You are not welcome here.
Aliens land in South Africa and have no way home. Years later after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the "Non-Humans" are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United (MNU). The movie follows an MNU employee tasked with leading the relocation and his relationship with one of the alien leaders.
Always remember that a smile is cheaper than a bullet.
Poor Wikus. Poor poor Wikus. This has been my 4th time watching District 9 and I still don't know if I love you or hate you. Are you an idiot or do you have a big heart? Are you determined or are you just clueless?
Are you the worlds biggest imbecile, or the worlds most unlikely hero?
Well, the beginning of the film reminds us that "Wikus isn't the brightest bulb" so maybe we can excuse some of his excruciatingly dumb decisions.
But lets not blame Wikus entirely. District 9 was written and directed by still developing film maker Neill Blomkamp, and ended up being the surprise little sleeper hit…
An intelligent and exciting sci-fi film. Maybe the last of its kind. District 9 has an intriguing and unique premise, likeable characters, and superb special effects; all working together to form a great piece of cinema. Sharlto Copely is great as the bumbling, likeable, determined Wikus van de Murwe, a man assigned to deliver eviction notices to the alien residents of District 9. While there, however, he's exposed to some sort of liquid, which starts to take its toll in strange ways... Wikus, and his Prawn co-star, Christopher are great characters, who are well developed, creating genuinely exciting action scenes, with high stakes and plenty of drama. Christopher, and the rest of the Prawns, are wonderfully rendered, with some truly…
"I'll send you home in a fookin' jar!" - Wikus van de Merwe
What can I say; I love films that are an amalgamation of genres. While it's very much planted in the sci-fi genre, District 9 manages to insert elements of black comedy, scathing satire and body-horror, while wrapping it all up with a 40-minute action extravaganza. Blomkamp's casual mixing of all of the above works like a charm, not only showing District 9 to be a highly original movie, but one of the best science-fiction movies ever made.
Gritty, realistic and utterly absorbing, the creation of alien-infested Johannesburg is absolutely wonderful. Lending itself to plenty of pulse-pounding action along the way, the world Blomkamp creates is successful mainly…
It often happens in the science-fiction genre that a film starts with an idea and then falls flat on its face in the execution of it. This, sadly, happens more often than not. I was very happy indeed this didn't happen with District 9.
This clearly is a labour of love. Blomkamp wrote and directed it so this is his film from start to finish and what a debut it is. The approach he takes is tricky and fraught with danger. He chooses to inject a fair dose of social commentary into his film. Making a nation that was fractured and almost destroyed by Apartheid do the exact same thing, but to another (surprisingly gentle) species, is a gutsy move…
District 9 is the best Science Fiction film of the 21st century. Maybe the best since Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991). This film has all the elements you want from a sci-fi; and it's all executed just about flawlessly.
I CANNOT WAIT FOR ELYSIUM!
(Film 8 of Toby's Attempt At The December Project)
This is the second or third time I've seen this now and it still has the same effect on me as it did the first time. When I say that this is probably one of the best sci-fi films I've seen, I seriously mean it.
The acting is simply incredible. By that, I mainly mean Sharlto Copley. Don't get me wrong, everyone else is brilliant as well, but Copley's performance as a meek, awkward bureaucrat thrust into a situation which anyone would find harrowing is just outstanding. Likewise, Louis Minnaar's cold, manipulative MNU official is probably one of the best villains of the 00's. The effects used are also brilliant, especially…
Found the apartheid parallels a little too on the nose. On the whole, too much of a generic action movie with some mecha-porn thrown in for my tastes.
Reizēm citplanētieši pie mums ierodas nevis lai iekarotu, bet vienkārši paciemoties. Viena no sakarīgākajām sci-fi filmām daudzu gadu laikā.
Seeing this for probably the third time I was struck by how flat most of the characters are--particularly the big tough military guy. He hit almost every single cliche' in the book (and it is a pretty big book).
Even Copley in the lead role is pretty flat. He does a fine enough job with what character is there, but there really isn't that much there. And what is there is pretty obvious.
Ultimately, this is a really clever set-up with a strong first third, but it tapers significantly over the last two-thirds of the movie. And it doesn't hold up well to repeated viewings. Rather than seeing more layers, I just saw more blemishes.
I remember sneaking into my local movie theater to see this film. It was an exhilarating addition to an already great movie, and that will forever raise its value in my eyes.
Opera prima sci-fi impegnata e stilisticamente impeccabile per Blomkamp. Scenografia sconvolgente, alla pari di Sharlto Copley.
Exploitation film-making at it's finest. Made better, because it walks the line between exploitation film-making, and working as passible drama/sci-fi/action movie.
Like the genre of the film, the main character also inspires a number of interpretations. A lot of people seem to think of Wikus as a complex anti-hero, but in my opinion he is simply a bastard. The number of times he makes detestable decisions reaches the point of absurdity, and I think those are the points the film starts to show it's true colours. You start asking yourself, are you fucking kidding me? Are You fucking kidding me? District 9 is a vulgar film, and fortunately it's a blast.
Sneaky fookin prawns
Predictable plot, one-dimensional characters and shallow worldbuilding. A 1950's morality tale only with slicker special effects.