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The Day of the Triffids (1962)

The Day of the Triffids (1962): United Kingdom – directed by Steve Sekely

Not rated by the MPAA – contains some violence, mature themes, and ambulatory plants

The Day of the Triffids is a fair deal more serious than I thought a movie about carnivorous plants who can move and kill people ought to be.  But placing it in the historical timeline, it comes from the line of British sci-fi horror movies made in the 1960’s.  Other films, such as The Day the Earth Caught Fire, dealt seriously with somewhat silly subjects.  Here the subject is giant plants.

Actually, it goes a little deeper than that.  There is a meteor shower all over earth, with bright colors and brilliant lights.  There’s a Navy man (Howard Keel) at a hospital in the UK who can’t wait to get his eye bandages off and begs to be able to see the meteor shower.  But no, he must wait until the next morning to remove the bandages.

However, the next morning he is one of the few people on earth who can see.  Everyone who watched the meteor shower has gone blind.  Also, the shower made a nice domesticated plant called the triffid go crazy.  Pretty soon the plants are shuffling along the ground and attacking everyone in sight.  And the problem isn’t just relegated to Great Britain, as our Navy man finds out soon enough.

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District 9

District 9 (2009): South Africa/New Zealand – Directed by Neill Blomkamp

Rated R by the MPAA – contains graphic bloody violence and gore, profanity

I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, so yesterday I asked Aimee if she was interested in watching it with me.  She asked how violent it was and I replied that the MPAA only said it contained bloody violence and pervasive language.  I figured bloody violence would be something like people and aliens getting shot and bloody spurting out.  She watched the trailer and agreed to see it with me.

Well, the MPAA wasn’t exactly right.  Instead of gunshots and some bloody spurting we are treated to both bloody and gooey wounds, limbs getting blown off, heads ripped away from their bodies, entire people exploding, and a pig getting shot at someone!

Going in I had been intrigued by the prospect of a fairly original science fiction movie, judging by the early buzz.  I was not disappointed.  I had stayed away from most of the early reviews so didn’t actually know that much about the plot.  I knew there was a giant alien mothership over Johannesburg and that all the aliens were encamped in a slum called District 9.  After that I figured some stuff happened and things got crazy.  Knowing that much was good, as it enabled the movie to unfold in unexpected ways.

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