For the first 30 minutes, I wondered if District 9 was a failed drama that had become an unintended comedy. The trailer’s tone seemed serious, but the crustacean-shaped aliens that loved to dig through trash and devour cans of cat food were comical.
I soon realized the initial presentation was by design. And when the film switches from the viewpoint of the documentary filmmakers to that of the creatures and we begin to read their subtitled thoughts, we then empathize and understand that our initial judgments were unfounded.
District 9 is a film about the prejudices we sometimes have for the foreign and unfamiliar and how those false judgments often lead to injustice and inhumanity.