District 9 (2009): Not just any extraterrestrial flick

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Starring: Sharlto Copley, William Allen Young, Robert Hobbs, Jason Cope, Kenneth Nkosi, Vanessa Haywood, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike, John Summer, Nick Blake, Jed Brophy, Louis Minnaar, Vittorio Leonardi, Marian Hooman, Mandla Gaduka, Johan van Schoor, Stella Steenkamp, David James, Tim Gordon, and Jonathan Taylor.

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp.

Once upon a time, director Neill Blomkamp was assigned by Peter Jackson to direct the film adaptation of the popular video game Halo. Due to many internal disagreements between Microsoft, 20th Century Fox, and Universal Pictures, the project was cancelled but the parties involved felt like they owed Blomkamp a shot so they gave it to him – They helped him fund his short film Alive in Joburg which Jackson saw the potential to expand it into a feature length film and the result was… District 9.

Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, District 9 introduces us to a dying extraterrestrial race who have arrived on our planet. Their mother ship has lost its command module therefore making it inoperable and stuck hovering about the city. Spanning over two decades, after several attempts to integrate them into the community of Johannesburg, things simply don’t work out and everything that goes wrong ends up being blamed on the poor and innocent aliens. As a result, Johannesburg’s Government (the MNU) banishes them into a slum called District 9 where they forced to stay and take up residence alongside a black market street gang.

These aliens aren’t in any sense dumb nor or they almighty powerful, but they do have sense and intellect, they’re highly capable of getting along with and socializing with people (those who are not hostile, that is), they can even work and make themselves extremely useful. 20 years after their arrival, the MNU invades District 9 to enforce eviction on all…


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