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District 9 (2009)

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District 9 is a movie starring Sharlto Copley, David James, and Jason Cope. 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wikus Van De Merwe
Jason Cope ... Grey Bradnam - UKNR Chief Correspondent / Christopher Johnson
... Sarah Livingstone - Sociologist
Sylvaine Strike ... Dr Katrina McKenzie
Elizabeth Mkandawie ... Interviewee
... Les Feldman - MIL Engineer
... Dirk Michaels
Greg Melvill-Smith ... Interviewer
... Francois Moraneu - CIV Engineer Team
Morena Busa Sesatsa ... Interviewee
Themba Nkosi ... Interviewee
Mzwandile Nqoba ... Interviewee
Barry Strydom ... Interviewee
... James Hope - Police Officer
... 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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Support non-human rights. Everyone deserves equality. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Sector 9  »

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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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Trivia

Around six different endings were created during filming. See more »

Goofs

Everyone has modern mobile phones. However, the movie is not actually set in the 1980s. This is the date of the aliens' arrival. The events of the film are approximately 20+ years later, and on-screen date stamps put the movie explicitly in the year 2010. See more »

Quotes

Wikus Van De Merwe: [talking to a prawn in District 9] We drinking a little bit here, eh?
[the prawn vomits at Wikus's feet]
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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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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Bright (2017) See more »

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Performed by Molemi
Written by Motlapele Morule
Courtesy of 3rd Element Entertainment
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It is just THAT good.
13 August 2009 | by See 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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