(Closed) District 9

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Hubby and I tried to see it last night but tickets were sold out 🙁 (unless we wanted to hang around doing nothing until a midnight showing lol) We will hopefully see it soon though, maybe next weekend.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I saw it (Fiancee and I did a double feature, that was his pick, my pick was Ponyo!)contrast much?

What I took from the “underlying meaning” socially I disagreed with and thought was lame…

I took the “meaning” to be that people who do bad things are only a product of their environment, and they only do bad things because they have to in order to survive. Which I think to a point it’s true, but moreso it is something too many people use as a scapegoat and an excuse… I think it’s only true for a small small percentage, and the rest are just too lazy to try to rise above their surroundings/upbringing.

I guess this hit home for me because, if I were to be a product of my upbringing and surroundings… if I had not chosen to be different, to work my ass off to get out of it and to be strong… then I would be a criminal crackhead prostitue right now. No joke. My parents are BAD people… and if what the movie hinted at, “The man/system just keeps you down.” is true, then if I were that crackhead prostitute, then I would probably be in jail, too.

I think that who you become is strictly a reflection of your choices. I chose to be better. I’m sick of people using excuses.

*steps off soapbox*

On a different note about the movie though, this is the only alien movie I’ve seen where they give the alien a sense of humanity, it isn’t strictly this bloodthirsty, human dismembering crazy monster of doom. 🙂 Oh, and the makeup people did an awesome job with Wikus’s arm!

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I really enjoyed it!

I thought there were massive plotholes which greatly detracted from my enjoyment… until I saw this interview with the director explaining the backstory (spoiler warning!):

http://io9.com/5331799/district-9s-director-tells-us-all-about-his-alien-back-story

I think the social commentary was more around the forced eviction from slums – something very similar happened in Cape Town in the 70’s to District 6:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_Six

Fascinating stuff…

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I can enjoy a good alien movie.  “Independence Day” rocked and is/was my personal favorite.  I don’t want a political alien movie.

I really want to see this but if it’s not going to entertain me, then it’s a no-go.

I see too much real life in my line of work and like escapism in my entertainment! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

I’m different. I don’t like sci-fi unless it has a point. My dad and Fiance love action movies so I will go with them to this one b/c I heard it’s got lots of action. I think it’s a good blend for attracting thinkers and ‘doers’.  🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

The movie is entertaining and not heavy handed…  the final 1/3 of the movie has a ton of action too.

It’s pretty graphic though.  It’s not quite a horror film… but it definitely earns its R rating!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

Hmmm the Fiance and I were considering a night out at the movies tonight to catch this…interesting thoughts everyone!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

I was slightly dissappointed, but this happens when a movie is hyped up a lot.  I did like the concept, but thought it all seemed somewhat familiar in the end.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

That’s really interesting, Mr. Bee! It makes me feel a little better about the underlying meaning. I had never heard of District 6 in Cape Town!

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