District 9

District 9

District 9

Produced by Peter Jackson and directed by newcomer Neil Blomkamp, this sci-fi action-adventure follows alien refugees, stranded in South Africa, who become the subject of human intolerance.
 
Almost thirty years ago, aliens arrived in Johannesburg. Their ship had broken down and they became the world's refugees. Their pesky presence made them despised by humans – referred to as 'prawns' for their disgusting features – and their makeshift home quickly became a slum. And now, as tensions rise between species, dorkish government official Wikus van der Merwe accidently discovers a highly lucrative alien secret. He becomes the object of a vicious government manhunt and, with nowhere else to go, he hides in the only place left: District 9.

2009Rating: R16, contains violence and offensive language 112 minsSouth Africa, New Zealand
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

This grossly engrossing speculative fiction bears Jackson's blood-splattered fingerprints but also heralds first-time feature director Neill Blomkamp as a nimble talent to watch.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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In the best B-movie tradition, the filmmakers embed their ideas in an ingenious, propulsive and suspenseful genre entertainment, one that respects your intelligence even as it makes your eyes pop (and, once in a while, your stomach turn).

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Despite its creativity, the movie remains space opera and avoids the higher realms of science-fiction.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Just the best alien flick for eons.

5.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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District 9 is very smart sci-fi, but that's just the beginning; it's also a scathing social satire hidden inside a terrific action thriller teeming with gross aliens and regrettable inter-species conflict. And it's a blast...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A genuinely original science fiction film that grabs you immediately, not letting go until the final shot.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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It is a smart, satirical, raucous and glorious pile of a film. It hits the ground running, and barely pauses for breath until the credits roll.

5.0
0

Neil Blomkamp has been the greatest new director who never made a movie for years. His ad's for Nike and his Halo game videos have been circulating for years and I was desperate to see this guy get a movie - even if it wasn't to be the long gestating HALO live action epic I was hoping for. DISTRICT 9 does not disappoint. A movie with a message ("Love...

5.0
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very creative and interesting story line. got hooked and freaky in a way. worth watching

3.0
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mate, that was such a crap movie it was actually funny, it looked so great in the adds, but then as i went to see it, it just got dragged on and just turned into a silly dramatic movie that was absoulutly crap!

1.0
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As a South African this movie made me extremely proud of the South African cast in the movie!!! Was a great social commentary on everything from the Soweto uprizing to the Sophia town relocations; the xenophobia in 2008 to the gouvernmental corruption in the previous and current regime... The action was brilliant and as a local the movie hit as close to...

5.0
0

Absolutely the worst movie ever! It was so bad it was funny, but no one except for me was laughing! It can not be taken seriously...but people did? Real bad movie. Don't bother watching

1.0
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I came out of the theater feeling a bit dazed and not sure what the time was. Last time I felt like that was when I watched Jurasic Park. District 9 is quite disturbing - there are no real good guys - each character has their bad points - just like in real life. I felt the storyline could have had some more detail in parts. But definately original. Some...

4.0
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Just awesome... its not often that a movie with a genre like this that makes you sit back and really think about whats going on in this world... its actually thought provoking!!!! I found myself saying "my god how could they" a few times, and even felt pretty sad a few times as well!!! Just great!!! even the girl liked it!!! best film so far this year

5.0
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very disappointing! Tried to keep an open mind given the huge reviews but was very disappointed! Borrowed from loads of other films too. Quite slow in parts. The main actor redeemed the film - he was excellent. But there was no chance your brain would have to work too hard. Would probbaly not go and see the sequel, and there is obviously going to be one.

3.0
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I would really like to say that I loved it but I came away not sure whether I was disappointed or bored... sorry! The effects were great & while humorous in parts, the story line was a hohum moral rehash. Don't think I'll even watch it again when it comes to TV.

3.0
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My daughter bought the ticket for a Father's Day gift and it was money well spent. The movie as a whole is better than anything I've seen all year. However, I can't think of anything really new in it and I feel just as manipulated as I would have been watching an environmental documentary. Like many modern movies, there are no heroes in this one. The...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

This grossly engrossing speculative fiction bears Jackson's blood-splattered fingerprints but also heralds first-time feature director Neill Blomkamp as a nimble talent to watch.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In the best B-movie tradition, the filmmakers embed their ideas in an ingenious, propulsive and suspenseful genre entertainment, one that respects your intelligence even as it makes your eyes pop (and, once in a while, your stomach turn).

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Despite its creativity, the movie remains space opera and avoids the higher realms of science-fiction.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Just the best alien flick for eons.

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

District 9 is very smart sci-fi, but that's just the beginning; it's also a scathing social satire hidden inside a terrific action thriller teeming with gross aliens and regrettable inter-species conflict. And it's a blast...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A genuinely original science fiction film that grabs you immediately, not letting go until the final shot.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It is a smart, satirical, raucous and glorious pile of a film. It hits the ground running, and barely pauses for breath until the credits roll.

5.0
0

Neil Blomkamp has been the greatest new director who never made a movie for years. His ad's for Nike and his Halo game videos have been circulating for years and I was desperate to see this guy get a movie - even if it wasn't to be the long gestating HALO live action epic I was hoping for. DISTRICT 9 does not disappoint. A movie with a message ("Love...

5.0
0

very creative and interesting story line. got hooked and freaky in a way. worth watching

3.0
0

mate, that was such a crap movie it was actually funny, it looked so great in the adds, but then as i went to see it, it just got dragged on and just turned into a silly dramatic movie that was absoulutly crap!

1.0
0

As a South African this movie made me extremely proud of the South African cast in the movie!!! Was a great social commentary on everything from the Soweto uprizing to the Sophia town relocations; the xenophobia in 2008 to the gouvernmental corruption in the previous and current regime... The action was brilliant and as a local the movie hit as close to...

5.0
0

Absolutely the worst movie ever! It was so bad it was funny, but no one except for me was laughing! It can not be taken seriously...but people did? Real bad movie. Don't bother watching

1.0
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I came out of the theater feeling a bit dazed and not sure what the time was. Last time I felt like that was when I watched Jurasic Park. District 9 is quite disturbing - there are no real good guys - each character has their bad points - just like in real life. I felt the storyline could have had some more detail in parts. But definately original. ...

4.0
0

Just awesome... its not often that a movie with a genre like this that makes you sit back and really think about whats going on in this world... its actually thought provoking!!!! I found myself saying "my god how could they" a few times, and even felt pretty sad a few times as well!!! Just great!!! even the girl liked it!!! best film so far this year

5.0
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very disappointing! Tried to keep an open mind given the huge reviews but was very disappointed! Borrowed from loads of other films too. Quite slow in parts. The main actor redeemed the film - he was excellent. But there was no chance your brain would have to work too hard. Would probbaly not go and see the sequel, and there is obviously going to be one.

3.0
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I would really like to say that I loved it but I came away not sure whether I was disappointed or bored... sorry! The effects were great & while humorous in parts, the story line was a hohum moral rehash. Don't think I'll even watch it again when it comes to TV.

3.0
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My daughter bought the ticket for a Father's Day gift and it was money well spent. The movie as a whole is better than anything I've seen all year. However, I can't think of anything really new in it and I feel just as manipulated as I would have been watching an environmental documentary. Like many modern movies, there are no heroes in this one. The...

5.0
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