District 9 as Science Fiction Essay

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I am unconvinced that District 9 is a science fiction movie. I’m not entirely sure where District 9 falls in the spectrum of movie genres, but I feel that its different styles and emphases make it a hybrid of SF and Monster elements encased in a Historically analogical Narrative.
In my attempt to definitively determine which genre I would place District 9, I referred to Sobchack for aid in defining the difference between Science Fiction and other closely related genres, like Horror or Monster films. Sobchack runs through her distinctions between SF and Horror genres thoroughly, detailing the differing emphasis in themes and attention. For instance, Sobchack believes that Horror films are characterized by their focus on the disruption of
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“That is not to say that the alien Others are never represented as threatening and villainous in contemporary SF, but rather to emphasize that if and when they are, it is generally within a narrative context in which other aliens are shown as friendly and ‘humane,’” such as Christopher Johnson and his son (293). Accepting that the prawns are not merely “like us” but that the prawns “‘are us’ is to assert and dramatize a relation of similitude – one that can be reversibly articulated as ‘We are aliens’” (297). With this in mind, the humans of them film can easily be viewed as the removed alien invaders into the life of the prawns as they resettle them and commit needless murders.
The resettlement of the prawns in this film to District 10 mimics the resettlement the government oversaw of lower class citizens and blacks into the slums in certain South African districts away from the higher-class eye. Van der Merwe, Vikus’ surname, is the generic surname used in most South African ethnic jokes about Afrikaners, a lower class of South Africans of Dutch descent that had almost as few rights as blacks during the Apartheid. This separation between Vikus and his higher-class peers is enough to isolate him, and knowing that “the Monster is almost always a misfit in the sense that he does not conform with accepted modes of accepted modes of social behavior,” this only furthers the

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