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District 9

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Neill Blomkamp

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About the Movie

Over twenty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them. Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare – they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA. The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 302
  • Fresh: 271
  • Rotten: 31
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's a brashly confident debut, full of sharp, inventive detail (the prawns are crazy for cat food) and rooted in a couple of Big Ideas. Well worth the time, if not all of it. – Tom Charity,, Aug 25, 2014

Fresh: The wonder is that despite its obvious roots, District 9 feels staggeringly original. – Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR, Jun 17, 2015

Fresh: You don't feel bamboozled, fooled, or patronized by District 9, as you did by most of the summer blockbusters. You feel winded, shaken, and shamed. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sep 8, 2009

Fresh: What the sci-fi action flick District 9 lacks in famous faces it makes up for with sheer imagination. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Jun 28, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Best movie of the year!

Imagine,a budget of only $30 million,complete newcomers to acting,writing,and animators strait out of college. Now imagine all that in the fresh,creative,and very much capable hands of Neil Blomkamp and academy-award winning director Peter Jackson. Together,the two have created the most intense,visually stunning,touching,and if not most important,pshycological film I've seen in my whole life. Buy it,watch it,become amazed, and see it dominate the 2009 Oscars.


this movie was so dang awesome. the very moment it comes out I am buying it. So you should check it out. You won't regret it.

One of the best of the year!

A great movie that all sci-fi lovers should own. The acting is great and the story will keep you hanging in for the sequel.

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