posted on Sep, 3 2013 @ 01:45 PM
The Director, being South African, has made both of his big summer movies "District 9" and "Elysium" to be parodies of what happened in South
Africa in the mid to late 90s. Each movie is a fairly accurate representation of South Africa, and to a lesser extent, Rhodesia.
What happened. The socioeconomic term brain drain coupled with an influx of immigrants too quickly for the society to handle. The average IQ of a
sub-Saharan African is right around 80. There is no conjecture about this, and racism has nothing to do wit it, it is quite a matter of fact. All
the smart South Africans, black, white, Indian (lots of Indians, Gandhi was South African), colored, who were literally keeping the country held
together fled. Overwhelming immigration, crime, and economic factors contributed to this brain drain. What was left was a country that was accepting
sub-Saharan immigrants almost unchecked. Assimilation was almost non-existent, crime shot through the roof, and the remaining infrastructure had no
hope of supporting the population. To top it all off, there were very few people with the education, smarts, training, or talent to keep it all
together. The people flooding the country have little to no skill, little to no education, not necessarily the smarts, and massive birth rate.
Unfortunately they haven't the capability to improve their lot in life, even if some wish to do so. So the squalor in South Africa, over the last 20
years, has become an enormous burden, and for the foreseeable future, looks to only get worse.
To put it shortly, South Africa and Rhodesia turned into 3rd world countries in 20 years because of the mentioned factors. I think the depictions of
Los Angeles in the movie reflect the director's experiences quite accurately. There is a distinct repetition of events that happened in South Africa
in the last 20 years vs the last 10 years in LA. Who knows if his depiction is right or wrong in the end, but considering that LA is on the verge of
bankruptcy, with social programs being supported by an increasingly dwindling population, I can certainly see the similarity.
I think in the two movies he's made, Neill Blomkamp has basically done a brief history of South Africa with a sci-fi twist.