Posted by: Joe Eds | August 31, 2009

District 9: The Leftist Alien Movie?

The sci-fi action / metaphor-heavy District 9 is doing good business on the back of good reviews and a smart marketing campaign. But Erik Lundegaard sees it as a way-too-obvious metaphor, just like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and gives the film a general pan. The key quote:

“Transformers 2” is about sleek, metallic aliens who ally themselves with the U.S. military, and, despite the meddling of a petty bureaucrat, help protect the planet. The aliens stand tall, talk bland, ring hollow. They’re glossy and soulless. They’re basically metaphors for weaponry. That’s why the film feels of the right.

“District 9” is about slimy, crustacean-like aliens who ally themselves with a petty bureaucrat to protect themselves from the military. They scavenge, disregard property rights, spray gang graffiti. They’re soulful but gritty. They’re obviously metaphors for an oppressed minority. That’s why the film feels of the left.

Despite Lundegaards’ bad review, I still want to see this.

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