There are many remaining secrets in "District 9."
Do hot women have an irresistible attraction to awkward kiwi guys in sweater vests? This was played for laughs in Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive. But here it seems we’re supposed to believe these two are really, really in love. I remain unconvinced…or at least uninterested.
Is the conceit of making the “prawns” sign eviction papers a joke about fascist bureaucracy, or is it just a poorly conceived narrative device? Or is it both? Also, are we to take Captain Prawn’s synthesis of rocket fuel in his home lab as a sign of prawn solidarity with rural American meth-addicts?
Was the film set in Johannesburg in order to demonstrate that even native Africans can be racist sons-of-bitches, thus making racism a human universal and absolving any white guilt over apartheid?
Also, it seems like no one, human or prawn, was very happy with this arrangement on earth. Why didn’t Captain Prawn tell the authorities he knew a way to restart the ship and take everyone back on their merry way?
Does every movie now just assume it is entitled to a sequel, building it into the final act even before audience has a chance to vote with their eyeballs?