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District 9, Neill Blomkamp (2009)

Nasty, brutish, and short treatise on xenophobia. The plot means to disturb, but of course comes to all the appropriate narrative and ideological conclusions–the oppressed are liberated; the oppressors punished–so in fact proves quite reassuring. The fun here is all in the art direction, which is gleefully gritty and visceral. I’m still fuming over Avatar, and District 9 offers another reason to hate Cameron’s movie: Its utter cartoonishness, not just in the animated sequences but throughout. That is not a problem here; when the pale, sweaty, infected guy barfs black bile on his birthday cake, you feel like he got some on you.

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  1. I'm not so sure the oppressed got liberated, given the last image of the movie. Partially liberated. Perhaps a “District 10” is in the future?

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