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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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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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The mutilated animal carcasses in the background of many scenes were real and, with only a few exceptions, were already in the real slums and shacks used for the filming. See more »

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After Wikus is ejected from the damaged Exo-suit, the exo-suit disappears completely from all subsequent shots, including the aerial shot of Koobus's death. See more »

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Wikus Van De Merwe: [picks up to examine and fiddle with silver canister] Well, huh, this has got the markings of - so it's definitely alien but it's uh, not a weapon... but I don't trust it, ya know, I don't trust any-a the...
[sprayed in face with the Alien fuel]
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Worst RomCom ever!
12 August 2009 | by ryan-clements-1See all my reviews

I attended a preview screening of District 9 last night, and I am in absolute awe of this film and its director Neill Blomkamp.

Thanksfully, I knew relatively little about the story going into the film. I had a rough idea of the concept and had seen a few TV spots, but thankfully the film delivered so much more than I was led to expect.

What I like most about the film is that it increasingly gains momentum throughout its runtime, starting out as a mockumentary (and thinly veiled social commentary), but then delves into more mainstream thriller territory, before culminating in some thoroughly entertaining action set pieces. If action is your thing, be sure to stick it out through to the latter half of the film. As I was leaving the cinema, I overheard many other patrons saying exactly that... "I wasn't too sure for the first hour, but I'm glad I stayed" (personally, I have never walked out of a film at the cinema).

That is not to say that the first half is any less impressive. I am a big fan of realism in films such as this, and as such, I really enjoyed the documentary feel. I think the intention was for the entire film to be in the mockumentary style, but for me the style changes and takes on a more mainstream look (albeit hand-held)... which I think is important to know going in. There are also a few areas where it couldn't be believed that a documentary crew could still be filming (or even alive). But I think the film is much better for this, and definitely more memorable.

If there is one thing that irks me about this film, its that the story moves at an incredible pace... particularly in the earlier scenes in the film, which feel rather rushed, and seemingly at odds with the realistic documentary feel it was going for. Things just seem to happen so quickly, leaving little time to digest the premise and characters. I would love to see a version of the movie that extends the first half to allow a greater look into the reality presented to us.

SFX-wise, there are no complaints. There is the odd bit of artificial blurring on some alien movement, but overall we are presented with a very low-key, realistic CGI presentation that could teach Hollywood a thing or two.

One other aspect that I must mention is the performance of the lead character. Seeing a film of this caliber that has no recognisable actors, with foreign (to an Aussie!) accents just adds to the authenticity... but Sharlto Copley (in his debut performance) is a revelation and one of the most memorable aspects of the movie.

I cannot recommend this movie enough, and the wait until the weekend so I can see this film again is just too long!


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