Saturday, February 12, 2011
The portrayal of aliens in District 9 is far different than in other Sci-Fi movies I have seen. Rather than depicting them as "evil" creatures, they are given many emotions that emulate a human. Many of the aliens are more kind than most of the humans, allowing the audience to feel sympathy rather than fear for the species. The aliens seem to be depicting African peoples victimized by apartheid - they are forced to live in ghettos and live menial lives, with the human race discriminating against them. After a comment that was made in class, I realized the intrigue with aliens is that we (movie makers, authors, etc) can make them anything we want. They are the unknown. Yet, there is one very definitive idea of the personality of aliens throughout many films. I think this portrayal is exceptionally interesting because it removes the stigma many movies have created for aliens in the past and gives them human characteristics.
Posted by Sara at 1:57 PM