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
ActionScience Fiction

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Variety

Variety

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

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

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

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

Just the best alien flick for eons.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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

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

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.

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