“District 9” is just full of
Unlikely premise #1:
20 years ago, an alien spaceship appears to hover, but not land, just
The aliens inside the spaceship are found to be extremely malnourished,
and apparently grateful to be evacuated.
Once on land, they are herded into a barbed-wire area that feels
suspiciously like a refugee camp. There,
they multiply, but so does violence and poverty and gangs and all the scourges
which the earthlings have to offer.
The government, deciding that the whole settlement, while once a
feel-good ecumenical extraterrestrial experiment, is now a blight and a burden
that needs to be removed. Accordingly,
they make plans to relocate the apparently hapless expatriates to a more
One alien seems to have been working on a repair to the command module
that would activate the spaceship again, but some of his precious fluid
accidentally spilled on an earthling, who begins to morph into an alien.
The only hybrid creature can now activate the alien weaponry, which was
apparently safeguarded with a DNA-type security system.
The smart alien, like E.T., only wants to go home, and if he can, take
his son with him. So our hybrid,
once the chief persecutor, helps him, much to the consternation of his human
The hybrid becomes a kind of martyr for the cause of freedom, except
that the heroes aren’t the humans.
It’s a wonder that the movie called “District 9” was ever
produced, because it is so original, even to the sci-fi genre.
Certainly, it’s not for everyone.
But it’s a cut way above the typical summer platitudes.
Questions For Discussion:
Do you think there is life on other planets?
If so, what would they look like, and would they be friendly toward
When have you completely changed your mind
regarding your attitude toward a certain group of others?
What was the group, and what made you change your mind?
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace
Presbyterian Church, Greenville, Texas