District 9 (2009) - Oscar ® Nominee!
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You Are Not Welcome Here.
|From producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and director Neill Blomkamp comes a startlingly original sciencefiction thriller that "soars on the imagination of its creators" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). With stunning special effects and gritty realism, the film plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed... only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet.|
"Madly original, cheekily political, altogether exciting District 9. Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"...one of the best of the summer, and undoubtedly the most inventive from the multiplex this year. Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
Editor's NoteDirector Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. But MNU is less interested in the aliens' welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research. Unfortunately, the highly advanced weaponry requires alien DNA in order to be activated. When MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to biotechnology that causes his DNA to mutate, the tensions between the aliens and the humans intensifies. Wikus is the key to unlocking the alien's technology, and he quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet. Ostracized and isolated, Wikus retreats to District 9 in a desperate bid to shake his dogged pursuers.
District 9 - DVD Review
By: Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 12/18/2009 6:42 PM
|Not as smart as it wants to be but much cleverer than it could have been, District 9 is a kind of gross-out laboratory of sociologically-minded science fiction tropes updated for the post-Cloverfield generation. A first-contact scenario that eschews angelic choirs and glowing wonder for muddy corruption, the film threads enough thoughtful commentary into its whirligig media-fractured action plot to mostly make up for its lapses into cliche. Bravely set far from the usual Hollywood stomping grounds -- in Johannesburg, South Africa -- District 9 imagines the city in an alternate pseudo-present where an alien mothership has been quietly, mysteriously hovering overhead for some two decades....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|William Allen Young|
|Trent Opaloch - Director of Photography|
|Clinton Shorter - Composer|
|Carolynne Cunningham - Producer|
|Ken Kamins - Executive Producer|
|Bill Block - Executive Producer|
|Neill Blomkamp - Screenwriter|
|Peter Jackson - Producer|
|Terri Tatchell - Screenwriter|
|Neill Blomkamp - Director|