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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Neill Blomkamp: When Koobus is tracking Wikus' location, Neill Blomkamp is seen briefly saying Wikus' coordinates. See more »
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 »
[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 »
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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