tisdag, augusti 25

District 9 - shocking SA apartheid with aliens

Expecting to have had a similar shocking impact as Slumdog Millionaire, District 9 with its resemblance to South Africa’s apartheid system from 1948-1994. Based on the short film Alive in Joburg, produced by Sharlto Copley who also stars in D-9, it reinforces the shocking truth of the segregation and lack of humane compassion that was apparent.

Rather than whites versus blacks it is aliens that feature. Landing on Earth and being captured by the government causing their affiliation with other imprisoned Nigerian gang members.

To overthrow the government wanting to relocate the prisoners 240kms away in “District 10”; possibly offering a sequel to the events occurring there. The renegade gang has to take matters into their own hands and stop the testing of the main character Wikus from being harvested as it turns out he has alien DNA. Giving underlying connections to the apartheid regime.

Producers Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson (of Halo computer game fame) set to work with the demise of Halo (the film) after a disagreement between Fox, Universal and Microsoft. QED International ended up financing the film and even in the short time the film has been available looks like Fox et al have missed out.

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