>A surprise entry in the Oscar race, this brainy sci-fi film deserves glory
The premise, in which creepy, clicking aliens (below) are forced to live in slum-like conditions in South Africa, offers a provocative take on apartheid.
Part E.T., part The Office and part Aliens, it feels all new.
IT’S A SLAMMIN’ RIDE
Tense and suspenseful—no 3-D effects required!—it makes most other Oscar contenders look like a yawn.