Science-fiction movies are thinking less and feeling more. A genre once heavy with futuristic hardware and mind-blowing themes has discovered its gentler, more sensitive side. Two movies now playing neatly display this evolution.
Representing the more traditional approach is âDistrict 9,â Neill Blomkampâs yarn about a race of lobsterish aliens stranded on Earth. Blomkamp, a South African, uses the setup to comment on his countryâs history of apartheid and race relations. Itâs a classic example of sci-fi providing a metaphor for real-world concerns.