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Originally posted by downisreallyup
Could Aliens be influencing Hollywood?
Yesterday I went and saw Avatar, and a couple days earlier I watched District 9. After watching both movies, which I thought were both great, I was suddenly struck by something:
If I were in charge of Alien Public Relations, those two movies would be exactly what I would have produced! After watching them both I really came to see humanity as an ugly, barbaric, fear-ladened, money-grubbing, harsh, unenlightened bunch of thugs... and I think that is exactly what I was supposed to feel.
In District 9 humanity was the host of an alien group, and what did we do? Well, we shuffled them into a terrible slum, and treated them like animals... not unlike what we have done to many of our own kind throughout the centuries.
In Avatar humanity was the guest of an alien world, and what did we do? Well, we raped and pillaged their land, disrespecting them completely, and always looking for the way to profit from them, even while pretending to actually like them or wanting to learn from them... not unlike what we have done to many of our own kind throughout the centuries.
My question is this: why would TWO movies, each tacking this very different track, be produced and released now? I mean, Avatar was the most expensive movie ever made, and this masterpiece does wonders at showing just what a bunch of scumbags we really are. Is this just an elaborate piece of self-examination and self-loathing, or is there something bigger going on?
How can we find out more?
Originally posted by bluestreak53
reply to post by Lillydale
I am not disagreeing with you that these movies might be intended to have such embedded messages (or others), but there is an alternative. They are primarily just entertainment and escapism. I find it rather tedious that so many people think there MUST be a message in each and every movie (or at least each and every Sci-Fi movie) and that furthermore. it must be the message they are reading into the or interpreting from the movie rather than someone elses idea or interpretation.
Furthermore, it is possible the the creators of the movie (scriptwriter, director, actors) have many concepts that they incorporate when they make the movie with no simple "one line message" intended.
As far as District 9 goes, I think it is entirely conceivable the movie would mean many things to many viewers and I find many of the oft-repeated interpretations that this is obviously about South Africa's apartheid history to be just one of many possibilities. To some South African viewers, the movie was more clearly a comment about South Africa's present problems with migrants fleeing the exceptionally brutal and nasty regime in Zimbabwe.
It IS possible that every movie contains many layers of interpretation that are unique to every person who experiences it, just like a good novel, song performance or other work of art.
On the other hand, I do think it is an interesting idea that alien cultures may have capacities to seed concepts into our culture through our subconscious. But even if they were doing this, there is absolutely no reason this would be limited to such obvious means as influencing us to make a movie about aliens.