郎咸平教授的一本书中,曾把电影行业的本质,归结为「刺中观众的幻想神经」。如果说「变形金刚2」充分印证了这一论断的正确性,那么上周五刚刚在北美上映的「District 9」(第九区),则为我们展示了现代电影工业是如何在影院之外,继续大范围、凶狠地完成这一「刺中」使命的。

考虑到大多数朋友还没有机会一睹这部IMDB user rating高达8.8的影片芳容,本客不打算透露D9的详细剧情。这部典型的cult影片,大致描述了一个外星人造访地球,并于地球人和平但并非和睦相处的故事。作为本周的北美票房冠军,D9在取得巨大的商业成功同时,还在2万多名影迷的投票帮助下,位列IMDB历史最佳影片第31位。

简单地说,D9的本质,就是导演Neill Blomkamp(1979)对诞生于八、九十年代,成长在“虚拟世界”文化影响下新一代电影观众的致礼。



I am an outlander working in District 9. Surely you’ve heard of District 9, reader? It is very real. I am very real.

Call me “Christopher.”

I am one of the thousands of outlanders who are exploited and mistreated by the MNU Corporation – and by extension the government and the entire world. I implicate you in my suffering.

What are you going to do about it?

-Christopher, 1:28 AM


相信WOW玩家对D9世界观的设定,以及外星人丑陋的面貌、古怪的语言不会陌生。而外星武器强大的杀伤力和血肉横飞的临场使用效果,伴随Doom成长的电玩一代也会觉得熟悉。是的,这部电影就是为他们而生。是他们造就了这部电影,Blomkamp is one of them …

坦率地说,这部影片与社会意义、人类反思,甚至种族隔离无关。在故事设定的世界观中,要求人类与外星避难者相亲相爱,是不道德的。想想片中大部分外星人的可怕外表、怪异举止、暴力倾向,还有那个被捏造出的prolonged sexual activity桥段。。。很遗憾,这世界上不是什么都能假设的。问一个错误的问题,来挑战观众理性的底线,其实没有任何意义。

D9的真正价值,在于揭示了一个事实,那就是今天的“虚拟世界”subculture正在向明日的mainstream快速演进。D9的fans,也许很快就不再是生活在这社会角落的一群。他们会慢慢变老,可在上一代人眼里,他们将不再长大 – 这并非必要,因为世界已悄然改变。




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