District 9

District 9
  • 2009
  • South Africa / New Zealand
  • 1h 52min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
  • Written by: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
  • Cast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James
  • Language: English, Nyanja, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho
  • Website: www.d-9.com

'District 9' takes place on an alternate-reality earth where an alien race known as 'prawns' have arrived only to find themselves decanted by the sinister Multi National United agency into shanty-towns on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Stark, political messages and sci-fi splatter action are comfortably balanced, with the result managing to be at once a moving paean to the importance of human rights and a crowd-pleasing rollercoaster ride.

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District 9

In Neill Blomkamp’s thriller, an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

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District 9

21 Aug 20094 stars

(15) 112min Under the guiding hand of producer Peter Jackson, South African writer/director Neill Blomkamp has expanded his 2005 Alive In Joberg short to feature length for this dazzling sci-fi thriller. Set in 2010, District 9 takes place on an…

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