District 9

Matt and I watched District 9 last night. I’ll be blunt: those who proclaimed it “the best SciFi movie of 2009″ are either smoking crack or drinking “the fluid”. I enjoyed the Star Trek film far more.

District 9 left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it is a compelling story that resonates with anybody watching the hispanic immigration issues (“looking after our own” versus compassion, mixed with ugly “racial” bias). On the other hand, the scenes that make you feel are spaced too far apart to keep you emotionally engaged – forced to take a back seat to action and fantasy tech scenes.

I was left thinking District 9 is a movie that could’ve been much, much better if it didn’t try to cater to the lowest common denominator. Matt’s impression was less favorable. A pity: we both had high hopes for it.