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District 9 (2009)

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Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.

Director:

Neill Blomkamp
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 112 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharlto Copley ... Wikus Van De Merwe
Jason Cope ... Grey Bradnam - UKNR Chief Correspondent / Christopher Johnson
Nathalie Boltt ... Sarah Livingstone - Sociologist
Sylvaine Strike ... Dr Katrina McKenzie
Elizabeth Mkandawie Elizabeth Mkandawie ... Interviewee
John Sumner ... Les Feldman - MIL Engineer
William Allen Young ... Dirk Michaels
Greg Melvill-Smith Greg Melvill-Smith ... Interviewer
Nick Blake Nick Blake ... Francois Moraneu - CIV Engineer Team
Morena Busa Sesatsa Morena Busa Sesatsa ... Interviewee
Themba Nkosi Themba Nkosi ... Interviewee
Mzwandile Nqoba Mzwandile Nqoba ... Interviewee
Barry Strydom Barry Strydom ... Interviewee
Jed Brophy ... James Hope - Police Officer
Louis Minnaar Louis Minnaar ... Piet Smit
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Storyline

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated R for bloody violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Neill Blomkamp: When Koobus is tracking Wikus' location, Neill Blomkamp is seen briefly saying Wikus' coordinates. See more »

Goofs

When Wikus looks at his chest, he observes the black boils which are forming; however, in a later scene, when he is caught temporarily by the soldiers, he has a clean chest (except for the blood from other bodies on him). See more »

Quotes

[Fundiswa clutches his face mask while he witnesses the burning shack]
Wikus Van De Merwe: [referring to the face mask] You don't need that, man. Only sissies wear that. You don't need that.
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The end credits are back to front, with the actors' names on the left and character names on the right (as opposed to most films where it's the other way 'round). See more »


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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Unlike Anything Before
9 February 2020 | by aidanratesmoviesSee all my reviews

With some fascinating and wildly realistic worldbuilding, and some well given direction, District 9 is a modern day sci-fi classic that will not soon be forgotten. The film does have its fair share of problems from time to time, whether it is its struggle to find an appropriate pacing, burdening on cliches, or mimicking around plot holes in its story. However, District 9 offers some of the best realistic sci-fi films have had to offer in quite some time, with some splendid performances, mostly good CGI and a harsh but entertaining nature. Highest praise goes to Neill Blomkamp, whose vision for the films shines more than anything, with its gritty and sole picture being the backbone of the film entirely. The writing can vary from strange and complex, to weak and illogical, but it's shining moments are what sticks through the longest. The performances are all well given, although there isn't quite any standouts, as it just feels so lifelike, it's hard to quite pick what actor is truly giving the best work. In the end, District 9 is an unforeseen gem that is not to be missed, and not to be forgotten. My Rating: 9/10


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Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,354,308, 16 August 2009

Gross USA:

$115,646,235

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$210,888,950
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1.85 : 1
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