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This is my latest on Indian Country Today, which I will have to embargo for a period of time which would probably mean the film would no longer be in the first run theaters.  So you'll have to click over if you are interested.  That's the eyeball biz.

This is an opinion column disguised as a movie review. It contains no spoilers.

Neil Blomkamp’s first outing in big-budget movie making was District 9, a science fiction thought piece on racism and xenophobia. “Big budget” is a relative term, and Blomkamp was no doubt able to put together the $30 million District 9 cost to shoot because of his position as a protégé of Peter Jackson, the man who may have turned New Zealand permanently into Middle Earth.

When this “small” independent film earned costs of production back in the first weekend and racked up four 2010 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, it was safe to say Blomkamp’s next outing would be on more than a wing and a prayer.

This year, we have Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and released by TriStar. When a relative rookie like Blomkamp makes his way to the big time with a political statement, it’s fair to wonder if he will stay with the inherently risky plan of making people think with their popcorn....


Originally posted to l on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 06:03 AM PDT.

Also republished by Native American Netroots.

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