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District 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.

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District 9 release date: Dvd and Blu-ray Disc on December, 2009.

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Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

Produced by: Peter Jackson

Genres:  Science Fiction/Fantasy

Running Time:  112 minutes

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)

MPAA Rating:

Original Music: Clinton Shorter

Filming Locations: South Africa

Screen Writer:  Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Studio: WingNut Films

Distributors: TriStar Pictures

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.


The film 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 the aliens.

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 the aliens.

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 shack.

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.

The 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.


Sharlto Copley - 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 Christopher Johnson

Eugene Khumbanyiwa - Obesandjo, a Nigerian warlord

David James -  Colonel Koobus Venter, a sadistic soldier sent to capture Wikus - the film's main antagonist.
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

District 9 Soundtrack Movie Music


Track Listings

1. District 9
2. I Want That Arm
3. She Calls
4. Exosuit
5. Harvesting Material
6. Heading Home
7. A Lot Of Secrets
8. Back to D9
9. Wikus Is Still Running
10. Get Him Talking
11. Prawnkus


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 Review: 8.5/10

One of the themes of the movie explores is the relationship between human beings and aliens from outer space.


Great visuals. 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 RoboCop.

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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