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Occasionally, there will come a film that will move you, inspire you, fill you with awe, and change you in your inmost being. The beauty of the art will cause you to stir within, and recognize that it can’t be a simple story, but some variant of truth. It is then, my friends, that we are altered. The Holy Spirit moves through us and in us at all times, and why not use a simple tale to tell the hope?
District 9 has received some harsh ratings. Those ratings pushed me away from the film for some time. Ratings cannot last forever. We cannot stand on the shoulders of giants if we want to see the horizon. We can hear the tales, but we must learn to experience it ourselves. True height is not measured by inches or feet, but by heart and passion. And this is why I decided to take this journey.
There are many thematic elements found in District 9, and they resonate within all of us. Today, a friend shared with me a quote. “Truth, at first, is examined and objectified. Then, it is rejected and scorned. Lastly, it is accepted as self-evident.” While that is not a word for word, the essence and flavor is just as intense. District 9 has been harshly received and trashed because of the truth in the film. We see our human condition in it. At this point, I will give the spoiler alert. Stop now if you don’t want to ruin the movie experience. Also please note thatDistrict 9 is rated R, and for good reason. If you object to extreme language, violence, and blood, do not watch this film. What can be learned from this film does not justify the subjection to it. This film is not suitable for anyone under 17 years of age. Having your children watch it with you, my friend, is a form of child abuse.
Very simple: mother ship arrives and is broken. Twenty years later, the aliens live in District 9 and face relocation to District 10. The main character works for an evil company abusing aliens for their own profit. He is innocent. During a transition in the alien living quarters, an incident occurs that begins to transform him into one of the aliens. The company wants to dissect him to obtain his powers to use the alien weaponry for profit. He escapes, and works with the hidden director of the mother ship to save him by venturing to the mother ship, fixing it, and heading to the home planet. During acquisition of the fuel, the pilot (in this case) discovers the medical abuses his people are suffering, and vows to save the all. This means that he will be gone three years while securing backup from his planet. The movie ends with him leaving, and the main character is left behind.
To keep fairly brief and share how this impacted me, we will only review two lessons to be had (and why everyone hates the movie so much).
The main character is playing with an alien tool and gets fluid in his eyes. It contaminates him, and begins his slow transition into the lowly creature in the slums. He finds motivation to save himself and do everything he can, but ultimately can’t. He completes the transformation into an alien, awaiting the pilot’s return to change him back so he can return to his wife.
This is our condition. We bit the fruit, committed the sin. We all have sinned. We all fall short. Our sin has condemned us, and following the Law, our conviction stands. We have no life but a low one, in the slums of hell. The sin was small, perhaps. But it was still sin. We stained our eyes through lustful glances, hurt our tongue with harsh words, and damaged our ears in devil worship. We are doomed. The transformation has begun – changing us into a disgusting creature of carnal nature. Like our main character, we shall die, destroyed. Yet also like our main character, there is a hope. The chance for healing is almost here. For him, it is the return of the spaceship, if it were to ever occur. For us, however, it is much simpler, yet infinitely harder. His name is Jesus Christ. He died on the cross 2,000 years ago for our sin. If we would simply believe, and follow, and obey, we would be healed. The change to good would yet again occur, and be completed. Without Him, we are hopeless. This is what the film shares – the doomed nature as we identify with the main character, but the reality that our Hope comes from Above (G-d, not aliens).
Isaiah speaks of how our Savior was to be despised, unrecognizable, and hated. The main character also shares this. His change was radical, known worldwide, and shocking. He showed the impossible to be possible. Yet we hated him, hunted him down, wanted him dead. Until as far as we cared, he was. But truth was this: he was still alive. This is a farther stretch, but does remind me of what Jesus suffered. We watched Him in awe, and ordered His execution. He died, but rose again. And He still loves us. Just as the main character still loves his wife, and holds out for her. I say we because in that time, in that situation, it would have been us. You cannot deny it. Look at how everyone idolizes Obama as our savior, and then his public favor dissipates when he acts according to his agenda and not to ours.
I was greatly moved, impressed, and influenced by District 9. So much so that I booted up my Netbook to blog about yet. So glad I’m not on my Android. At 1,000 words (a lengthy post indeed), that would have been most terrible. For me, 4 stars.
So, what did you think?Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.