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District 9 (2009)

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An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

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Neill Blomkamp
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Cast

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 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 ... 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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For humans only. Non-humans banned! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sector 9 See more »

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$115,646,235

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$210,819,611
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In South Africa, the last name "van der Merwe" really is a fairly common surname (it, like many Afrikaans names, comes from the Dutch), but it would also be recognizable to most South Africans as the common name in a whole genre of jokes about stupid, bumbling, oblivious, or incompetent Afrikaaners. The fact that the Wikus van der Merwe character is (at least at the beginning of the film) an ineffectual, catastrophically clueless bureaucrat is immediately communicated by the screenwriters' decision to give him that particular name. See more »

Goofs

When the mothership activates, the Mecha suit performs an automatic defense program to protect Wikas who is now shown as a "Prawn". However, when Christopher is also under attack just a few moments later the suit does nothing. See more »

Quotes

Prawn: We trade
[large alien robot suit]
Prawn: for ten thousand cans
Obesandjo: Give them one hundred cans
Obesandjo's Lieutenant: [to Prawn] One hundred!
Prawn: Yes, yes, but we take all of them now
Obesandjo's Lieutenant: Get them the cat food, hurry up!
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Crazy Credits

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 its the other way round. See more »

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Spin-off Wikus and Charlize (2010) See more »

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Hijack Stories
Performed by Zulu Mobb
Written by Rahman Du Plessis, Thato Mahlatsi and Desmond Mbuyiseni
Courtesy of Uthoht Music by arrangement with pigFACTORY USA LLC.
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It is just THAT good.
13 August 2009 | by thebackofmyhouseSee all my reviews

Saying this movie is good would be an understatement. The movie has it all, a very intriguing deep plot, good acting and great action. If I was to find a flaw in this movie, it would be the shaky cam technique employed at the beginning part of the movie and also at the very end. The shaky parts are supposedly documentary clips telling the story of Wikus, the protagonist. But rather than add to the feel of it, the shakiness is just nauseating. They just over did it. But after a while into the movie, they got out of the documentary mode and things couldn't be any better. And the special effects in his movie will have you believing that these aliens are real.

It's better that you go into this movie not knowing the deeper plot as a big part of the movie's entertainment value for me is the parts when things look hopeless and you really feel the despair and hopelessness of the characters. The only thing you need to know going in is that there are aliens stranded on earth and they are put in slums.

This is one of those movies that teases you that it's nearing its end, but inside, you go "No, I want more. It can't end like this", and the movie hears you and gives you more. And it's primed for a great sequel. The potential that this franchise has is just enormous. The way they can expand the story is just limitless and all of them can add to it's lore. This is a classic franchise in the making.


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