Thirty years ago, aliens arrived on Earth to seek asylum from their dying planet, only to be separated from humans in the makeshift tent city District 9. A field agent knows exactly where to hide when a mysterious virus begins to alter his DNA.
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This is possibly my favorite movie of all time, because it blends sci-fi with real world problems like racism and the darker side of human existance. I love how the computer generated objects and the real world objects coincided perfectly, to me this is a gem of modern film-making and I would certainly watch it multiple times...
A brilliant, Kafkaeque film that talks about what might been if the people of the world embrace aliens in our midst.
This is a bleak and sad modern fable because it is unrelenting and unflinching in exposing how humans can be so greedy and inhumane to outsiders.
Am sure this film will incite debates and discussions in campfires and small group dinner talks for many years.
More than just the exemplary VFX (and it's truly stunning quality) District 9 wins out with an incredible story structured beautifully that speaks both to the past and the future. True Sci-Fi, true genius. That there are unanswered questions in this story only adds to the allure.
I have to agree with everyone that's written a review so far. District 9 was absolutely fantastic and unfortunately relevant. Neil Blomkamp has cemented his position in the science fiction pantheon with this film, creating not only a thought-provoking story, but a thoroughly fun and enjoyable film to boot. Do yourself a favor and see this film during the opening weekend!
District 9 is a clever and refreshing take on the sci-fi genre. The parallels to South African apartheid might feel a little heavy-handed at times, but the culmination of the film's elements feels dynamic and altogether new. I was disappointed by the one-dimensional depiction of Nigerians as barbaric criminals.
Why is this so unusual? A truly great alien movie. Has every ingredient of what makes good sci-fi. It becomes a metaphor for things we need to address in our reality. It's built in a coherent way, even with ingredients that are at first hard to conceive, but become credible as we get involved in the story. And as we get involved in the story, we don't know where we are anymore. Because maybe the metaphor did work.