9 is a 2009 South African science fiction movie. It stars Sharlto
Copley, Jason Cope and Robert Hobbs. The film was directed by
Neill Blomkamp, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell and
produced by Peter Jackson. The movie is about an
extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on
Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who
is exposed to their biotechnology.
District 9 Movie Poster
District 9 release date:
and Blu-ray Disc on December, 2009.
Release Date: August
13, 2009 (New Zealand and Australia), August 14, 2009 (United
States and Canada), August 28, 2009 (South Africa), September 4,
2009 (United Kingdom)
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a
2005 short film directed by Neill Blomkamp, Sharlto Copley,
Simon Hansen and Shanon Worley, which deals with the issues of
social segregation and xenophobia. It was a faux-documentary
film about a South African slum that was housing for an alien
race living on Earth, and the various policies enacted against
them, along with interviews with various 'civilians' and
government officials' and how they feel on the situation.
opens with a series of documentary style interviews that
introduce the situation.
The story is told from the
perspective of one MNU employee, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto
Copley), whose life is permanently altered by close contact with
In 1982, a massive alien spaceship
appeared and stopped above Johannesburg, South Africa. Reports
suggest that the spaceship became stranded after a command
module separated from the ship and dropped to Earth, nowhere to
be found. An exploratory team discovers a group of 1 million
unhealthy and leaderless members of an arthropod-like
Extraterrestrial species who are given asylum on Earth. Due to
the differing alien culture many engage in criminal and
destructive activities and the human population demands they be
controlled. The aliens, derogatorily referred to as 'prawns' as
they resemble to the sea creatures,
are confined to a government camp inside Johannesburg called
District 9. The camp is secured and soon turns into a slum.
A massive black market is set up
between the aliens and a group of Nigerians primarily led by
Mumbo, a paralyzed warlord. In addition to inter-species
prostitution, the Nigerians exchange canned cat food for alien
weapons, of which the cat food has a similar effect to catnip on
In 2010, the munitions corporation,
Multi-National United (MNU), is contracted to forcibly evict the
population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge to a new
District 10 camp located 240 km from Johannesburg. In this
operation, while inspecting a
suspicious alien residence, Wikus handles an alien device which
squirts a dark liquid into his face. He becomes very sick and
collects the device as evidence.
A rapid transformation begins to occur and shortly after
exposure to the liquid, Wikus's left arm mutates into a claw
exactly like that of a prawn. After collapsing at a surprise
party in his house and a doctor at a local hospital discovers
his alien left arm, Wikus is taken into custody and a series of
tests and experiments are performed on him; these reveal that
his alien DNA allows him to operate alien weapons. The
scientists discover that his DNA is currently "in balance" with
the alien DNA, which is gradually taking over. They decide to
harvest his body for biological material at this critical point,
to have the greatest chance of replicating his ability to use
alien technology in other humans later. To reduce any
side-effects, no anesthetic was used. However, during the
attempted vivisection Wikus escapes after overpowering his
captors, and flees from MNU.
Wikus seeks refuge in the run-down shack of an alien called
Christopher Johnson, who has a small son, the same alien who
Wikus attempted to evict earlier, who created the alien device
that infected Wikus. The device contains fuel that Christopher
scavenged from various alien parts scattered around District 9.
Although initially hostile towards Wikus,
Christopher eventually agrees to help him reverse the
transformation if Wikus will retrieve the fuel from MNU labs.
Christopher promises to undo the mutation by getting Wikus
aboard the mother ship hovering over Johannesburg and shows Wikus the ship's command module, which has been hidden under his
Wikus steals some alien weaponry from Mumbo and his gang, with
Mumbo vowing to capture Wikus and eat his mutated arm. With Christopher's help they launch an assault
on MNU and successfully retrieve the fuel sample. While there,
Christopher discovers that MNU has been experimenting on his
people. Wikus and Christopher fight their way back to District 9
and Christopher begins preparations to leave. He tells Wikus
that he must first return to his home world to seek help for his
people before he can cure Wikus. Furious, Wikus knocks
Christopher unconscious and powers up the ship himself. The MNU
mercenaries target Wikus and destroy one of the command module's
engines, causing it to crash land inside District 9.
MNU forces enter District 9 taking Wikus and Christopher
prisoner, but Obesandjo's gang ambushes them. During an intense
fire fight the Nigerian gang captures Wikus. From the downed
command module Christopher's son activates the mothership and an
alien mechanized battle suit frees Wikus. Wikus pilots the suit
and rescues Christopher. Promising Wikus that he will return to
reverse his transformation, Christopher activates the mothership,
which lifts the stricken command module inside it. Heavily
wounded and in a much more advanced state of his mutation, Wikus
crawls out of the wrecked battle suit.
mothership begins to leave and Johannesburg's residents
celebrate its departure. A series of interviews and news
broadcasts are shown. The aliens are successfully moved to
District 10, said to have a population of 2.5 million and
growing. MNU's illegal experiments on aliens are exposed. Those
interviewed theorize about Wikus' fate and hypothesize that
Christopher Johnson might return for the refugees or declare war
on humanity. Wikus' wife reveals that, having found a small
metal flower on her doorstep, she has hope that her husband is
still alive. In a scrapyard, an alien with a bandaged left arm
crafts a flower out of metal.
- Wikus Van De Merwe
Copley plays the role of Wikus van de
Merwe, a bureaucrat assigned to relocate a race of
extraterrestrial aliens, derogatorily referred to as
'prawns', from a refugee camp in Johannesburg to a new one
outside the city called District 10.
Jason Cope -
Grey Bradnam, the
UKNR Chief Correspondent. Cope also performed the role of
Eugene Khumbanyiwa - Obesandjo, a
David James - Colonel Koobus
Venter, a sadistic soldier sent to capture Wikus - the film's
William Allen Young as Dirk Michaels, MNU CEO
Louis Minnaar - Piet Smit, a
director at MNU (as well as Wikus' father-in-law)
Mandla Gaduka - Fundiswa
Mhlanga, Wikus' assistant during the eviction
Vanessa Haywood - Tania van de
Merwe, Wikus' wife
Johan van Schoor - Nicolaas van de
Merwe, Wikus' father
Marian Hooman - Sandra van de
Merwe, Wikus' mother
District 9 Soundtrack
1. District 9
2. I Want That Arm
3. She Calls
5. Harvesting Material
6. Heading Home
7. A Lot Of Secrets
8. Back to D9
9. Wikus Is Still Running
10. Get Him Talking
Director Neill Blomkamp teams with
producer Peter Jackson for this movie on extraterrestrial
refugees stuck in South Africa in 2010.
The title and premise of
District 9 were inspired by historical events that took place in
South Africa during the apartheid in a residential area of Cape
Town named District Six. The film was produced for $30 million
and shot on location in Chiawelo, Soweto, presenting fictional
interviews, news footage and video from surveillance cameras in
a part mock documentary style. A viral marketing campaign began
in 2008 at the San Diego Comic-Con and the theatrical trailer
appeared in July 2009. Released on August 14, 2009 in North
America by TriStar Pictures, the film received positive reviews
and earned $37 million on its opening weekend.
District 9 Movie
One of the themes of the movie
explores is the relationship between human beings and aliens
from outer space.
Transition between documentary
style and Hollywood style filming was brilliant.
Its refreshing to see something different. The movie does echo
some ideas from movies from the Alien, Terminator, Predator, and
The transition between documentary
style and Hollywood style filming was brilliant.
Excellent. It was a refreshing approach to aliens, funny at
times and sad to see what happens when tables turn on the main
character as he changes into a prawn (an alien).
Its over 2 hours and you never get bored in the movie. It is
refreshing the movie is set in South Africa instead of New York
or London like in many block buster movies.
Overall, I was impressed with
this movie, but as a word of caution, donít take your kids to
see it. Itís pretty violent.
District 9 was an incredibly clever bit of filmmaking that was
unconventional, moving and really well done.
Did you know?
* Copley is a filmmaker as well as
an actor, he has an extensive background in South African
television and co-produced and directed (with Simon Hansen).
* Peter Jackson is a New Zealand film maker, producer and
screenwriter. He is best known for the Lord of the Rings trilogy
adapted from the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien and his 2005 remake
of King Kong. Peter Robert Jackson was born 31 October 1961.
* The alien race's true name in
the District 9 movie is never learned.
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