August 14, 2009, - 3:25 pm

Weekend Box Office: Interesting “District 9”, Decent Chick Flick “Traveler’s Wife”

By Debbie Schlussel

This week presents an interesting juxtaposition between the sci-fi/alien invasion flick “District 9” (aimed at guys) and “The Traveler’s Wife” (a chick flick).  Both were decent.  I did not see “The Goods:  Live Hard, Sell Hard” but will be seeing it this weekend and will add my review later.


*  “District 9“:  It’s rare that I enjoy a left-wing piece of pure propaganda.  But I enjoyed District 9 because it’s well done, even if it has a nauseating, “Aliens are people, too” message.  Sorry, they ain’t.

We’ve seen this before:  Robots are people, too; Animals are people, too;  etc.  It’s not a new theme in the movies.  And here it’s pimped in an equally heavy-handed manner.   Still, to me, if you can watch the movie through a critical eye, you can enjoy it. It was entertaining and better than the usual crappy August release.

In this case, producer Peter Jackson says it’s supposed to be, by analogy, the telling of the story of how Blacks were treated under apartheid in South Africa.  But, then, I guess he’s saying that Blacks were murderous, violent thugs who contributed nothing, because that’s what the aliens do in this movie.  And if I were Black South Africans–or any Blacks–I’d be pretty miffed at the comparison, even if, now that Blacks do control South Africa, things are very violent there, and there’s a lot of Black-on-White violence and rape there.

The story:  an alien spaceship hovers over urban South Africa for a long time, and finally authorities go up to the spaceship and rescue the dirty, slime covered aliens, cleaning ’em up and giving them a place to live–a camp called “District 9.”  The aliens, who look like giant crustaceans are nicknamed “prawns.”  No-one wants them there–except left-wing human rights advocates (typical).  They are violent, they maim and kill people, and they are a drain on resources.  Idiotic government bureaucrats–finally deciding, under civilian pressure, to get rid of them–come to District 9 to give the alien prawns eviction notices.  The aliens laugh and mock them, violently attacking them.  One bureaucrat, a happy-go-lucky, not-too-bright bureaucrat (who got his job through his father-in-law, who is in the South African government), gets infected with prawn blood and soon becomes very sympathetic to their cause, given what happens to him.

The movie, shot in documentary/news report style, wants us to feel sorry for the prawns.  But I didn’t.  I felt they should have dropped a giant bomb on “District 9” . . . sent me one of the “No Non-Human Loitering” signs as a souvenir (if you are reading this and are from the studio, please send me one).

Think the Palestinians.  That’s what I did throughout the movie.

I viewed the alien prawns as Palestinians because they acted just like them (though Palestinians are far more scary).  The aliens came from out of nowhere–the “Palestinian people” was invented out of nowhere (since they were basically Jordanians and other Arabs who wanted to get work and then land-squat).  The good people of a Western country were nice to the aliens, and they took advantage. . . just like the Palestinians.

The aliens who were a few hundred had a ton of kids, spawning to a number in the hundreds of thousands . . .just like the Palestinians (who became millions).  They were a drain on resources and lived and acted like animals . . . just like our friends from the Religion of Peace of the Palestinian persuasion.  They were violent–killing and maiming innocent civilians . . . just like you know who.  The Palestinians.  Human rights activists and lefties were all over the news as apologists and sympathetic advocates for the violent prawns . . . just like they do for the Palestinians (and every other ilk of violent Muslim).

“District 9” was entertaining, so long as you don’t buy the message.  Aliens aren’t people, too.  They must be destroyed.  They should have been.  But I liked the movie anyway.  It’s a great statement on how you lose control of your country, your culture, your safety, when you feel bad for those who want to kill you.

Violent, bloody, and full of swear-words, this is NOT for kids. It’s rated “R” for a reason.


* “The Time Traveler’s Wife“: As chick flicks go, this isn’t bad. In fact, it’s one of the better ones, since it also includes an element of science fiction: time travel. It reminded me of “The Twilight Zone” in many ways. Except . . . except that Rod Serling wouldn’t have included so much cloying, manipulative heart-string tugging, and there wouldn’t have been any melodrama, though thankfully, that was kept to a minimum here, which made the movie that much more enjoyable. Could have done without the negative comment about Republicans and hunters, though.

A woman meets up with and marries the man of here dreams, a time traveler, who appears and disappears throughout time, unpredictably beyond his control. She first meets as a little girl when he lands–in his time travel–in the meadow behind her family’s home. Thereafter, he appears and re-appears, and even appears to his younger or older self. Sometimes, the appearing, disappearing, and re-appearing feels a little herky-jerky, as does the sometimes out-of-sequence scenes. But you figure it out in the end.

To tell anymore would give it away. This was entertaining, but very sad. It’s a tear-jerker, with a bittersweet ending. Still, it’s one of the better chick flicks.


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21 Responses

I’m hoping to see District 9 soon. I really get into the viral marketing program with some of these movies. I looked for the “No Non-Human Loitering” signs on the site. All they had for a download was the alien target.

Speaking of the bleeding hearts, the producers made a site for the ones who believe in equality, fairness, etc.


cirrus1701 on August 14, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Ebay has a bunch of the movie posters already…for those who are interested.

cirrus1701 on August 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm

district 9 looks interesting, but the time travler’s wife does not

mindy abraham on August 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I’ve been kind of looking forward to seeing this movie, although I thought it looked like it had a real left-wing BS storyline. I don’t know if you meant it generically when you called Peter Jackson “director”, but he didn’t direct this. He was the producer.

Daniel Middleman on August 15, 2009 at 12:41 am

I thought it was more of parable for what will happen to Europe if they don’t get a grip on their burgeoning Islamic populations. The difference being that the prawns don’t want to be here and it’s not their goal to create a worldwide society based on their religious beliefs.

Mark G. on August 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm

District 9 was laughably pathetic. That’s okay, it was directed by a 27 year old.
When I first saw the protagonist in the movie, I assumed he was the quintessential “first to die” character.
BTW, how do you explain the black Africans acting in the movie? Apparently, they read the script.

49smudge on August 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I’m not sure I understand why you don’t like the message of District 9. Apparently far left “Human rights advocates” are disgusting? What’s wrong with wanting human rights…?

Are you saying we should force ethnic groups into camps like District 9? Were you even watching the same movie as I was? They had no source of food, clean water, bathrooms, or education. How do you expect them to act? Beside all that, their border is militarized and they are routinely slaughtered.

So again, how were people nice to them? They wanted to move them to a concentration camp (and succeeded.) You viewed all of the atrocities committed upon those sentient creatures in that movie and still side with the MNU (which was basically a caricature of evil corporations in the movie) What the hell?

If you were in a camp like that, like a Jew in World War 2, or a black person in South Africa a few decades ago, how would someone writing a blog post about you saying you would be fine if they were all killed make you feel? You lack empathy and have an overabundance of hatred. This movie was made for you.

I don’t care if you refuse to publish this, I hope you read it though. I’m very disappointed.

D: Uh, alien invaders are not “ethnic groups.” They’re not even human. Oh, and as a Jew, I resent the comparison to an alien prawn. We’re hardly the same, in case you didn’t notice. We are human. DS

Daniel on August 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Please spare me your mock indignation.

    The “Prawns” were a sentient species of aliens that were being forced to live on Earth in a militarized slum so a corporation could reverse engineer their weapons. The point of the movie was that a majority group will always mistreat a minority group that it does not understand and therefore fears/hates. Sometimes race is the reason, sometimes creed, sometimes political ideologies. In this movie they were a different species altogther.

    That is how I drew a parallel to the Jews in World War 2, who went through a very similar ordeal, or black people and their struggle for civil rights across the globe (this movie specifically parallels the situation in South Africa.)
    It is easy to look at a group of people in a certain situation and their behavior and say “well they are worthless, they are just criminals and thugs.” Well how exactly are they supposed to act? They’ve basically been reduced to animals, with no education, no means of obtaining food or water, barely allowed to keep the shacks that they themselves erected up. So yes they take to crime, and hatred. “Oh but he murdered the soldier who had a gun in his face” yeah, the Prawns were totally not antagonized at all in this movie. With the proper help they could have kept their culture while at the same time living peacefully next to the South Africans.

    Daniel on August 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Maybe if the prawns were treated like human f***ing beings and not trash they wouldn’t be so pissed off. You know, running water, food, not being segregated, humane laws, education for their young ones ETC

I know you’re just pandering to your far-right lunatic fans but oh my god there are too many people like you in the world who just refuse to have empathy for anybody else’s situation. “F*** the gays and the blacks and the jews, this is ‘MERICA”


Thomas A. on August 17, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Debbie, you obviously were not paying attention to the movie, or are too concerned with grinding your axe with the Liberals. MNU had too much to gain from the genetic and weapons research on the aliens to kill them all. They couldn’t destroy/dismantle the ship without risking Joburg. Africans, Aliens, and Whites are all shown to have issues, and the only truly noble characters were Christopher, little CJ, and Wikus’ wife.

Just me on August 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Daniel wrote:

[The “Prawns” were a sentient species of aliens that were being forced to live on Earth in a militarized slum so a corporation could reverse engineer their weapons. The point of the movie was that a majority group will always mistreat a minority group that it does not understand and therefore fears/hates. Sometimes race is the reason, sometimes creed, sometimes political ideologies. In this movie they were a different species altogther.

That is how I drew a parallel to the Jews in World War 2, who went through a very similar ordeal, or black people and their struggle for civil rights across the globe (this movie specifically parallels the situation in South Africa.)]

Actually, apartheid-era South Africa undermines your argument since the minority White population dominated the Black majority during that era. (That truth always amazed me being part of a once ruthlessly oppress Black minority in America.)

Thus, don’t always feel sorry for the minority, who under the right circumstances can become tyrants. See the secular European majority bending over for the Islamic jihadist minority for the sake of being “tolerant.”

Fred on August 17, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    From a socioeconomic perspective, minority and majority refers to the distribution of power and money, not raw numbers. Thus even though there were many more blacks than whites in apartheid-era South Africa, the blacks were the minority. I think that was what Daniel meant.

    Carl on August 30, 2009 at 1:26 am

Yeah, considering the wonderful way the aliens were portrayed (selling weapons to gang-leaders, raiding neighborhoods, derailing trains) I couldn’t really show much sympathy for them. Sure being stuck on Earth sucked but they really should’ve policed themselves better.

Jarod on August 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    How do you think the aliens ended up that way? The humans locked them in a concentration camp with insufficient resources or access to education. The Humans could have tried to help the Aliens leave, but instead they locked them down so that they could reverse engineer their technology.

    I’d really like to see how you’d do if you ended up stranded on some alien planet under similar conditions.

    Dave on December 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

I too would like to exterminate the palestinian people, you are right that they are a violent drain on civilisation and no more human than these aliens depicted in the film. You should go into politics so your views may reach a wider audience, I’d vote for you!

Divvy on October 15, 2009 at 7:00 am

Debbie Schlussel = jew bitch

Debbie Schlussel on December 27, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Debbie Schlussel learn to write a review dont get all political and racist at the same time

Debbie Schlussel on December 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm

To comment on Debbie’s reply to Daniel, 150 years ago in the United States, African Americans were only considered 5/9 human. And in 1940s Europe, the Jews were considered nothing more than vermin by the Nazis. Based off your logic, since neither of these people were ‘human’, you imply that they do not deserve ethical treatment as well. Is this the case, or am I not following your logic correctly?

I’d like to know what your standard is for treating a sentient being ethically? Is the only requirement that they be human?


Stephanie on February 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm

You know, pigs, cows, and horses are not people either. You ever read Animal Farm?

Chris on March 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

Really? your really gonna say that when the aliens could easily be seen as a metaphor for ANYONE who’s been detained in foreign lands for little to no reason.

Hardboiled detective on April 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Hi Debbie just wanted to let you know i think your a real treat and a faggot nigger.

Stephen on December 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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