- Genre(s): Sci-fi
- Written by: Neill Blomkamp Terri Tatchell
- Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
- Release Date: Theatrical: August 14, 2009
- Running Time: minutes, Color
- Origin: USA
- Sharlto Copley (Wikus Van De Merwe)
- Jason Cope (Grey Bradnam – UKNR Chief Correspondent)
- Nathalie Boltt (Sarah Livingstone – Sociologist)
- Sylvaine Strike (Dr Katrina McKenzie)
- Elizabeth Mkandawie (Interviewee)
- John Summer (Les Feldman – MIL Engineer)
Over twenty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them. Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when a human field operative, Wikus van der Merwe, contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.
A Word No trailers, magazine articles or early reviews. Nada. Only a few bits od their viral marketing campaign in Los Angeles. Moments ago, I watched the trailers for the first time. While they don’t reveal a whole lot, they do reveal a couple moments that are spoiler-esque. Even with that, this film will blow your mind.
- The Acting: The lead, played by Sharlto Copley, is an unknown actor who arrives on the scene and takes the film to an entirely new level.
- Cinematography: A good portion of the film is shot in a documentary style. But not the annoying kind. The fluid kind that does not take away from the flow of the film.
- Action/Visual Effects: The film will test your patience. But that makes the nectar all the more tasty when you taste it.
- Nothing, nothing. Maybe in a week I will change my decision. But as of this writing, I can’t find one thing that was bad.
Overall This is the best Sci-Fi movie to come out in years. What they have done with $30 million is mind-boggling. Bloody, suspenseful, excoriating and flecked through with pathos and humor, “District 9” is science fiction at its killer, chiller best.