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District 9

144 Ratings: 3.7
A 2009 science fiction / action film directed by Neill Blomkamp.

      A provocative science fiction drama,District 9 boasts an original story that gets a little lost in blow-'em-up mayhem. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, District 9 begins as a mock documentary about the … see full wiki

Director: Neill Blomkamp
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: August 14, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
40 reviews about District 9
review by . April 22, 2011
Okay, I'm a pretty big sci-fi geek. I watch numerous sci-fi shows and I'm a big fan of most sci-fi films. I enjoy watching science fiction be used as a platform that explores deep personal truths about the human condition. Every good sci-fi movie reveals something deep about ourselves, but amongst the good ones, there are terrible sci-fi movies that never should have seen the light of day. I'm normally an easy reviewer and I'll even give a bad sci-fi film some credit every once in …
review by . December 24, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
District 9 is one of those movies that I bought on DVD (though I soon upgraded to blu-ray) on a whim and wasn't burned by a bad movie. This was one of those times that I wish I watched the movie in theaters, and that when the hype behind a hit movie is largely justified.      STORY      In 1982, a giant alien ship grinds to a halt above Johannesburg, South Africa. The aliens are referred to negatively as “Prawns” for their scavenger-like personalities, …
review by . August 14, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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   Co-produced by Peter Jackson, the acclaimed director of the “Lord of the Rings” and directed by Neil Blomkamp; ‘DISTRICT 9” screams “Cult Classic”. Blomkamp has adapted his short film called “Alive in Joberg” and has crafted a film loosely inspired by the events of District 6 in South Africa. “District 9” collects some familiar pieces of history, science fiction elements, and some cool action in a tale which is mainly a retelling …
review by . August 26, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Alien mothership...
   The idea of using science fiction and horror stories as a way of discussing taboo or controversial social, political, and religious themes is nothing new. Since the birth of the horror genre, which came into being after the popularity of 18th century gothic romance took off, and since science fiction was first acknowledged as a genre unto itself in the late 19th century, the two have often dealt with issues that were considered to be of the utmost social importance while disguising …
Quick Tip by . June 01, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Despite the movie's less-than-subtle messages about humanity, I found this to be a strong film because of the fact that the characters have decent levels of depth to them, which is one of the main deciding factors for why I like District 9.  In particular, I found Wikus's change in character, physically and in terms of personality, the most interesting.  The cool action scenes and visual aesthetics to the Prawn technology are also helping factors with this.      …
review by . April 09, 2011
  District 9 begins when a very large star ship lands in South Africa during 1982. These are aliens called "the prawns" and are initially welcomed by the human race. Now, twenty-eight years after this, the aliens are stuck and mistreated in a beat up, worthless camp called District 9. The Multi-National United, otherwise known as MNU, cares very little for the alien race, but has strong interest in their advanced weapons. An MNU field operative, Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley) …
Quick Tip by . September 07, 2011
I've seen this movie multiple times now, and still haven't managed to review it yet. It's a brilliant look at racism, segregation, and seeing these topics from the other side.
review by . June 07, 2010
The movie started off slow and directed like it was a documentary.  A mothership of aliens comes to Earth and stays hovered over  South Africa.  A military orginazation (NMU) sends a team of helicopters and moves the aliens to live in District 9, a hovel fillled area.  The aliens are called "prawns" and like to eat catfood.  The aliens also bring very advanced weapons that NMU is very interested in.  Unfortunately only the aliens can fire them because the …
review by . December 30, 2009
One of the greatest science fiction films of all time...
I've seen Sci-Fi films that try and fail miserable to get that emotional reaction from audience by telling a recycled story and a dried up plot. But I'm finally happy to report that there is such a Si-Fi film, and this film is called "District 9."          District 9 tells the story of a lone man, who is infected by an alien biotechnology and him and him alone becomes the only hope for the salvation of the aliens. It's a powerful film that resonates with Science …
review by . May 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
'District 9' is one of those movies that blindsided me - I had heard a little about it before seeing it, but few specifics. I was excited and hopeful, usually signs that I'm about to be disappointed. Not only did the film not disappoint, it went well beyond any expectations I had of it.    In terms of story, it's a film where very little is as it initially seems. You are presented with a deceptively simple scenario - a large alien craft has sort of broken down over Johannesburg, …
review by . August 20, 2009
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I went into this movie feeling slightly mislead, but in a good way. I'm not sure why, but I thought this was going to be some shallow, action oriented sci-fi movie that's only really enjoyable in theaters. I left feeling like I had seen one of the better sci-fi movies of the past few years. I could tell my friend was disappointed leaving the theater; he's the kind of person who loves terror, destruction and mayhem...yes, he's evil. I, on the other hand, enjoy a certain level of sophistication …
review by . August 17, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I must be honest.  When I first saw previews for District 9 my only thought was that it was remarkable how Transformers 2, GI Joe and District 9 could all look like the same preview.  Yet the more I began to learn about it, the more I realized that unlike the other two, District 9 might actually be a good movie.  A fun movie that could be more than meets the eye.  The previews don't make the film look like much.  Not in my eyes, but then again... the preview …
Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I haven't found the right words to do a full review. But I can say that the story is compelling and the special effects are impressive. It is nauseating in the same way as any David Cronenburg film (Scanners, eXistenz, The Fly, Naked Lunch), so don't watch it on a full stomach.
review by . August 16, 2009
D9 Poster
 When District 9 was starting its viral campaign, I thought it was a clever idea, but it didn't get me wild about the film.  When I saw previews for it, I wasn't really wild about those either.  As a matter of fact, this wasn't a movie I was ever wild about seeing.  I mean, I had a touch of interest more because of the Viral stuff than the actual previews, but it wasn't high on my list.  After I left the theater after seeing District 9, I left feeling about the same way …
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
it looks like another stupid alien movie but its actually a really well made interesting movie.
review by . September 09, 2009
I enjoyed the depth of this movie and as a low budget film - I think it rocked.  The thought provoking ideals concerning cultures and manipulation masked as humane actions was very interesting.        The dynamic between the main character and his wife was also intriguing.  I wish they could have played that out a little more... but they gave you enough to appreciate their relationship.      I give this movie thumbs up and hope that people …
review by . August 12, 2010
This movie is about a race of aliens that are stuck on earth because their ship is broken. The government sees them as a threat and separates them from the population in a concentration camp known as District 9. When i first saw the promo for this movie I was not to enthused about going to see it. But when I finally sat down to watch it, and the credits rolled at the end, I was unexpectedly pleased. Although the movie drags on at some points, the plot was very creative and not too played out. The …
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Maybe the best alien movie I have ever seen. The way the movie forces us to empathize with those beyond ourselves and face or our short comings make this a must see.
Quick Tip by . July 22, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
JJ Abrams has created an amazing political piece that is a must see. One of my favorite films of the year.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Definitely a new-age alien invasion that actually works, very enthralling and a great plot to boot.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Thematically ambitious and action packed, you just might find yourself blown away by District 9
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
This film is just awesome. Everyone should watch it. It was nominated for an Oscar :)
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Very good movie great special effects good story line
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
If only more movies could be as good as this.
review by . February 26, 2010
... considering what happened to my review of the film Avatar! A hundred thirty comments, and still coming! But I truly wonder why NOBODY has remarked on the similarity of the two films, Avatar and District 9. Not quite the same script, but mighty close: an alien species is unable to defend itself, for the time being, from Blackwater-style mercenary gunners until one Homo sapiens comes to their aid. In both films, the rescuer is a cross-breed, in Avatar by intent, in District 9 by accident. Both …
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