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District 9 (2009)

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Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.

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Neill Blomkamp
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 111 nominations. See more awards »

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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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They came here 28 years ago. Coexistence has never been easy. Why won't we let them leave? See more »


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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:

District 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

Gross USA:

$115,646,235

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$210,819,611
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Trivia

After the feature film based on the Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) video game series (which was to have been directed by Neill Blomkamp) fell through, producer Peter Jackson went to Blomkamp and offered him $30 million to make whatever he wanted, although this would be Blomkamp's first feature as a director. The result is this film. See more »

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Everyone has modern mobile phones because the movie is not actually set in the 1980s. It's 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 »

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[Fundiswa clutches his face mask while he witnesses the burning shack]
Wikus Van De Merwe: [referring to the face mask] You don't need that, man. Only sissies wear that. You don't need that.
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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 it's the other way 'round). See more »


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Written by Linda Mkhize, Kamohelo Bako (as Kamogelo Bako), Kiernan Forbes and Ntokozo Mazibuko
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A breath of fresh air in a time of bloated sequels and rip-offs!
14 September 2009 | by moviesleuth2See all my reviews

Ever since Neill Blomkamp was lined to do the film version of the "Halo" video game, he's become a household name with the fanboys. But as we all know, that project stalled and Blomkamp is no longer on board as a director. After that happened, Peter Jackson gave Blomkamp $30 million to make whatever movie he wanted. Blomkamp made this film, and it is a stunning debut.

Normally I despise remakes, but after viewing Blomkamp's short film, "Alive in Joburg," which served as the inspiration for this movie, I can say that calling "District 9" a remake of the short film is about as untrue as it is unfair. Even saying that Blomkamp used the short film as a jumping off point is pushing it (a lot). "District 9" takes the idea and runs with it, not even remembering to pass "Go" and collect 200 dollars.

South Africa, present day. A spaceship has been hovering over Johannesburg, South Africa, for the past 20 or so years. The aliens were brought down and nourished back to health, but people's apprehension with the new beings caused major clashes, and the visitors, known as "prawns" were moved into a slum called District 9. Today, the shady corporation Multi-National United has decided to move the prawns to District 10, and to make sure that it's handled legally, they enlist Wikus Van Der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) to oversee it. Suffice it to say, things don't go as planned.

"District 9" is not flawless, but it's so good that I'm more than willing to look the other way at any of its "flaws." But the best part of it is that it takes chances. In broad strokes, the story is familiar, but the details and execution are completely new.

One of the best things that I liked is how Blomkamp portrays people reacting to the aliens. Everything that the people do in response to them is completely credible. I don't want to give anything away, but the way that the people "acted" in response to the coming of the prawns is so believable it's almost chilling. "Interviews" with people who worked with Wikus and were involved in the story enhance this effect.

Meanwhile, we have Wikus guiding us through the story. Wikus is eager, but he's not the brightest bulb in the bunch. Sharlto Copley is excellent as Wikus. Copley does a great job playing a poster boy for MNU, but Wikus is also likable, and that's important.

"District 9" is a mixture of a million ideas all thrown together at once. Past movies have done this and sunk because of it, but "District 9" succeeds because they're competently explained and portrayed. A few technical things cause this to get an 8 instead of a 10 (for example, one scene is interesting, but it's out of place, and the film's big transition doesn't go very well), but it's still a highly recommendable film. And for once, the shaking camera is used effectively.

Do I think that Blomkamp should direct "Halo?" While there's no question that he could do it, and make a great movie out of the game, I don't think he's the right man for the job. I don't think "Halo" would look good as a grainy documentary. But that's just me.


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