History Headscratchers / District9

14th Sep '16 11:44:54 PM PaulA
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*** I immediately thought that they were called prawns for the same reason the formics from ''EndersGame'' were called that, and figured the reporter was intentionally ([[LackOfEmpathy or]] unintentionally trying to give it a ''[[CerebusRetcon more]]'' derogatory meaning.

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*** I immediately thought that they were called prawns for the same reason the formics from ''EndersGame'' ''Literature/EndersGame'' were called that, and figured the reporter was intentionally ([[LackOfEmpathy or]] unintentionally trying to give it a ''[[CerebusRetcon more]]'' derogatory meaning.
19th Aug '16 4:36:39 AM Morgenthaler
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*** This doesn't explain why the South African government thought it would be a good idea to give MNU so much power and authority in the first place, much less why they would allow them to run rampant ''no questions asked''. We see those guys abducting and detaining South African citizens without the authorities inquiring what's going on, and searching their private homes without a hint of at least the authorisation of a court (not to mention, slaughtering a slew of intelligent lifeforms). More so, MNU seems to instigate bounties on peoples' heads and broadcast them on national television, and have people arrested if they reveal information about the company's plain illegal activities. The South African government should have, at the very least, taken note of truly massive shootouts taking place between MNU, aliens and the Nigerian warlords and intervened, if only to show that... well... ''they still care'' about what's happening in their own country, even after 20 years. In fact, the only hint of intervention in the MNU's activitis for most of the film is UnitedNations expy threatening to write an StronglyWordedLetter... ''to a company''. In other words, MNU is doing stuff that even most democratically elected ''governments'' wouldn't get away with, both domestically and internationally.

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*** This doesn't explain why the South African government thought it would be a good idea to give MNU so much power and authority in the first place, much less why they would allow them to run rampant ''no questions asked''. We see those guys abducting and detaining South African citizens without the authorities inquiring what's going on, and searching their private homes without a hint of at least the authorisation of a court (not to mention, slaughtering a slew of intelligent lifeforms). More so, MNU seems to instigate bounties on peoples' heads and broadcast them on national television, and have people arrested if they reveal information about the company's plain illegal activities. The South African government should have, at the very least, taken note of truly massive shootouts taking place between MNU, aliens and the Nigerian warlords and intervened, if only to show that... well... ''they still care'' about what's happening in their own country, even after 20 years. In fact, the only hint of intervention in the MNU's activitis for most of the film is UnitedNations UsefulNotes/UnitedNations expy threatening to write an StronglyWordedLetter... ''to a company''. In other words, MNU is doing stuff that even most democratically elected ''governments'' wouldn't get away with, both domestically and internationally.
17th Aug '16 10:40:53 PM TheRoguePenguin
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13th Mar '16 5:13:24 PM valos
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** Plus, as much as it may potentially undermine the story, sadly the "MNU is THAT evil" answer exacerbates the previous more pragmatic answers. As with previous discussion above, they were quite willing to vivisect Wikus without anesthesia and didn't give any acknowledgement of his questions or objections. There may have been practical reasons (pressed for time, unknown potential effects of anesthetic), but at the same time it seems clear they dehumanized victims of hybridization just as they dehumanized the actual aliens. Assuming they didn't know what caused that (when it was implied they already knew), they likely wouldn't consider him to be a reliable source of information.
15th Jan '16 7:30:01 AM Anddrix
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* They were [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]] to prove their evilness. [[ViewersAreMorons We had to be shown]] they are bad, nasty people who ''deserve'' to get their building blown up and their soldiers killed. This is also why the colonel growls about how he "loves to watch Prawns die;" we need to see why PlotArmor makes him immune to machine guns, lightning cannons, and rocket launchers-- it's saving him for a bloodier fate later.

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* They were [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]] to prove their evilness. [[ViewersAreMorons We had to be shown]] shown they are bad, nasty people who ''deserve'' to get their building blown up and their soldiers killed. This is also why the colonel growls about how he "loves to watch Prawns die;" we need to see why PlotArmor makes him immune to machine guns, lightning cannons, and rocket launchers-- it's saving him for a bloodier fate later.
7th Dec '15 6:06:07 PM somellama
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**children learn our languages from scratch with reduced mental capacity by the age of four, most people learn new languages without any knowledge of them in 3-4 years. if you are talking about the constant interaction between a social worker and the "people" he is serving, after 10-20 years you would just interaction have most of it down, and note that the humans didn't speak prawn, only understood it.. which is easier than speaking a language.
24th Nov '15 10:08:58 AM Morgenthaler
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*** It doesn't just happen in documentaries, either. Take a look at Dalip Singh's dialogue in the remake of ''TheLongestYard''. Better safe than sorry with these things, I suppose.

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*** It doesn't just happen in documentaries, either. Take a look at Dalip Singh's dialogue in the remake of ''TheLongestYard''.''Film/TheLongestYard''. Better safe than sorry with these things, I suppose.
23rd Jul '15 4:54:30 PM AlexDKZ
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*** I think the movie made it pretty clear that the media was influenced by the MNU into exaggerating (if not outright fabricating) news to make the Prawns look bad to the publics. Just look how they lie about Wikus to ensure nobody would cooperate with him.
17th Dec '14 3:48:17 PM hunter139
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*** Humans have done much stupider things in real life; for instance, the US government basically gave the CIA a blank check to whatever they wanted with no governmental oversight. Needless to say, this was an incredibly stupid idea, since they constantly go around overthrowing third world governments. Not to mention, you clearly have no idea how many human rights crimes have been committed by corporations and all they got for it was a slap on the wrist. There wasn't really a bounty on Wikus' head and the guy who was in jail was likely arrested for corporate espionage, which, even if it exposed MNU's corruption, is still illegal. ''In other words, MNU is doing stuff that even most democratically elected ''governments'' wouldn't get away with, both domestically and internationally.'': Welcome to reality, my friend, where corporations are given freedoms that people are not. This was part of the message of the movie: corporations ''can'' and often ''do'' get away with crimes that would get anyone else thrown in prison for the rest of their lives.
9th Dec '14 1:41:10 PM Chubzhac
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* Did any of the humans ever consider what might happen if more capable, more well equipped aliens ever arrive on Earth and sees that their people are being treated like trash.

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* Okay, so the aliens in the film basically arrived here sick and desperate, but what would happen if another ship came to Earth? Did any of the humans ever stop to consider what might happen if more capable, more well equipped aliens ever arrive on Earth and sees that their people are being treated like trash.
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