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 (email@example.com)
Several Afrikaans curse words can be heard throughout the film, including "doos" or "poes" (both of which are slang terms for a vagina), fok/fokken (which means "f**k/f**king"), and "bliksem," which has a variation of meanings. "Bliksem" means "to hit" or just "hit," as in "ek sal jou bliksem" means "I will hit you." It can also be used as a derogatory term when referring to a person or as a derogatory adjective when used to describe a person or object. "Daai bliksemse prawn" would roughly translate to "That damn prawn." Also, at some point, a sniper says, "Kom na pappa toe," which translates to "Come to daddy." See more »
When the soldiers first cut their way into the alien's ship, the plug they remove from the wall has edges that are the wrong shape to fit the hole it came from. See more »
Just got home from a preview of District 9. We had seen the previews and were intrigued to see just what the film would be like.
The film style was very much documentary like with lots of sound byte style comments settings the scenes and giving commentary all through the film. These in my opinion took it from being what could have been just another "aliens vs humans" film and elevated into the realms of social commentary. The aliens are presented almost as animals yet you rapidly start to sympathize with them and tune into their desperation.
If it wasn't for the alien space ship in the background and the poor being alien in every sense, you would think this was a movie about any slum and the people who prey on the inhabitants.
Like other films which cover the worst that humans can do, there is a brutal violence present and the directory has not shied away from depicting it. This is not a film you want to watch after a big meal. Just ask my girlfriend. She thought she would have to leave half way through.
In all, this is a film we worth every cent to see. Right up until the end you are never sure what's going to happen next. The characters are believable and the style of the film just adds to it. This could have happened, and in fact may happen.
For a first effort, Neill Blomkamp has created one of the best SciFi for a while, his future work will be well worth paying attention to.
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