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District 9 (Bilingual)

Sharlto Copley , David James , Neill Blomkamp    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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A provocative science fiction drama, District 9 boasts an original story that gets a little lost in blow-'em-up mayhem. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, District 9 begins as a mock documentary about the imminent eviction of extraterrestrials from a pathetic shantytown (called District 9). The creatures, it turns out, have been on Earth for years, having arrived sickly and starving. Initially received by humans with compassion and care, the aliens are now mired in blighted conditions typical of long-term refugee camps unwanted by a hostile, host society. With the creatures' care contracted out to a for-profit corporation, the shantytown has become a violent slum. The aliens sift through massive piles of junk while their minders secretly research weapons technology that arrived on the visitors' spacecraft. Against this backdrop is a more personal story about a bureaucrat named Wikus (Sharlto Copley) who is accidentally exposed to a DNA-altering substance. As he begins metamorphosing into one of the creatures, Wikus goes on the run from scientists who want to harvest his evolving, new parts and aliens who see him as a threat. When he pairs up with an extraterrestrial secretly planning an escape from Earth, however, what should be a fascinating relationship story becomes a series of firefights and explosions. Nuance is lost to numbing violence, and the more interesting potential of the film is obscured. Yet, for a while District 9 is a powerful movie with a unique tale to tell. Seamless special effects alone are worth seeing: the (often brutal) exchanges between alien and human are breathtaking. --Tom Keogh

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An "ALIEN" movie VERY much about HUMANS. Nov. 23 2009
By Richard S. Warner TOP 50 REVIEWER
One of the most striking, powerful and poignant statements about human nature made it's way to us during summer 09 in the form of this tough, gritty, bracingly realistic and singularly unique movie. "District 9", directed by Neill Blomkamp of South Africa, of all unlikely places, and produced by New Zealand heavyweight, Peter Jackson, of "King Kong" and "The Lord of the Rings" fame, relays a quite unique narrative premise only ever seen before in Nicholas Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" ... aliens not as benevolent gods or invading monsters, but as our victims.

An immense, almost city-sized alien spacecraft arrives and parks itself over the city of Johannesburg and then remains there, inert and incommunicado. Eventually we ( humans ) rouse the nerve to fly up to the behemoth spaceship to discover whatever we can. Eventually, once inside, we find a large population of creatures of a very alien form deep within. They are all sick, leaderless, disoriented and in a very bad condition. So what do we do? ...... drag them all off their ship, put them in a barb-wired enclosed ghetto/shanty town ( District 9 ), treat them with utmost disdain, near starve them and routinely deal with them quite brutally, even cruelly.

The narrative of "D9" begins in "medias re", the middle of the story. The "Prawns", as we pejoratively call them, have already arrived and have been interred in their ghetto for 20 years but are now about to be removed away from the Johannesburg environ and out to a more crowded prison camp.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Sci-fi is meant to be! Dec 27 2009
By Peter Cantelon TOP 500 REVIEWER
District 9 is a brilliant movie and is everything good sci-fi should be. It takes a no holds barred look at humanity and our tendancy to fear, hate and ultimately dominate what we do not understand. Strong themes of xenophobia, racism, the universality of love, compassion, friendship, family and community dominate this movie. Somehow director Neill Blomkamp manages to deliver all of these themes in a fast-paced, action packed sci-fi blockbuster bound to become a classic.

The film is based on a short film by director Blomkamp and was created with the modest budget of $30 million. Everything about this movie works. Set in South Africa the themes become more profound as they mesh with the nation's history of apartheid. The cast is fantastic and unknown actor Sharlto Copley as main character Wikus van de Merwe is brilliant and should be nominated for an Oscar considering this was his first professional acting job.

The film looks fantastic in blu-ray and the sound is crystal clear. The effects are fantastic looking and the aspect ratio of 1.85:1 nearly completely fills the entire screen. Blu-ray exclusive features like interactive maps etc really make you feel good about buying into the Blu-ray player and HD tv that you have.

All in all a fantastic movie by this new transplanted South African director (Blomkamp lives in Canada). I very highly recommend the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars amazing Jan. 30 2014
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got this for only 5 bucks and its awesome. i gave only 4 stars because picture quality is only so so. MUST BUY
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5.0 out of 5 stars District 9 is a masterpiece! Jan. 12 2014
By Poopy
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District 9 is the directorial debut of Neill Blomkamp and let me start off by saying this is an excellent film! The Picture quality of this film is very smooth and the audio is very crisp and clear. The disc is loaded with special features and so much bonus content to keep you entertained for 3 hours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good movie Sept. 30 2013
By John
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After seeing Elysium, I wanted to see District 9, and I have to say while I didn't love the movie I did like it. It was more political then I expected, which is cool. There are similarities to how aboriginals have been treated in many countries around the world but most especially South Africa. Definitely a movie to see!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top notch Sept. 17 2013
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Really clever and engaging. Social Commentary wrapped up as a Sci-Fi action. I love it. Knowing that it's the male lead's first on-screen role puts an exclamation point on what an incredible job he did, one of the best performances of the year the year it came out. I could recommend this movie to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better modern alien movies. Jan. 30 2013
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This movie had a fresh take on the alien movie genre. I really enjoyed this film both for it's original story line as well as some of the great cinematography in the film. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a good action/sci-fi-ish type of movie!
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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Blomkamp does the amazing by combing roller coaster excitement with an intelligent context that makes all the noise about something. While some of the ideas are occasionally heavy handed or on the nose, it's so exciting to see a Hollywood action film that traffics in ideas, that I'm willing to forgive the occasional 'I get it already' moment, or logic lapse, or easy coincidence, or mediocre supporting performance.

The story is simple. A million plus grotesque looking, starving and sickly aliens get stranded on Earth when they essentially run out of fuel. And while at first humans try to reach out in friendship, before long corporations are trying to make money by exploiting their technology (especially, or course, their weapons) and the aliens are herded into a 'district' and walled in. (That the film is set in South Africa is one of those choices that feels like gilding the lily - even though that is the film-makers home). And it's clear that progressing from apartheid to Nazi style medical experiments and concentration camps is the next step.

While I wish the villains were less mustache twirling (some 'banality of evil' would have been even more chilling), the effects are great, and it's a film that grew, not shrank as it went along. For the first third I thought it was OK, the second pretty good, and by the end I loved it. And it's stuck with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A commercial action sci-fi film that's also smart, political, darkly...
Blomkamp does the amazing by combing roller coaster excitement with an intelligent context that makes all the noise about something. Read more
Published 18 months ago by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars A big metaphor for racial inequality,all wrapped up in a Sci-Fi...
District 9(released Aug./09)is a film presented and produced by Lord of the Rings wonderkind Peter Jackson. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2011 by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie for excellent release.
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Published on Dec 23 2011 by Simon Bergeron
4.0 out of 5 stars Things don't always happen in the U.S.
An alien movie set in South Africa. The plot seems to be based somewhat on the Soweto slums and the reaction of the govt. at that time. Read more
Published on May 29 2011 by K. Sidiqi
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Sci-Fi Movie
If you are a die-hard science fiction fan who loves the back story, history and technical details of a movie... then you may not like District 9. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2010 by RobCons
4.0 out of 5 stars A true sci-fi original
2009 was a great year for sci-fi fans. Not only did we get the wonderfully genuine Moon, but this movie also seemingly came out of nowhere. Read more
Published on July 13 2010 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Aliens among us
It's rare at the moment to see a science fiction movie that isn't a remake, a cash-in, an adaptation, or a spinoff of another big success. Read more
Published on May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas
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