- South Africa/New Zealand
- 1h 52min
- 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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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 921 Aug 2009
(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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