Unexpectedly Good


I don't watch movies that often. It's hard to sit still on the couch and pay attention to only the television. I'm usually multi-tasking (which explains many of the grammar and spelling errors here) so following a movie plot is tricky.

But for our flight to Los Angeles for the Rose Bowl, Jason downloaded a movie to pass the time. We were utterly absorbed by a movie I hadn't heard much about when it was in the theaters, but it's one of the best I've seen in a very long time: District Nine.

There's no actor in it that you will have ever heard of, but that's often the way with the superb movies you never expected.

The summary from IMDB explains the sci-fi plot: "In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. "

You may doubt it, as I did initially, but it's really, really good. Your sympathies shift as the plot unfolds and it leaves you still thinking about it the next day. I told Jason, and he said, "Me too."

A sequel would be very helpful.

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