Aliens land in South Africa and have no way home. Years later after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the "Non-Humans" are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United (MNU). The movie follows an MNU employee tasked with leading the relocation and his relationship with one of the alien leaders.
What a brilliant film!
Defiently the best sci fi movie ive ever seen.
The storyline was genius and the action scenes were bloody brutal!
The aliens were amazing, special effects were great and the way they made it like a documentry made it seem so real but the thing that stood out was how good Sharlto Copley was, he was defiently the highlight of the film, A+ entertainment!
By Jordan Blenheim
District 9, a Mr. E Movie Review
(Run time: 112 min. - Directed by: Neill Blomkamp - Starring: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt)
Ok, I got to say it...District 9 lived up to the hype! Usually all the build up of a movie means you need to get ready for a serious let down, but that's just not the case here. District 9 really is a cool and entertaining approach to the whole alien experience. I think this Peter Jackson produced and Neill Blompkamp written and directed film should and probably will end up nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
When Aliens arrive on Earth they hover their giant ship over Johannesburg, South Africa. Then, once there, they make no attempt at further contact until international pressure forces a crew sent up to the ship to cut into it. Inside they find a million aliens who are all sick and hungry. The decision to bring them to a special camp where they can be fed and cared for is made.
Fast forward 20 years and everything is no longer as harmonious as everyone thought they would be. The MNU, Multi-National United agency, has been put in charge of moving the "Prawns", called so because they resemble shrimp, to a new camp thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s further away from the city.
In charge of the evictions is Wikus Van Der Merwe, played by Sharlto Copley, a quirky, by the book, corporate nerd. Who once inside District 9 uncovers several odd revelations that quickly lead him down a crazy path that ends up with him befriending one of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“PrawnsÃ¢â‚¬Â named Christopher Johnson and his alien son. Wikus is forced to join them on a quest to try and solve everyone's problems.
This movie has a lot! The whole social under-tone about racism and genocide plays well and the special effects are great! Everything comes together leading us directly into a possible District 10 sequel!
If you haven't seen it yet, you should definitely check it out on the big screen if you can. I recommend this movie to anyone looking to see a real good sci-fi picture that's got a good message mixed in with it. This one is an out of this world winner.
When i first saw the comercals for district 9 i thought it looked like just another stupid movie that people would only think was good because of the action. In other words I thoght the plot would suck, but boy was I wrong the whole thing looked like a real documentary and it managed to involve aliens and not be completly cheesey and that can be a tough thing to do. And there was still great action they had the perfect amount of it. And just to think the only reason I saw it was because my friends were talking about it non stop well I thank them because District 9 has a shot at movie of the year it is already no dought the best Sci-Fi movie ever even above star wars. And this is last thing im going to say because if I say anymore I might give something away, Disrict 9 is so much diffrent they you would think from the comercals not that they were bad. In conclusion Movie Mike gives District 9 a 3.5.
A group of aliens called "Prawns" are forced to live on eath in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are treated as refugees and it has been many years since the aliens made first contact. The odd thing is that there hasn't been an attack made on the humans and the aliens haven't said anything about scientific discoveries. The South African government decide to make a home for them called "District 9." A company by the name of Multi-National United (MNU) have the job of controlling the aliens. But they're more interested in the alien's weaponry rather than their welfare.
This one of the most realistic sci-fi movies I've ever seen. It's shot like a documentary. Eventhough we, the audience, all know it's fake, the film pulls you right in from the beginning and it's tough to take your eyes off the screen. The movie makes the characters have true emotion and is superbly crafted in such a way that made me feel what the characters were feeling. The storyline is pure genius. It's highly original and doesn't fall into the conventional category as some sci-fi movies do. The film involves some very talented British actors, none of which I had ever heard of. The setting is in South Africa for a reason. There are many interesting parallels between the aliens and the poor people living there today which helps make a great moral for the story.
I don't want to spoil anything for you but towards the end of the film, a robot gets involved in the sub-plot. I don't have anything wrong with action but in this film the action is handled a bit carelessly and kind of reminded me of "Transformers 2." The scene dragged on too long for what it was. Also, there are few sexual themes in here that are flat-out pointless and made me laugh when they weren't supposed to be funny.
Despite those few scenes, "District 9" is one of the best films of the year. This is one creative, fresh, new, smart, and emotionaly captivating piece of work. It has great cinematography and has good special-effects for a film depending on a 30 M dollar budget. The film is graphic but that's one of the reasons it is so deep. This is definately a summer flick you don't want to miss and you should pay your money to go out and see "District 9."
I thought this movie was great. The story was perfect, the actors were great and there was plenty of blood gore and action. My total opinion is that you should buy a movie ticket and you will be suprised at this movie. It totally blew my mind and is easily the best movie of the year.
A fast,smart,different sci-fi movie that is a breath of fresh air in a rather lame summer season. With recent big releases near the 2 1/2 hour length, this one comes in at a perfect 111 minutes.(Proving once again that bigger is not always better) I must admit that at first I did not think much of this film. The follow around with a jerky camcorder technique that takes up the first half hour started to get on my nerves. And the lead actor was also reason to fast forward if I could have. But when the main plot takes hold and he is stricken with an alien virus,the movie takes off into a entertaining crowd pleasing gem. A bit violent at times,but this film works.
When aliens come to earth and are unable to leave again, they are forced into a slum in Johannesburg, South Africa, in an area called District 9. Amazing visuals allow District 9 to capture the audienceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attention in an inescapable trap. The shallowness of the plot may be the only tool given to the audience to get out.
Aliens land on earth, malnourished, and their mothership in shambles. They are herded into a tin hut community while humans try to figure out what to do with them. After twenty years of tension between the aliens and the humans, the government gives full authority to MNU, a multi national corporation, to evict the aliens to a tent community two hundred kilometers away. They put a sniveling, weakling, corporate bureaucrat, Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley), in charge of the move. Due to international law, MNU must notify the aliens of their eviction and Wikus is sent into the field to do the notifications. While out in the field, Wikus gets new insight into the needs and plight of the aliens, even though he struggles not to submit to his feelings.
The aliens in District 9 are computer generated into live action scenes. The team of alien animators do an extraordinary job of making the aliens seem as tangible and realistic as the human players on screen. The lighting of the prawns (a slang term for the aliens) in many of the scenes give texture so real, it is as if they could reach out and you could feel their exoskeleton roughly rub against your skin.
District 9 is shot in a mix of documentary and live action styles, blended seamlessly together. The documentary is about Wikus and how he is betrayed. This documentary gives perspective to the story of the aliens, and invests the audience in both sides of the story. At first it seems a bit piecemeal, but by the end, the reason for the mixed style offers the audience something to take away.
Even given the emotional investment by the viewers, the story is little more than a two hour long chase scene with explosions and firefights. There is an emotional component, but it reaches as deep into the audience as body lotion. Every time it seems there could be a question of morality, or a moment of emotive genius, it is blown up, shot or runs away. The take away at the end of the movie I mentioned earlier is as valuable as what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d probably get as a wedding favor at a redneck wedding.
A thinking person would find District 9 wanting more and frustrated with the half-given plot. A person who just wants to watch things blow up, see things go boom and escape their lives for a couple of hours will have a great time at District 9.
There are many secrets in District 9.............
This movie breaks the norm for Sci-fi films and delivers on many levels even with no real main stream or popular actors which actually makes it better in my eyes.
It starts out like a documentary showing how District 9 came about and how these creatures(prawns as they call them in the film)settled where they are now. Following Wikus(main dudes name)as he gets elected to go into District 9 and deliver eviction notices to the Prawns.....
To go into more detail would be un-just to those who haven't seen it yet so I will not. Trust me though, it is a fun ride. I haven't seen a movie like this before and I thought Peter Jackson brought a inivative and unique story to life brilliantly.
If I had to pick a flaw, I would say the ending.....don't get me wrong it is definitely worth going to see in the theaters...the ending just seemed to lack that epic movie ending that this film should have had.
On that note I gave this movie 4 outta 5 stars. Not 5 just because of the ending.
SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
District 9 (18A) * * * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Peter Jackson does it again. Not content to rest on his laurels as the force behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy this savvy New Zealander switches from fantasy to science fiction to give us District 9. Smart Tri Star pictures releases this outstanding look at a civilization literally under fire. Catch the mayhem at Empire Oakridge Cinemas, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.
Numerous unknowns will become box office gold once the public gets a hold of this film. Sure to be one of the biggest hits of the summer director Neil Blomkamp co-wrote this thriller thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s smart and fully of style. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, once you get through all the thick Afrikaner accents you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help but get caught up in the plight of the people. Oh, and some alien force that has been confounding authorities and locals for some 20 odd years.
Aliens have landed and now the world is in a bit of a tizzy. Authorities have confined these strange creatures to a Ã¢â‚¬Å“gatedÃ¢â‚¬Â community, to put it charitably, and now the genii is out of the bottle. After a relatively long peaceful stay the humans have become a bit restless. What follows is a move by the authorities to move the creatures out. Led by an insider who works for a paramilitary corporation Wikus Van De Merwe has more than his hands full when he takes on the challenge. Just what happens inside that closed community is haunting and fully engaging.
Everything works flawlessly in this film. Fully believable are the outside intruders whose make-up is superb. Equally compelling is the man who plays Wikus. Sharlto Copley turns in a phenomenal casual performance as a man who gets Ã¢â‚¬Å“testedÃ¢â‚¬Â when he tries to tame the beast. Hand held cameras and a very smart and effective interview technique help set the stage for the mayhem about to unfold. Here the chaos is controlled and the interplay between humans and monsters is especially well developed and meticulously handled.
That sense of the unknown and foreboding doom comes into play here big time as you get caught up in the plight of a bunch of local citizens trying to contend with monsters from space who may in the end be more human than our fellow man.
Expect lots of awards come Oscar time for this trailblazing science fiction adventure that is the freshest film in years. Edge of your seat thrills and chills await anyone who ventures into this visually stimulating treat. Fear of the unknown has been a common theme in science fiction fare and with District 9 those messages are ratcheted up exponentially. Realistic throughout, District 9 also benefits from witty dialogue, sparkling performances and that tried and true good versus evil theme with enough twists and turns to make you change sides in who youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re rooting for along the way.
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