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District 9: Access Granted


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Directed by Neil Blomkamp and produced by the ever noteworthy Peter Jackson, District 9 can make the non science fiction groupie want to bring down any argument with the aspects of the stellar engine and some famous scientist’s second and third physics law.

An article by PennyC

Welcome to District 9

Welcome to District 9

The film’s developments take place mostly in the chaotic outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, in District 9 where aliens from a stranded mother ship are evacuated to. Derogatorily referred to as “Prawns” , these creatures are good, bad, and really quite ugly.  But with aesthetics out of the way and as the movie plays on, this socially conscious story of survival speckled with covert public governance should not be missed.

However, the fidgety might want to their hair out in frustration due to the slow plot buildup and the initial unassuming personality of Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley), an employee of a private military contractor called Multinational United (MNU). His bed of roses soon gets flushed away by a storm as he becomes the ‘hero’ burdened with the task of evicting the aliens and moving them to District 10 due to their rapid expansion. But things pick up when Wikus fumbles his way through the slum and occurrences force him to drop his innate kindness to pick up some rouge-like courage.

Stamp here, please.

Stamp here, please.

Christopher Johnson (Jason Cope) is the leading ‘prawn’ in this movie with the kindest extraterrestrial eyes since ET.  This calm, sharp-witted alien understands how the human race functions. He’s also a warm father and a kind friend to his fellow alien community – you’ll see why in the film. Also, the interesting play on camera angles which puts the audience right in the middle of the action scenes undeniably pumps up the adrenaline.  But amidst all that seriousness, expect some sparsely sprinkled humour to lighten things up.

Bring in the big guns.

Bring in the big guns.

Empathy, greed, compassion, determination, irony and callousness are welded into this amazing work of science fiction where aliens are under the thumb of tightfisted humans. Additionally, the underlying decisions film District 9 South Africa and the predicaments of the aliens mirror the real life history of apartheid during the nation’s growth. District 9 may not have blatantly described to the audience an evident reality, but it sure adds an ingenious twist that narrates the universe’s parallel truth. Besides the almost perfect interpretation of something so close to home, we really, really hope that Copley gets an award for his brilliant performance as a man driven into the wretched path of alien insanity.

District 9 Trailer

Summing up:

Yup! Action scenes and awesome alien weaponry
oh. The unhurried build up of the plot in the beginning
Verbatim: Wikus searches for an alien child “Hello, little one! It’s the sweetie man coming!”
Thumbs: 5

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