Movies: District 9

District 9 is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. I only realized yesterday (Oscar Night) that it was nominated for four Academy Awards. Unfortunately, it didn’t win anything. But, as they say, it’s an honor just to be nominated! I was a huge fan of the unknown cast, because I think it helps the viewer concentrate more fully on the story. And the story in this movie is so layered and thought-provoking.

Sara Vilkomerson of The New York Observer wrote in her review, “District 9 has the aesthetic trappings of science fiction but it’s really more of a character drama, an examination of how a man responds when he’s forced to confront his identity during extraordinary circumstances.” It’s one of the most important questions in life, and one we seem to have much difficulty with — this notion that it’s not the situation that defines your life, but your response to the situation.

I feel like the movie is more enjoyable the less you know about it going in, so I’m not going to say anything else. But I highly recommend it!