New indie flick District 9 is about bureaucrats trying to evict 1.5 million stranded, buglike aliens from a vast slum outside Johannesburg, South Africa. What happens when slum life gets turned into a CGI actionfest? Something that's almost revolutionary.
This essay will contain spoilers. I have already said that I think District 9 is one of the best science fiction movies of the year, and indeed maybe one of the best SF movies of all time. You can read my spoiler-free review of it here. In this post, I'm going to analyze the movie critically, not because the film is bad but because it's so rich that it deserves critical engagement.