posted on Dec, 24 2009 @ 10:56 PM
The movie has been out on DVD now for long enough I feel safe posting this.
However to those that have not seen it, this may spoil some of it for you, be warned.
When I inserted the DVD, settled onto my couch, made comfortable the bowl of popcorn and took my first sip of soda, I was expecting a good to great
SCI-FI flick. Well I got what I wanted, and more.
The movie was as expected, an excellent example of special effects and even some decent acting.
Yet, I got far more than I bargained for.
I received a lesson in my own humanity.
Others may not have gotten this much from this film, but I can not speak for others, only for myself.
I of course knew about the overtones of prejudice that is addressed in the film, I was expecting that; I was not expecting my reaction, my sudden and
sickening revelations of who and what I am.
Faced with that which is so very foreign to us, we think ourselves so superior. Looking upon that which we consider strange, even grotesque, we know
in our hearts we are the greater, more benevolent beings.
WHAT AUDACITY AND ARROGANCE WE HUMANS POSSES
Would we treat visitors to this rock of ours any differently? Perhaps, perhaps not.
What I do know is that we do not have the best track record. Our history of treating those that differ from us, would shake the very foundations of an
So, as I am dealing with my revelations and watching the film, my popcorn going untouched, my drink undisturbed, I began to think deeply about my own
convictions, my own actions and my own thoughts. I then became deeply disturbed with myself.
Sure I talked a good game about equality and being color blind. But how would I act/react in the situation I was watching on the screen? How would I
treat Aliens such as was being presented?
I began to remember jokes I had listened to, even laughed at. I was ashamed.
I thought of the stereotyping I was guilty of.
And I continued to watch the movie.
Then I saw the change in the movie. When the lead became infected and started to deal with it, when he suddenly realized these "Prawns" were
intelligent and feeling, with emotions and an overwhelming desire to just get home, I started to routinely need to wipe the tears from my eyes. Not
tears for the movie as much as tears for the soul within me I was seeing in clarity for the very first time.
Then when the star stood, faced certain death, did the "right" thing for perhaps the first time in his life; I wanted to jump up and scream.. THAT
IS ME!!!!... That is how I would act!!!.. Yet is it? Sadly we are not a species that can change over night.
Yet we can change. Just exactly like Wikus did at the end, when finally he understood.
What does it take?
It takes understanding first and foremost who we are. Accepting what we are and wanting to change; wanting down in our souls to be better humans. Then
living day to day with that change in our minds.
It takes movies like District 9
This should be required watching for all adults.