I just went and saw District 9 in theaters and I must say it was amazing. This movie is a lot deeper than most summer blockbusters, but not so deep that you won’t enjoy it. What is amazing is that this film took just $30 million to film, as apposed to the other summer blockbusters like Transformers 2 and GI Joe that cost over $100 million dollars to produce. This has absolutely no negative affect on the quality of the movie and may have actually made it better.
I was going to write a quick synopsis on the plot but wikipedia has an excellent one so I though you would be better served by this one. (I left out the major spoiler part)
The film opens with a documentary-style series of interviews that introduce the situation. Twenty years before, an alien ship is seen coming towards Earth and arrives above Johannesburg, South Africa. It hovers above the city for three months without any contact; eventually humans take the initiative and cut into the ship. They discover a large group of aliens who are malnourished and sick. The aliens are later assessed as apparently being all “workers”, with their leadership mysteriously missing. Grainy footage shows part of the ship (supposed to be a command module) falling to Earth, but nobody has been able to find it, leaving the ship inoperable.
The creatures, called “prawns” as a derogatory reference to the sea creature which they resemble, are housed in a government camp. The alien race’s true name is never learned — they are primarily referred to as “prawns” or, more rarely, “non-humans”. Overcrowding and militarization eventually turn the area into a slum known as District 9. A massive black market is set up between the aliens and a group of Nigerians primarily led by Mumbo, a paralyzed warlord. In addition to inter-species prostitution, the Nigerians exchange alien weapons for canned cat food, which has a similar effect to catnip on the aliens.
The movie takes place in 2010, 28 years after the aliens’ first arrival in 1982. Patience over the alien situation has run out and control over them has been contracted to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company that shows little regard for the aliens’ welfare. MNU is interested in using the aliens’ advanced weaponry, but its integration with alien biology makes it useless for humans.
An MNU field operative named Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), is set with a task to move 1.8 million aliens to a newDistrict 10 camp located 240 km from Johannesburg, with help from private security forces working for MNU. While inspecting a suspicious alien residence, Wikus handles an alien device which squirts a dark liquid into his face. He becomes very sick and collects the device as evidence.
-If you want the rest of the plot click here (Major Spoilers!!!)
I thought this movie was amazing, and anyone who enjoys SiFi movies should most definatly see this movie.