One of my favorite films from this year's SXSW was Monsters, the directorial debut of a resourceful British independent filmmaker by the name of Gareth Edwards. Because Monsters is a low budget movie set in Earth's near future about aliens that live in a quarantined zone in a third world country, it is only inevitable that people make the comparison between Edwards' film and Neill Blomkamp's District 9. A coy marketing campaign on the part of Magnet Releasing, who are distributing the film in the United States, that keeps the titular non-humans out of the spotlight isn't helping anything, either.

So the question is, is Monsters indeed this year's District 9?

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