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District 9 Review

Posted: October 5, 2009 in Uncategorized

District 9District 9 is an excellent science fiction film to come from South African shores that subtly and in some cases not so subtly explores themes of xenophobia and forced removal. It gives insight into the forced removals that took place in District 6 whilst showcasing stellar filmmaking that South Africa has to offer. Neill Blomkamp served as both director and co-writer of the screenplay. The fact that it was produced by Peter Jackson is a further indication of its quality.

Sharlto Copley plays Wikus van der Merwe an MNU agent tasked with the operation of an eviction and relocation program that aims to move the residents of District 9, an alien slum, to a new location that is essentially a concentration camp and hardly  suitable for its intended purpose. Whilst serving eviction notices Wikus is exposed to alien technology that causes him to begin mutating into one of the aliens. This makes him highly important as he is now able to handle alien weaponry, MNU will do anything to get their hands on this and thus he becomes wanted and on the run. He has no choice but to take refuge in the one place he will never be found, District 9.

Some scenes in District 9 are not for the faint of stomach as it can get particularly gory at parts. District 9 is put together well and showcases some of the best of South African filmmaking talent.

The main cast comprises of Sharlto Copley, Louis Minnaar, Kenneth Nkosi, Jason Cope, David James and Vanessa Haywood.

District 9 is easily one of the best sci-fi films of the year.