Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United (MNU).
|Release Date||:||August 5, 2009|
|Production Company||:||WingNut Films, TriStar Pictures, Key Creatives, Block / Hanson, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC), The Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa, QED International, Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit, District 9, New Zealand Post Digital and Visual Effects Grant|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa|
|Director||:||Neill Blomkamp, Vinca Cox, Terry Fletcher, Merrin Ruck, Paul Grinder|
|Writers||:||Terri Tatchell, Neill Blomkamp|
|Casts||:||Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike, Elizabeth Mkandawie, John Sumner, William Allen Young, Nick Blake, Greg Melvill-Smith, Robert Hobbs, Vanessa Haywood, Kenneth Nkosi, Morena Busa Sesatsa, Themba Nkosi, Mzwandile Nqoba, Barry Strydom, Jed Brophy, Louis Minnaar, Marian Hooman, Vittorio Leonardi, David Clatworthy, Michael Huff, David James, Tim Gordon, Anthony Bishop, Anthony Fridjhon, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Melt Sieberhagen, Andre Odendaal, Louise Saint-Claire, Norman Anstey, Nick Boraine, Brandon Auret, Jacques Gombault, Justin Strydom, Simo Mogwaza, Matt Stern, David Dukas, Daniel Hadebe, Bongo Mbutuma, Johnny Selema, Neill Blomkamp, Trevor Coppola|
|Plot Keywords||:||slum, street gang, mutation, south africa, johannesburg, dystopia, genetics, government, satire, alien, prawn, mockumentary, alternate history, racism, metamorphosis, xenophobia, internment camp, body transformation, alien technology, segregation|
I do not give out ratings of 10 lightly, but here it is - the first film in years that has been deserving of the rating.
Neill Blomkamp brings to screens a fantastic, gritty, realistic piece of science fiction with District 9. Not since Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner", John Carpenter's "The Thing", or James Cameron's "Aliens" have we seen a science fiction film with a vision of this caliber. After viewing District 9, it will be clear to one and all why Peter Jackson put so much faith in Blomkamp and took him under his wing as protégé.
Abandoning the usual settings of Hollywood sci-fi and placing us in the harsh slums of South Africa, we are given an original piece of work which takes risks in the way it tells its story. Not only does it go against the expectations of audiences who have been trained to expect mediocrity from their sci-fi, it goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide us with spectacle as well as something to ponder after we've downed our popcorn.
There is, thankfully, not an overused, overexposed celebrity in sight, and every unknown face in the film gives a solid performance. The aliens themselves, brilliantly realized with top notch CGI even manage to make us feel something, only rivaled by Gollum from "Lord of the Rings".
District 9 has so much to like. It's spectacular, darkly funny, entertaining and thoughtful all at the same time, and it's all done on a meager $30m budget. There is true talent on show here. If only there were more films like this, the world of cinema would be a more interesting place.