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District 9 (2009)

District 9 (2009)

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Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth. Not to conquer or give aid, but to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens’ welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9.

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(150) comments

  • Joshua CAugust 19, 2016Reply

    A great film that parallels with reality, but with a massive twist.

  • Andy KAugust 20, 2016Reply

    Certainly in my top five 21st century movies so far.

  • General VSeptember 2, 2016Reply

    Excellent film.
    Not an entirely original plot idea (Alien Nation springs to mind) but certainly more original than most sci-fi. Innovative filming style. Very realistic on the whole. Funny in places but never cheesy.
    The visual style of the film seems to be very much inspired by Half-Life 2, which is interesting, because that usually happens the other way round, with films influencing computer games.

    Overall I’d thoroughly recommend District 9.

  • Eugene BSeptember 29, 2016Reply

    District 9 is a gritty, groundbreaking sci-fi thriller that highlights the sheer brilliance of Peter Jackson and Neil Blomkamp. From the stunning visuals to its emotionally gripping tale, the film keeps you on edge and provokes the graphic nature of survival. 5/5

  • Omena KOctober 9, 2016Reply

    Best sci-fi of the of 2000s so far (going 2016). Deep message, great action and best military-scifi toys since the aliens.

  • owen bOctober 10, 2016Reply

    like chronicle, this is a more realistic science fiction movie. for a low budget film, it’s not bad and the CGI is except-able. this movie is also non-stop entertainment and when there’s not an action sequence, it’s still entertaining. the final act of the film is perfectly paced with use of a proper soundtrack. easily one of my favorite movies of all time.

    Owens grade: A+

  • Mike BOctober 21, 2016Reply

    A very interesting interpretation on humanity and the potential consequences behind their actions. District 9 is very original and gives a dose of creativity in the form of excellent screenplay. Although the plot’s execution tended to jump around a little throughout, the film had a very intriguing feel to it.

  • Jake PDecember 9, 2016Reply

    Special effects and story is so creative. Nothing like it

  • Armando PDecember 28, 2016Reply

    Emotional dramatic alien movie.

  • Joao%20 MJanuary 11, 2017Reply

    Nota: 9.1/10 – 4.4/5

  • Greg PJanuary 15, 2017Reply

    Disappointing blend of an excellent storyline, impressive special effects; poor plot execution and stupid dialog. Poorly executed with excessive chaotic destruction mitigated with incredible random good luck.

  • Travis CJanuary 21, 2017Reply

    It’s not a new plot, but it takes that used plot and twists it, smashes it, and bends it into something wholly unique while reminding us of our capacity for cruelty through effective allegory.

  • Edwher KJanuary 21, 2017Reply

    I’d give it 6 stars if I could

  • Calvin RJanuary 24, 2017Reply

    District 9 is one the best Alien film with a excellent story. It offers mind blowing visuals, excellent script, its story was thoroughly and imaginative. The performace were superb, the conclusion was satisfying, it was memorable, and very entertaining. Must watch.

  • Issac CFebruary 22, 2017Reply

    District 9 is about a man who goes from power to the bottom of the barrel, stuck with those who he had treated so poorly, the Prawns. Prawns is the nickname humans had made for these aliens that came down to Earth seeking refuge from their dying planet, but were only treated to such as concentration camps and left to feed of the rubbish and slums of the upper class, until one day when they fight back. This movie is also a great representation of human respect and how the blacks were treated before equal rights came in. It shows so well what power does to humans and affect show they treat others. Now to the review. At first, I had no interest in seeing this movie. I watched the trailer and saw that it was in document style filming. I hadn’t seen this movie till early 2017. To be honest, I probably never would’ve watched it if it wasn’t a class project. I regret that decision so much. I absolutely loved the style and technique of this film, and how Neil Blomkamp (Director) filmed this movie. This movie had such great emotion to it, it showed trust, betrayal, love, loyalty, and what it’s like to be treated as scum of the Earth. I only really have a few nitpicks about this movie, but it’s just my preferences. I found the shaky cam to get annoying sometimes and you also can’t see what’s fully going on a bit of the time because it is also so dark. All an all great movie that deserved all the amazing ratings it got.

  • Lee BMarch 5, 2017Reply

    Incredible movie…on a small budget…

  • Greg GMarch 11, 2017Reply

    Wow! One of a kind! Bring on 10

  • Isaac TMay 3, 2017Reply

    It was pretty good. I wish there was more effort into the screenplay, though.

  • nick pMay 7, 2017Reply

    This movie was an absolute piece of trash. I have never left a review on this site before but this movie was so ridiculously horrible, it compelled me to write a scathing review of this nasty worthless piece of crap film that should only be used for film school students to dissect what a horrible film is composed of.

    The camera work was shoddy.
    The actors were horrible.
    The plot was lame.
    There were countless holes in the plot.
    It was one of those movies where you feel like you have to watch the end because you cannot possible believe that it is this bad, and that it has to get just a little bit better at the end but it doesn’t. Don’t waste your time.

    I’m am totally shocked that this movie has 82% of the people liking it. I normally go off of audience score but I’m flabbergasted as to how even 10% of anything that would resemble a human could like this film. And that’s the kindest way I could put it.

    What a waste of time.

  • Ayrton Anthony CMay 10, 2017Reply

    Puntaje Original: 7.0

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  • Brian RMay 22, 2017Reply

    I hated it. Not remotely what I was expecting in the least from the trailer. Sharlto Copley who helped kill this movie for me was impossible to understand for 90% of the film with his accent that I thought he wasn’t actually talking rather just making silly noises. He is impossible to understand and not just in this movie either. I had to either play things over to get what he said until I got fed up and just kept the subtitles on. The story was terrible, a glorified mess where this bungling moron was the star and made the most obvious mistakes that would even have children questioning his stupidity.

  • Will TMay 24, 2017Reply

    A more mature and overall better version of Avatar. This movie has the goriness and realistic feel to it that makes it captivating to watch. Add in great acting and characters that you are invested in, and this is a spectacular film.

  • Daniel WMay 31, 2017Reply

    A bit of an assault on the ears (in the form of over 130 f-bombs), District 9 has a strong performance and premise. It’s too bad it’s so crass, otherwise this may have been a top-notch film.

  • Checo AJune 22, 2017Reply

    good idea but got boring

  • Steve DJuly 1, 2017Reply

    Excellent film. Seems a bit weird at first but it drags you in as the plot changes. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Scott SJuly 14, 2017Reply

    This gritty, brutal sci-fi flick offers a different take on alien contact, and is probably more realistic than most given how terrible humans are to animals and each other.

  • Ted WJuly 20, 2017Reply

    Good action drama Alien Peter Jackson movie starring aliens and some random white guy who turns into an alien. I thought I would hate this movie but I actually didn’t , I love the cgi in this movie and how that this movie was made like a documentary, it made it a whole lot interesting. Can’t wait for the sequel with Matt Damon.

  • Michael GJuly 23, 2017Reply

    A fresh and unique science fiction film filled with social and political commentary. The premise is excellent and the execution is very hit and miss however. The main character has a nice arc and the aliens we meet are compelling to watch and feel real. Where the film stumbles is portraying its themes. They feel very in your face at times and lack any subtley. The film makes up for this with sheer style and originality though. It’s so interesting to watch and the visuals and production design are top notch. Although the tone and themes are jumbled, District 9 is a must watch for sci-fi enthusiasts.

  • Joshua FJuly 27, 2017Reply

    A smart movie that feels original even years after it came and went through cinemas, doesn’t shove it’s strong message down our throats every two seconds, and still tells a beautiful yet violent story that will entertain and stick with you even after the credits roll. A masterpiece that everyone should see at some point in their lives.

  • Brian GAugust 9, 2017Reply

    This was an amazing movie with an unexpected hero. Realistic (internally consistent and plausible) new take on aliens (of course it build on some other movies that were not as sophisticated – e.g. “Alien Nation”).

  • Gabriel DAugust 29, 2017Reply

    Requiem for a Dream meets The Hurt Locker (with aliens) in this oscar-nominee sci-fi. Although alien invasion is not a new thing in the genre, District 9 feels totally fresh, featuring inventive use of camera, a very important message, and a heartbreaking story driven by dialogue instead of action. Unfortunately, the movie has a one-dimensional villain, and often uses “deus ex machina” to solve the conflicts. But the universe it creates is so inspired and plausible that you just can’t help but be thrilled (and entertained) by this great thought provoking story.

  • AnonymousSeptember 7, 2017Reply

    love this movie, it’s amazing. the cinematography and the story – an absolute must see for all scifi fanatics.

  • Brian BOctober 2, 2017Reply

    Four stars hands down. Sharlto Copley as Wikus is hilarious lol! Now I must say, after seeing this movie I did speak to a lady in Maryland who told me she is from there and that depiction of that part of Africa being poor is not truthful.

  • Spencie BOctober 10, 2017Reply

    Outstanding sci-fi film with stunning visuals and a great script and story!

  • Ryan HNovember 6, 2017Reply

    One of the best sci-fi movies of the 21st century, District 9 is a rare example of a found footage movie that works. The story is intelligent and thought-provoking, the visual effects are fantastic, the acting is great, the script is very well written, and Neill Blomkamp’s direction is Oscar-worthy. The action is amazing as well, helping the film attract a wider audience. The ending is so perfect that I’m honestly torn as to whether or not I want a sequel.

  • Ayrton CDecember 19, 2017Reply

    Puntaje Original: 7.0

    Neill Blockam usa una manera muy perspicaz e inteligente para criticar las relaciones entre las distintas clases sociales, internacionales e incluso la experimentaci贸n bi贸logica ilegala traves de la ciencia ficci贸n y una magistral t茅cnica visual.

  • AnonymousFebruary 2, 2018Reply

    This movie blew me away. I remember thinking to myself in the theatre that I couldn鈥檛 believe how good it is while being totally blindsided by what I was originally expecting. The story is told in a very original way, the specials effects of the aliens, weapons, and environment is visually fulfilling, and for days later you鈥檒l be thinking about Sharlto Copley鈥檚 character and how good he was.

  • Kyle HFebruary 3, 2018Reply

    Ok, one time watch sci-fi world.

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  • Jamie LFebruary 13, 2018Reply

    a master piece. a story of metamorphosis and oppression

  • AnonymousFebruary 14, 2018Reply

    Somewhat disturbing, but ultimately profound Sci-fi film with clever commentary and intense action scenes. 鉁

  • Harry SFebruary 20, 2018Reply

    Went into this not knowing much about the plot or expecting something truly amazing. Themes are presented well and the plot reflects the general society of today. A TRUE MASTER PIECE.

  • P MMarch 2, 2018Reply

    Love the story line and concept. Still waiting for District 9 sequel after all these years. One of my favorite movies.

  • Brian SApril 9, 2018Reply

    The anger this movie makes you feel sticks with you, that’s what makes it great. You feel real emotions, the stakes are high.

    When I watch this movie, I believe it is exactly what humans would do to another species: mistreat them and look to steal their technology.

    So much so that you root against the military state and for the aliens. Critics of the movie say that the hatred of the aliens feels contrived to fit the plot, but it is clearly explained that they have arrived at this place over a 20-year period. With nowhere to go, no jobs to work at, and an ever-increasing population, of course local humans would lose patience and demand relocation. Once the novelty of the aliens has worn off, the collective drains local resources with language barriers.

    The final scenes are gut wrenching and brilliant. From the line “don’t make me come all this way and not make it”, the array of weapons unleashed by the suit, to the sounds the engines of the mother shop make when they fire for the first time in 20 years, to rooting for the pod to make it into the dock, it was raw emotion.

    While franchises like Marvel have their place and certainly make a lot of money, they feel polished and cookie cutter compared to something like this. Most of the time Hollywood just markets the same thing and sells that formula right back to you over and over (think the die in your arms scene), the kiss scene, the hero returns from the dead story-line. Not this movie. Things go wrong, aliens and humans get hurt, there are lies, on top of a the technology the alien race brings that is not so far fetched to believe. It doesn’t have a happy ending where the main character is healed, and the aliens get to go home. No, the aliens are forced into a concentration camp, the main character is stuck on Earth indefinitely as a mutated alien, lost his wife, his family disowns him, MNU has egg on their faces for the street fight that has erupted.

    One of a kind movie. An all-timer for me.

  • Cameron AApril 14, 2018Reply

    I’d say that this movie is more realistic because it’s sometimes a documentary.
    There are some cool action scenes at the last 40 minutes and the special effects and cgi are well made. The acting and the dialogue are also good and doesn’t let the movie down

  • Crispin CMay 13, 2018Reply

    Unbelievably stupid movie. All allegory, no clue.

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  • Patrick SMay 28, 2018Reply

    Great film, just got better and better as the events unfolded. Will definitely watch again. Highly recommended.

  • Brian SMay 28, 2018Reply

    A revolutionary and groundbreaking piece of work. I think it’ll go down as one of the best sci-fi movies of the 21th century. It’s emotionally touching and reflects on the South African segregation, as well as racism, intolerance, as well as having a little touch of nihilism. The half found-footage, half normal film mix is innovating, but the best part of the flick are the special effects, they’re absolutely amazing, it must’ve taken a lot of work to do. And it paid off because it’s an impressive gem, it feels slow in the beginning, but is fun once you get going. A classic sci-fi flick and recommended !!

  • jonnny lJune 4, 2018Reply

    A very gorgeous looking movie. Come to think of it the budget for this movie was about 30 million dollars. Everything about this movie is perfect, a heartbreaking performance from Sharlto Copley, fine direction from Mr. Blomkamp, gorgeous cinematography, fine action. A good jab at the Apartheid. A movie that deserves so much more recognition, 10/10.

  • Dirty JJune 27, 2018Reply

    District 9 is a fascinating, original film that paints a ominous picture of an alien species stuck on Earth, learning to co-exist with humans in prison camps. The story line is gut-wrenching and interesting the entire way. 4/5 stars

  • AnonymousJuly 7, 2018Reply

    Mind blowing sci fi!

  • Benny HJuly 15, 2018Reply

    Close encounters of the 9th kind

  • lisa sAugust 15, 2018Reply

    it gave me hope for the genre and i hoped that there was a new innovative director in our future but he has not lived up to expectations THE FILM IS A CROSS WITH ALIEN NATION AND V WITH A BIT OF THE FLY MIXED IN

  • James BAugust 16, 2018Reply

    Not what was expected from the trailer, but still entertaining.

  • Riff JAugust 18, 2018Reply

    Amazing graphics and effects, even to this day (2019). A great story centred around a powerful performance by Copley. Highly recommend this for sci-fi fans. The movie does a great job of commenting on a huge social issue, using the treatment of the aliens as a metaphor. The thrills and excitement in acts 2 and 3 is really really good. And the suspense is crazy. It’s everything you want in a sci-fi thriller. I really wouldn’t change anything in hindsight.

  • AnonymousSeptember 6, 2018Reply

    This was great movie I hope a sequel comes in some time.

  • Geralt SOctober 8, 2018Reply

    Set and shot in South Africa District 9 is a great debut by Neill Bloomkamp and features some gritty locations and actions sequences often layered by comedic elements. Of course, what makes the film special is the underlying theme and message of apartheid and racism. You should watch this movie if you like anything to do with aliens because it is much different than what we usually see.

  • jon jOctober 16, 2018Reply

    this is sci fi…at its best, human story that goes to the edge. loved it.

  • Kevin MNovember 4, 2018Reply

    Surprisingly entertaining Sci-Fi flick. With all the comic book movie junk out there, sure is nice to see something original AND very well done!

  • Sam JNovember 7, 2018Reply

    This film was solid.

  • AnonymousNovember 9, 2018Reply

    An interesting story and well developed characters make this movie a great watch.

  • delysid dNovember 23, 2018Reply

    i hate modern day movies

  • T BDecember 4, 2018Reply

    Well done! Some things could have been explained better but a well done movie just the same

  • AnonymousDecember 7, 2018Reply

    Love it, yet the open ending make me lose my temper badly! felt like it was on purpose to make a continuation..

  • Arth JDecember 31, 2018Reply

    Hope For A Bigger Score.

    District 9

    Blomkamp’s avant-garde hotchpotch of sci-fi and documentary genre is a smart tale retold with a refreshing accuracy in mind. And with a sharp vision as such, it is surprisingly layered and thoroughly calculated to be considered merely a summer blockbuster, there is too much art to be bent according to someone else’s preference. Blomkamp doesn’t suffer any fool, he is not ready to compromise and he ought not to. And despite of being plunged into a train of dark brutal images and theories for the dystopian future, his eye on tiny notions and details humanizes the perspective; the side effects caused by the parasite to the lead character like his hair loss or the vital roles that each character plays in the background.

    The narration isn’t hefty only to the material but to its characters too. The overly populated world is swooped across in this linear storytelling with skillful puppeteering by Blomkamp’s execution. And just like the characters, the film keeps you busy with its competent and provocative nature of enfolding the screenplay with a loud ear ringing bang. Copley- both the well mannered obedient blind believer and the reckoning vigilante to the so called guardians of himself- is far more efficient as a follower than a leader.

    Nevertheless with a range and power of character like such, his voice reaches individually as a performer. The supporting cast, if not extraordinary, stays to the marked timing as instructed. Blomkamp’s world goes far wider than a mere district, taken account of all the possibilities, the script has managed to find its own adequate destination itself. The thrills of the chase and the sense of urgency is easily communicated with breathtaking sound effects and stunning visual effects, that paints quite a picture. District 9 is a forward pass to the sci-fi genre, not so lofty, not so cinematic, it is bitterly practical.

  • AnonymousJanuary 2, 2019Reply

    Amazing movie when considering the lower budget. I thought it novel and intriguing to say the least. Hope there鈥檚 a sequel some day.

  • AnonymousJanuary 9, 2019Reply

    It was really fresh, and thrillimg experience to me. Dark tone of the movie was also great. It was so tragic that i felt sorry for the main character. Absoultly well made, and memorable movie.

  • Kieran WJanuary 10, 2019Reply

    One of the best Sci-fi movies of all time with its gripping narrative and mysterious characters. It doesnt need a sequel but we sure as hell want one. Neill Bloomkamp has created a science fiction masterpiece which is extremely underrated.

  • AnonymousFebruary 14, 2019Reply

    District 9 is one of those moderate budget b movies that turn into a truly amazing masterpiece of horror sci-fi. And has enough special effects and cibernetic blood and gore to keep you watching until the credits role. A must see film for horror sci-fi fans 馃檪

  • John DFebruary 20, 2019Reply

    Awesome movie! Should be rated 100% !

  • Robert SMarch 8, 2019Reply

    good cgi, good cinematography, moving story, truly a sci-fi classic

  • Grog MMarch 9, 2019Reply

    Really good sci fi. Aliens arrive on earth … but they are actually stranded and need our help … but humans dont trust them so we effectively put them in internment camps where they live like second class citizens. … And then a human comes along and is forced to empathize with them in a very jarring way. Very good movie.

  • Zak SMarch 16, 2019Reply

    District 9 is one of those movies that thinks it is saying something deep and ground breaking, but in reality it is cliched, full of plot holes, and annoying.

  • Sandrik March 17, 2019Reply

    On of the best movies!!!

  • Tyler SMarch 17, 2019Reply

    It may have an obvious prejudice message, but it comes up with a surprisingly original sci-fi story to compensate it. The directing is very sharp by Neill Blomkamp, the action is very stylized and neat, and it comes with a gripping narrative that ends in strong ambiguity. The end result is something that is extremely entertaining, and I highly recommend watching it.

  • Tenton RMarch 19, 2019Reply

    District 9 suffers from too much inconsistency for me, particularly in the style of filming, and how humanity acts to finding aliens seems very unrealistic which seems to be ignored due to trying to get a commendable but basic political message.

  • Markus LMarch 22, 2019Reply

    excellent scify movie that proves it does not always take a big budget to prude a great movie.

  • Charlie SApril 7, 2019Reply

    An interesting take on alien invasion. As in, aliens come to Earth as refugees, not terrorists. It follows a man who works for the government and tries to transfer the creatures to a new district. Poverty is heavily messaged in this and they do it in a good way and makes you think, along with how we treat the lower class. Now, it started as “found footage” but then transitions to a cinematic theme, which I didn’t prefer, but it was still well-executed. The main character did a good job, I felt bad for him for the stuff that came upon him. However, the movie does escalate really fast. I actually had to think for a second on what happened, but I was still very interested on what unfolded. There is a fair number of gun fights which really spiced up this Sci-Fi, very bloody and fast which I like. Now, I do recommend this movie not because it’s action, but it’s a unique way of explaining a fake story based on real life problems. A solid movie indeed.

  • Ryan FApril 21, 2019Reply

    I wound up really liking this movie. First, I liked the different take on the alien story (as compared to all the times we see them invade us). Secondly, with a mix of different styles (part found footage, part action, part satire….) this movie could have been very messy but it was pulled together very well for a great story and a great performance from Sharlto Copley really helped elevate this movie.

  • Jacob BMay 16, 2019Reply

    A socially relevant film even today, District 9 rises on the success of its documentary-style editing which smoothly transitions to a normal third-person narrative and vice-versa as well as some amazing special effects and unique designs, great performances with an absolutely adorable little alien boy (even though these aren’t cute aliens, probably to drive its Apartheid-related points home) all leading to some absolutely cathartic action.

  • Katrina JMay 17, 2019Reply

    A really funny and entertaining movie! It stays too close to the parody style for me to become invested in the dramatic action-packed ladder

  • AnonymousMay 20, 2019Reply

    Usually you can tell a Low Budget movie by the aliens–Not in this case. Imaginative and creative, almost stunning…the aliens kept me watching. Also, knew that some of the interview footage had to be from a real documentary and placed into the movie– I know actors when I see them.

  • Richard MJune 6, 2019Reply

    Such a great movie. It works on many levels and is thoroughly entertaining.

  • Paul HJune 16, 2019Reply

    My favorite of all time movie

  • Rainier HJune 22, 2019Reply

    I love prawn vilkas, christopher, baby christopher, and christopher. Amazing plot and acting, and just when it starts to look a bit stale, it comes back with an amazing comeback.

  • Seth MJune 27, 2019Reply

    I have sat down and watched it a few times and each time it’s just an okay movie. I don’t understand why it’s so well liked. The characters aren’t that interesting. It was neat with how the aliens crash landed to Earth and had things they had to try with being in prison. But humans and aliens interacting doesn’t go anywhere and the main character isn’t all that. Your supposed to feel sad, depressed, angered, and hopeful and I didn’t feel any of that. It wasn’t my cup of tea. Take it or leave it.

  • Alir GJuly 1, 2019Reply

    I recently rediscovered this film on Amazon Prime Video, and might I say, it is a work of art. The visual effects, the original storyline, the characters, all of it is spectacular. This movie was nominated for an Academy Award, Best Picture might I add, and for obvious reasons. Sharlto Copley’s acting was superb and at its best in this film, starring as the main character Wikus Van de Merwe, and because of him, several other lesser-known but equally important actors, and a different story and means of conveying that story, this film stuck with me for a long time. If you can see pass the endless gore and frequent F-bombs, you’ll be rewarded with a fleshed-out script, brilliant special effects, and a story that will be hard to forget. Five stars, District 9, because you’ve earned it.

  • amy sJuly 5, 2019Reply

    Imaginative and violent. CGI is now a bit dated.

  • Jason NJuly 14, 2019Reply

    It’s really hard to believe that they made this movie with only a budget of 30 million dollars. Ive seen studio’s spend over 100 million on not look this good. If you want a new take on sci-fi action then this movie will not disappoint. The acting is very compelling throughout. It has a good mixture of action along with story telling. I felt an emotional connection to multiple characters. I think it’s very underrated and isn’t talked about enough.

  • Eren TJuly 19, 2019Reply

    A giant build up to an emotional ending with all the action, visuals and great storytelling is enough for me to consider it a classic.

  • Johnny CAugust 7, 2019Reply

    This movie was unexpected and had a lot of things I did not see coming. The CGI was amazing for 2009. The comedy was well written and something I hadn’t seen before. The premise was different, but I think they could’ve done something better. It had absolutely amazing, emotional scenes for a SciFi movie. I do think they could’ve developed their characters way better, especially Koobus Venter. Overall, it was an okay movie, I was a little disappointed, and there are other, better, SciFi.

  • Garin MAugust 31, 2019Reply

    District 9 is an ugly disappointment of a science fiction movie. The designers were probably on vacation…

  • Nicolas SAugust 31, 2019Reply

    District 9 blew my expectations to pieces. Not one of the best alien movies there are, one of the best movies period.

  • Tom FSeptember 24, 2019Reply

    This guy needs to make more movies.

  • Jay MSeptember 26, 2019Reply

    One of my all time favorite alien movies. Of the newer generation. It was fresh, and creative.

  • Chris GOctober 8, 2019Reply

    Great movie by one of my favorite directors

  • Travis CNovember 4, 2019Reply

    As soon as I saw this film I said “this will be a classic” This is a great Sci-fi film. What it lacks in recognisable faces it makes up for in its originality, its gritty style, tone, and messages. It’s clear what the message is. The main “prawn” character even has a rather normal name ‘Christopher Johnson” .. the relationship between him and his little alien son is strangely heart warming and sad. Especially when his son asks him about “going home.”

    I highly recommend getting the blue ray and listen to the director’s commentary for an in depth view. Its documentary style gives it a realistic feel. The gory scenes from the experimentation at the lab at MNU look gooey, nasty and gritty. We follow a MNU gov agent though. ‘Wikus’ Watching this man’s journey keeps you on the edge of your seat. As we see him change and grip with the feelings of shame, and guilt as he sees what he has been apart of. Without realizing it. Seeing how the “prawn” aliens have been treated. They never chose to be here. He knows it. And we see at how MNU has treated them. And the lies we told them and ourselves. The very final scene leaves you feeling grey, somewhat in despair. Some feel the film could have done with a better score but this film being more documentary style in its cinematography I dont think really needed much in the way of music. (And I rarely say that.) Sometimes less is more. This film is a must watch for sci-fi fans and I reccomend everyone watch it at least once.

    MNU Instructional Voice:
    [in MNU Humvee] “When dealing with aliens, try to be polite, but firm. And always remember that a smile is cheaper than a bullet.”

  • James ENovember 7, 2019Reply

    Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson in bringing a incredible scifi movie that screams originality !! The way the film is shot grounds itself to feeling completely real. This movie is just absolutely outstanding !!! I had heart eyes every second watching this movie!!

  • Paul SNovember 25, 2019Reply

    Nothing quite like it, and judging by his films since… probably nothing will match it either. A good take on social events told through the forgiving and freeing lens of science-fiction.

  • Sheri GDecember 11, 2019Reply

    An incredible depiction of humanity from versatile perspectives.
    The director and writer, Neil Blomkamp and writer, Terri Tatchel..nothing short of Brilliant!
    What a world this could be with equality and without prejudice!
    An incredible storyline combined with immense creativity. This film is masterfully put together from beginning to end!

  • Mike MDecember 13, 2019Reply

    I didn’t like it …. period.

  • ian TDecember 15, 2019Reply

    Simple an incredible movie! amazing!

  • Amir SDecember 31, 2019Reply

    Incredible!!! Right up there with 2001 A Space Odyssey. Spectacular Sci-fi at its best…

  • Steven RJanuary 8, 2020Reply

    WOW! The execution is awesome and the special effects are unreal. Politics aside, this is a truly believable alien encounter.
    Side note – Humans really have no idea what they’re in for when they go beyond the moon.

  • Michael BJanuary 13, 2020Reply

    A new take on the science fiction drama where aliens are not overlords but are in absolute poverty on Earth.

    A great commentary on the forces of racism and segregation. Speaks volumes about what is happening in South Africa and around the world.

    Action scenes were satisfying but CGI is aged.

    4/5. A great social commentary that told its message in an innovative way.

  • Jos DFebruary 1, 2020Reply

    This movie is absolutely awesome. We are presented with discrimination, abuse and the great harm that humans can cause to a different species, in this case the aliens. The visual effects are incredible and the plot of the movie is simply perfect. A movie that I recommend with a 10/10

  • Catherine SFebruary 6, 2020Reply

    The found footage genre has produced many famous films with the success of The Blair Witch Project (1999) prompting many amateur filmmakers to believe that this sort of film was easy to make. While I am still dubious about whether the genre should be as wide ranging as it is this film is one of the better examples of the genre and is an antidote to some of the less intelligent science fiction films produced in the 2000s. I can’t say that the film was made to appeal to me, in fact I am far outside of it’s target audience, but I can admire the film in how well it is constructed and found it’s story engaging and more entertaining than some of Neil Blomkamp’s later work.

    In the early 1980s in Johannesburg, South Africa a group of a million aliens, known as “Prawns”, are found and they are placed in a detention camp known as “District 9” which rapidly becomes inhospitable. The government decides to have the aliens relocated by MNU, a large weapons manufacturing corporation, and the nebbish Wikus van de Merwe, Sharlto Copley, is hired to oversee this relocation. He is infected by the aliens and becomes a prawn himself and after escaping from a government lab where he would be harvested for experiments he is forced to become a fugitive. He is helped in District 9 by single father Christopher Johnson, Jason Cope, who states that the ship the prawns arrived in contains a fluid that can help turn him back into a human. The two men disagree over when van de Merwe will be cured as Johnson wants to be able to protect the prawns from the horrific experiments that are being conducted. This causes the two to grow apart and after making an irrational decision van de Merwe finds himself in the hands of the vicious Obesandjo, Eugene Khumbaniyiwa.

    It was the film’s first half that I found most interesting as the world that van de Merwe inhabits is set up well through fake newsreels and a documentary being shot explains everything to us. This is exposition of course but it is handled more delicately than it is in other parts of the film and the sly comments about immigration and the concern of South Africans about their conduct being the most deep exploration of the theme of xenophobia. It is not the fact that I really cared for van de Merwe or found myself laughing at the small jokes made but I was impressed by the fact that the film takes an outlandish concept and integrates it into a recognizable society effectively.

    The disappointing second act of the film lets down what had been a decent first act as it becomes a generic action film and even the admittedly impressive special effects cannot salvage a poorly plotted tale. Where the film should have become even more introspective and gone further into van de Merwe’s thoughts on his sudden transformation and the loss of connection with his wife it turns into a race to find resources and features several shootouts. If you have read any of my reviews you will know that I do not care for mindless fighting and explosions. The screenplay also makes for some weird moments as the villains deliver the most stereotypical 鈥榲illain’ lines that I have ever heard and the desperation that van de Merwe has is mostly seen through screaming and yelling not actions. The lack of variety in these scenes is annoying and everything quickly comes to feel redundant. Even the end of the film in which his wife finds a metal flower that he made and comes to believe that he is still alive and will come back to her is not as emotionally resonant as it should be.

    I wanted to stand up and cheer for this film because it is the rare science fiction film to receive a Best Picture nomination but I don’t find it to be exceptional in any way. When 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Blade Runner (1982) were not able to wrangle Best Picture nominations it is sad that a movie like this was the one to make the breakthrough for it’s genre.

  • Tourillon AFebruary 13, 2020Reply

    Un des meilleurs films de SF moderne, le r茅alisateur a eu une excellente id茅e de proposer une repr茅sentation de l’apartheid humain/extra terrestre. Pour ma part, je ne lui trouve aucun d茅faut, et pourtant je suis un fouille merde.

  • Catfish NMarch 2, 2020Reply

    Has action, science fiction elements, and a lot of emotion invoking scenes.

  • Blecky BMarch 27, 2020Reply

    This film is racist. It is offensive. The victims of apartheid in South Africa were (and are still) Human Beings. The people of color throughout the world who have been reduced to below poverty, had genocide committed against them, suffer torture, degradation, living in filth and completely unacceptably dangerous unsanitary segregated penal colonies that are the appalling result of the worst racism lasting in modern times do not deserve to be represented as GIANT ALIEN BUGS. This is so offensive, demeaning, and ignorant that it was not acceptable when the film was made, and is even more unacceptable now, when humans the world over should by now be aware that apartheid victims deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. If white people can not watch a film about South Africa’s atrocities against people of color represented by – people of color – then that, in itself is racist, whether the filmmakers or public believe it or not. See Rabbit Proof Fence, Invictus, Cry Freedom, A Dry White Season, The Color of Friendship, etc. for well made films that show what real apartheid looks like. It is inappropriate for a Science Fiction film to metaphorically represent apartheid utilizing “more acceptable to white audience stand-ins”, representing them as off world aliens with weapons and technology, when the real victims of apartheid and genocide have absolutely NOTHING with which to defend themselves, except their own HUMAN lives. This film sends a terrible message to the generations of young people who remain uneducated about this horrifying systematic abuse of Africans in their own country; and the same thing happened in Australia, America (where millions of Native Americans were decimated by European invaders) and many other parts of the world where indigenous people are enslaved and murdered wholesale. That this film was nominated for an Oscar is obscene. That it is still being viewed, and hailed as a great film, which it is not, is mind staggering in the year 2020. It is so poorly made that it does not even qualify as an actual film in all the senses of that characterization. Racism will not end until its victims are seen as human beings deserving of the same representation and respect as entitled First World Caucasians. Please do not watch this film. But if you have, please refrain from describing it as a “great film”, and please stop recommending it. Without your knowledge, you are spreading racism. Once informed, there is no excuse to persist in keeping this film in rotation, because doing so with full knowledge that it is indeed racist, is racism. Thank you.

  • Karl CMarch 30, 2020Reply

    Even though it takes a while to really kick off, possibly losing certain viewers’ interest when the action comes on, ‘District 9’ tells a gory adventure of an extra-terrestrial being and his not nearly as extra-terrestrial friend.

  • AnonymousApril 5, 2020Reply

    The story and effects and such were fantastic. The movie would have been a perfect blockbuster…but Sharlto Copley can’t act to save his life and by the end I was wishing his character got shot in the head. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend it at all.

  • James PApril 7, 2020Reply

    After 11 years from originally seeing it back in 2009 I can easily call this one of the most thoughtful sci-fi action movies of all time. Even up there with Ridley Scott’s “Alien”. Neill Blomkamp has injected action, tragedy, emotions and well-crafted tension in this film about aliens and humans conflict. The first half is a setup for the real conflict that unfolds in an absolutely action-packed second half. The action just keeps coming, it doesn’t stop. Visual effects are superb for the time and it’s an astonishing true sight to behold. Sharlto Copley’s performance is top-notch. The ending is really hard to forget. This film is undoubtedly a sci-fi masterpiece.

  • Nicholas AApril 8, 2020Reply

    Very on-the-nose commentary on refugees (the aliens) and how governments and groups of people react to unknown groups/entities. Its message felt a little bit too spoon fed to the audience in my personal opinion.

  • Will HApril 14, 2020Reply

    Can remember one with high expectations and so poor content

  • Shady AApril 16, 2020Reply

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  • Lucca BApril 23, 2020Reply

    Imaginative, visually stimulating, solidly acted and emotionally rewarding, district 9 is a modern sci-fi classic that also features satire and social commentary on class differences.

  • Bennett HApril 24, 2020Reply

    One of my top 10 science fiction movies that makes me think differently then others. With a thought-provoking twisting plot. While the effects are representative of the time, still it’s only weakness. Loving the dialogue and acting, as well as the authenticity of accents and military behavior.

  • Ron NMay 1, 2020Reply

    Great series of films!

  • Cassy MMay 2, 2020Reply

    This movie is a deep dive into racism using aliens as a filter and I love it. It’s one of my favorite Sci Fi movies

  • Em PMay 4, 2020Reply

    One of the best alien movies!

  • Marc CMay 7, 2020Reply

    Director Neill Blomkamp first full feature film is a science fiction masterpiece. Producer Peter Jackson(The Lord of the Rings) originally wanted Blomkamp to make a Halo(Video game) movie. After that fell through, Blomkamp pitched Jackson the idea for this film. The rest is history. The movie stars first time lead, Sharlto Copley, who is a long time friend of Blomkamp. Copley, who only helped produce and act In some short films before District 9, gives one of the best performances in Sci. The film is shot on a low budget in Blomkamp and Copley home town of Johannesburg, South Africa. The movie was nominated for four Oscars, including best picture. If anyone hasn’t seen this film I would recommend it. It is easly the best science fiction film of the 2000s.

  • Cara LMay 9, 2020Reply

    This film for me is a little confusing. I don’t really understand the usage of the documentary style footage. Especially when it appears randomly sometimes, in large crucial, critical moments in the film, such as when Wikus is fighting in the alien weapon suit. Also many of the people in the documentary footage were nowhere to be seen in the non-documentary footage, which was confusing and off-putting as well. The man playing Wikus reminded me of a Michael Scott attitude with Gru from Despicable Me’s accent, and the looks of Michael Scott and Phil from Last Man on Earth combined. It was kinda a turn off. I did enjoy the two different eye effects at the end, with one of his eyes being human and the other prawn. I found it very cool and well done. I am not a huge fan of Alien movies either.
    It was a good commentary of colonialism, discrimination, and racism though. I saw many moments within the film of the topics and the criticism. I did love the end however with the metal flowers for his wife. It was very touching and sweet.

  • Lucas CMay 10, 2020Reply

    Amazing movie, one of my favorites. Original, clever, accompanied with great performances and visual effects.

  • Voss SMay 14, 2020Reply

    District 9 brings absolutely everything to the table that you’d want in a sci-fi film, and then some. Filled with entertaining action, stunning effects, raw emotion, and a fairly obvious message in its backdrop, this stunningly original sci-fi will always be worthy of a re-watch in my book.

  • Brandon LMay 24, 2020Reply

    This movie has an awesome film style being that it is in documentary format despite not being true. Sharlto Copley does an awesome job for it being his first feature film. Great and unique effects throughout the entire movie.

  • Alex AJune 7, 2020Reply

    A GOOD movie. No, it didn’t blow me away, but perhaps it would have had I seen it around the time it was initially released. Nice visuals, good performances, and a bloody third act held this together. The use of speciesism as a subtext for discrimination/racism was cleverly done too.

  • Regina PJune 9, 2020Reply

    I’m going to assume that this was an allegory of some sort for racism and xenophobia & how we treat each other. I liked it… well enough. So many stereotypes in here, though. All of the white characters were heartless, greedy capitalists or cogs in that system. Most of the black characters with lines were savages. It made me uncomfortable. With the aliens there, the black people moved up the class totem pole, but they still remained beneath the foreign white capitalists. I guess this was meant to make people uncomfortable. I just wish that the human characters weren’t so neatly packaged into existing peg holes.

  • Steve DJune 18, 2020Reply

    A good premise but I didn’t find any of the characters developed enough to be interesting, so I didn’t end up caring what happened no matter how well made it was.

  • Samuel LJune 19, 2020Reply

    District 9 consists of terrible, generic characters, some of the worst visual effects by Weta Digital, lots of disgusting scenes such as a man eating mushy catfood, and a nonsensical, unrealistic plot about aliens being trapped on Earth. The concept is unique I’ll give them that but besides that it’s stupid. The whole human-alien intergration is ridiculous, and the idea that humans have learnt to understand alien is utter nonsense. The film is eventful with lots of action but it’s low quality action. The main characters would have been killed in the gunfights, and Wikus wouldn’t have been able to escape the facility in the first place. The whole turning into an alien thing was dumb as well considering the fluid was alien rocket fuel or whatever. I wasn’t a fan of how weird the film was such as the eating catfood stuff and humans eating alien flesh, that just made things seem even more silly and unrealistic. The dialogue/writing was disappointing with most of what Wikus said being ‘fock’ and similar swear words in a weird accent. The actor’s South African accent was ok at times though. However, there was no real background to any of the characters. They were all bland and have been done before – e.g. the typical power crazy military guy (just like in Avatar). Furthermore, the film made almost all the black characters savages and most of the white characters greedy psychopaths who completely disregarded human and alien life. The visual effects are below average especially compared to VFX standards today. The aliens are borderline acceptable but look completely fake, and the blood and weapon visual effects are very poor – more like a Corridor Crew video rather than a film. I understand this was made quite some time ago but when you compare these visual effects to something like LOTR (which this studio also did the VFX for) then it’s a noticeable downgrade. The cinematography was fine but nothing special. The sound effects for the aliens were decent although kind of annoying, and the soundtrack was forgettable. Another film undeserving of its high ratings. If you want a proper film about aliens then watch Alien, Aliens, or ET.

  • Leigh PJune 23, 2020Reply

    Realistic take on the aliens-visit-Earth theme is done extremely well. Believable characters and situations done in an almost-documentary format. Injecting a political message is always risky, but it works here and works well.

  • Parker FJune 25, 2020Reply

    District 9 blends biting social commentary with a healthy dosage of bloody sci-fi action and emotional weight thanks to some fantastic lead characters and assured direction from director Neil Blomkamp.

  • Monica LJuly 3, 2020Reply

    the movie itself and the scenery was good. i liked it overall. it wasnt the best but i have stopped to watch it again when it is on tv.

  • Blessing MJuly 13, 2020Reply

    The best shaky cam movie that Hollywood has to offer.

  • Cris KJuly 19, 2020Reply

    Great watch, will watch again, and highly recommended.

    This has a wonderfully exciting premise: alien refugees on Terra, how Terrans react and how the aliens react. The premise, as delivered, has some odd holes in though: it’s specified that all of the crew have died, mysteriously, and no one knows how to operate the ship, but it’s been in the air for some time. The idea of gravity alone should have motivated Johannesburg to evacuate, but their government interaction seems decidedly weak.

    The advantage of setting the story in South Africa, for an American audience, is that it’s a very capitalistic society where they speak chiefly English: it’s very similar to being set in Mexico and using Mexican Cartels instead of Nigerian gangs.

    So if we accept that we haven’t been able to extract an incident report, that we’re not able to move the ship, and none of the xenos can move the ship, then the premise includes that one xenos knows what to do. One would think that he just talks to someone and he gets all his people off planet, but since he’s smart enough to do what he’s been doing for 20 years, then he knows not to trust anyone. But this self-serving principle is key to understanding character motivations going forward.

    The writing in this is so good, along with the effects, and performance delivery. As Vickis deals with his transformation, it prompts so many philosophical questions of what it is to be a person / human / xenos, a citizen, a government agent. It also sort of resembles a gangsta / heist movie at parts, as opposed to a anti-government escapee.

    If any of the deep stuff worried you, then be at ease that this movie has plenty of explosions, gunfire and sci-fi goodness. It’s also filled with some silly cliches that serve the points of the story, but there are several points in this movie that I have to shake my head at. The motivations don’t make sense unless you’re reminded that everyone, including the protagonists, are (forced) in a self-serving mindset and it’s about what they can do for themselves, even when working together with the contrast being, of course, that only when anyone is cooperating that anyone gets anywhere.

    This is such a great watch, and if you like sci-fi styled stuff, and don’t mind the South African setting (“Chappie” is another one), then definitely give this a watch.

  • Adreana NJuly 28, 2020Reply

    This was a pleasant surprise. I heard alien flick and I was automatically turned off. However, the underlying message is one that I hope many understand. Beautifully done.

  • jeff sAugust 7, 2020Reply

    It’s a classic, one-of-kind examination of race in a sci-fi setting. How timely in this moment of re-examining the systemic racism baked into our American society. Nothing like it really..a smarter version of “The Fly,” with a trenchant social comment to boot.

  • john dAugust 8, 2020Reply

    It’s great, just watch it and you will see

  • Kathy DAugust 9, 2020Reply

    I saw this film when it first came out, and then again in 2020 after visiting South Africa. Very well done! The theme of xenophobia (fear of the “other”) and correlates with our treatment of undocumented immigrants in the last few years by the USA resonates with this film as allegory.

  • J AAugust 14, 2020Reply

    The most unique take on an extraterrestrial action movie I’ve seen. The story is unpredictable and sheds typical alien movie tropes in favor of something new.

  • Ryan SSeptember 2, 2020Reply

    5/5. Technically awesome, but it also tells an extremely compelling story in a narratively interesting fashion. Also, it’s emotionally heart-wrenching and one of the best films of 2009.

  • Mohammed AOctober 4, 2020Reply

    District 9 brings a new idea in this film about how will aliens live in earth and how people will react. it was good in CGI , ACTION SCENES AND THRILLING. it also was good direction and writing even with small budget like 30M.

  • L sOctober 5, 2020Reply

    Una pel铆cula visualmente deslumbrante con efectos especiales que creo que por momentos logra ser superior a Avatar, con ese estilo de ser como una entrevista, con una interesante interpretaci贸n por Sharlto Copley, con un final que yo considero poco satisfactorio, pero es una pel铆cula que cada uno debe de ver, es genial

  • Steve HOctober 27, 2020Reply

    I remember digging this much more when I first saw this a decade or so ago but District 9 definitely is best for me when utilizing the documentary footage style in first act of the film. 7.5/10

  • Hoss VNovember 14, 2020Reply

    The movie would’ve benefited more if it had dropped the “Found Footage” -style, and honestly some of the decision-making that the main protagonist engages in is purely moronic, so much so that it detracts from the entertainment because of how frustratingly dense he is.

    It would’ve also been cooler if they had focused on some more scenes with dialogue and story between the aliens and not just the humans. The scifi and fantasy industry has an ugly habit of completely humanizing or completely dehumanizing their stories, and it would be more inclusive if they heavily blended the two instead of favoriting one or the other.

    Aside from that, amazing special effects and a completely original and badass story wipe away most of the negatives in the film. The aliens and their technology have wicked designs and the dialogue (while slow sometimes) -is realistic to a high degree, I would definitely recommend watching the movie.

  • AnonymousNovember 23, 2020Reply

    Seen 2 times. Bored second time. 11/22/20 no rewatch

  • Salvador HNovember 27, 2020Reply

    With solid performances; epic sequences; a social/political commentary developed in a brilliant, entertaining story that works as a metaphor for segregation, xenophobia and racism; amazing visual effects and a remarkable direction by Neill Blomkamp – who uses the cinematography and different styles of film making in a brilliant way -; 鈥楧istrict 9′ is a different, original and complex sci-fi film. 5/5 – 10/10

  • Isaac HDecember 27, 2020Reply

    Great sci-fi, with one of the most interesting starts to a film I have ever seen. This being said it goes downhill from there losing its rich and new ideas and interesting commentary to really simmer down to a pretty good action sci-fi. It’s very ambitious and for a budget indie film, and I think that it succeeds in much of what it sets out to.

  • Ola GJanuary 7, 2021Reply

    In 1982, a giant extraterrestrial spaceship arrives and hovers over the South African city of Johannesburg. An investigation team finds over one million malnourished aliens (derogatorily called “Prawns”) inside, and the South African government relocates them to a camp called District 9. However, over the years it turns into a slum, and locals often complain that the aliens are filthy, ignorant lawbreakers who bleed resources from humans. Following unrest between the aliens and locals, the government hires Multinational United (MNU), a huge weapons manufacturer, to relocate the aliens to a new camp outside the city. Piet Smit, an MNU executive, appoints MNU employee and his son-in-law Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley), to lead the relocation. Meanwhile, three aliens, Christopher Johnson, his young son CJ and his friend Paul, search a District 9 garbage dump for alien fuel in Prawn technology, which Christopher has had them spend the last twenty years synthesizing enough of to enact his plan. They finally finish in Paul’s shack as the relocation begins but when Wikus comes to the shack to serve Paul a notice, he finds the hidden container with the fuel and accidentally sprays some of it in his face while confiscating it. Paul is killed by Koobus Venter, a cruel MNU mercenary.
    Wikus begins mutating into a Prawn, starting with his left arm injured after the fuel exposure. He is immediately taken to the brutal MNU lab, where researchers discover his chimeric DNA grants him the ability to operate Prawn weaponry, that is biologically restricted for them. Wanting to capture this human/alien hybridity before Wikus fully transforms, Smit orders Wikus’s body to be vivisected and harvested for its profitable properties. Wikus, however, overpowers the lab personnel and escapes. While Venter’s forces hunt for him, a smear story is broadcast, one that reaches Wikus’ wife and Smit’s daughter Tania, claiming Wikus is a wanted fugitive who has contracted a contagious disease from copulating with aliens. Wikus takes refuge in District 9, finding Christopher and the spaceship’s concealed command module dropship underneath his house. Christopher explains to Wikus the confiscated fuel is crucial to his plan of reactivating the dropship, and if he can get them in the dropship to the mothership he can cure Wikus. Wikus attempts to acquire weapons from the District 9 Nigerian arms dealer Obesandjo, who wants to eat Wikus’s alien arm to gain alien abilities. Wikus, however, seizes an alien weapon and escapes…

    Rotten Tomatoes consensus states, “Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.” Sara Vilkomerson of The New York Observer wrote, “District 9 is the most exciting science fiction movie to come along in ages; definitely the most thrilling film of the summer; and quite possibly the best film I’ve seen all year.” Christy Lemire from the Associated Press was impressed by the plot and thematic content, claiming that “District 9 has the aesthetic trappings of science fiction but it’s really more of a character drama, an examination of how a man responds when he’s forced to confront his identity during extraordinary circumstances.” Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum described it as “… madly original, cheekily political, [and] altogether exciting …” Roger Ebert praised the film for “giving us aliens to remind us not everyone who comes in a spaceship need to be angelic, octopod or stainless steel”, but complained that “the third act is disappointing, involving standard shoot-out action. No attempt is made to resolve the situation, and if that’s a happy ending, I’ve seen happier. Despite its creativity, the film remains space opera and avoids the higher realms of science-fiction.” Josh Tyler of Cinema Blend says the film is unique in interpretation and execution, but considers it to be a knockoff of the 1988 film Alien Nation.

    “District 9” is a great, gritty, fresh and realistic sci-fi drama with touchpoints on how mankind has treated certain groups of people through history. Neil Blomkamp and the writers had Apartheid as an inspiration without no doubt. Sharlto Copley is great as Wikus van der Merwe and I love the documentary style the film has been produced and filmed in. It adds so much to the film. Yes, the CGI is not as good as it would麓ve been if the film would be made today, but it麓s ok. And yes, it does have a nod and a wink to “Alien Nation” from 1988. Nevertheless, “District 9” is entertaining, sad, funny and it leaves you with one or two thoughts. The film received acclaim from critics, who praised the film’s direction, performances, themes, and story, with some calling it one of the best science fiction films of the 2000s, and garnered numerous awards and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. The title is a nod to a real place and a real incident. District 6 was a mixed race neighborhood of Cape Town which the apartheid government demolished in 1966 to make room for whites.

    Trivia: Star Sharlto Copley had not acted before and had no intention of pursuing an acting career. He stumbled into the leading role as director Neill Blomkamp placed him on camera during the short film.

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