District 9

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  113 min.
Release Date: August 14, 2009
DVD: December 22, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 3.76
based on 2449 votes and 304 reviews
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Cast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Mandla Gaduka, William Allen Young, Vanessa Haywood, Kenneth Nkosi, Devlin Brown

Synopsis

Over twenty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees from their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa's District 9 as the world's nations argued over what to do with them.

Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare. MNU will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens' powerful weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.

The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when MNU begins evicting the non-humans from District 9, with MNU field agents responsible for moving them to a new camp. One of the MNU field operatives, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts an alien virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable—he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.

Director: Neill Blomkamp
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson
Screenplay: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
Official Site: d-9.com

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  • 4 stars "Amid sci-fi flicks, this one really stands out. My favorite character was probably Christopher's young son, but I also found i novel the way Wikus' development as a character was manifested as his physical transforamtion, as the result of poisoning with an alien substance. While there aren't many characters to latch onto, the story is swept along withenough action to keep you engaged for the entire length. Just as The Devil's Advocatewas about the most plausible scenario for Satan taking over the world (with his team of lawyers), this one presents the most likely situation if aliens were to land on earth. It's easy to imagine the maginalization, segregation and exploitation of aliens, since"
  • 1 star "plot holes the size of damn volcanos 'nuff said"
  • 5 stars "absolutely brilliant! one of the smartest movies i have ever seen! incredibly creative and well done, not just your typical sci-fi"