- Camila María Concepcíon, trans activist and Netflix writer, dies at 28 Thursday 5:46 PM
- Chrissy Teigen calls out fan who made weird comment about her daughter’s feet Thursday 4:57 PM
- TikTok’s ‘clean queen’ says videos are helping her figure out ‘adulting’ Thursday 4:12 PM
- Clearview clients include ICE, Macy’s, Best Buy, leaked data reveals Thursday 4:08 PM
- Women are clamoring to get their photos on a Twitter feed of ‘hot mugshots’ Thursday 4:06 PM
- ‘Love Is Blind’ finale: Somehow, real love emerged from this dystopian setting Thursday 3:57 PM
- Creator of ‘Say So’ TikTok dance appears in Doja Cat music video Thursday 3:51 PM
- Is TikTok’s algorithm actually pretty racist? Thursday 3:45 PM
- Fans freaking out over ‘Say My Name’ horror remix featured in Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Thursday 3:33 PM
- CDC graphic warns most facial hair isn’t compatible with coronavirus protection measures Thursday 1:31 PM
- Tutoring website refuses to take down ad sexualizing Asian women Thursday 1:24 PM
- MSNBC pundit loses air time after saying Sanders staffers are ‘island of misfit Black girls’ Thursday 12:36 PM
- Court says YouTube isn’t subject to First Amendment scrutiny Thursday 11:06 AM
- Russian models are Instagramming life in Wuhan Thursday 11:00 AM
- Hilary Duff suggests ‘Lizzie McGuire’ revival was halted over adult storylines Thursday 10:37 AM
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is back with a series of short sci-fi films, clocking in at about 20 minutes each. He’s posting them under the umbrella title of Oats Studios, and the first one just arrived. Rakka is an alien invasion story starring Sigourney Weaver, available on YouTube if you want to watch something disturbing during your lunch break.
Weaver plays the leader of a group survivors in a dystopian future setting. An alien invasion has ravaged the Earth, massacring the human population and making much of the planet uninhabitable. It’s exactly the kind of scenario you’d expect from the mind of Neill Blomkamp, offering ample opportunity for interesting worldbuilding and visual effects, both in terms of CGI and practical elements.
The aliens are genuinely creepy, and there’s a fair amount of gore (we’d give this film an R rating), but overall it’s not as experimental as we expected from Blomkamp’s initial announcement. While there’s plenty to enjoy here, Rakka follows a premise we’ve seen many times before: an allegory for the horrors of colonization, starring white people as the heroes and reptilian aliens as the invading force.
Blomkamp plans to release three more short films between now and the end of July. They’re all separate stories, but he could continue them all in Volume 2, depending on how much money they make through fan donations.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor