District 9

District 9

Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James
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Overview

District 9

Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. But MNU is less interested in the aliens' welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research. Unfortunately, the highly advanced weaponry requires alien DNA in order to be activated. When MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to biotechnology that causes his DNA to mutate, the tensions between the aliens and the humans intensifies. Wikus is the key to unlocking the alien's technology, and he quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet. Ostracized and isolated, Wikus retreats to District 9 in a desperate bid to shake his dogged pursuers.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/22/2009
UPC: 0043396292260
Original Release: 2009
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 15,448

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sharlto Copley Wikus van der Merwe
Jason Cope Grey Bradnam/UKNR Chief Correspondent,Christopher Johnson
David James Koobus Venter
Vanessa Haywood Tania Van de Merwe
Mandla Gaduka Fundiswa Mhlanga
Kenneth Nkosi Thomas
Eugene Khumbanyiwa Obesandjo
Louis Minnaar Piet Smit
William Allen Young Dirk Michaels
Nathalie Boltt Sarah Livingstone - Sociologist
Sylvaine Strike Dr. Katrina McKenzie
Elizabeth Mkandawie Interviewee
John Sumner Les Feldman - MIL Engineer
Greg Melvill-Smith Interviewer
Nick Blake Francois Moraneu - CIV Engineer Team
Jed Brophy James Hope - Police Officer
Marian Hooman Sandra Van de Merwe
Vittorio Leonardi Michael Blomstein - MNU Alien Civil Affairs
Johan van Schoor Nicolas Van de Merwe
Stella Steenkamp Phyllis Sinderson - MNU Alien Relations
Mampho Brescia Reporter
Tim Gordon Clive Henderson - Entomologist
Morne Erasmus MNU Medic
Anthony Bishop Paramedic
David Clatworthy Doctor
Mike Huff Doctor
Anthony Fridjhon MNU Executive
Hlengiwe Madlala Sangoma
Siyabonga Radebe Obesandjo's Lieutenant
Melt Sieberhagen Anton Grobler
Andre Odendaal Mike Van Kerland
Jonathan Taylor MNU Doctor
John Ellis MNU Medical Scientest
Louise Saint Claire MNU Medical Scientist
Alan Glauber MNU Operating Room Doctor
Nicolas Herbstein MNU Biolab Technician
Norman Anstey MNU Lead Medical Technician
Nick Boraine Craig Weldon
Robert Hobbs Ross Pienaar
Sibulele Gcilitshana U Günters Woman
Mahendra Raghunath SABC Anchor Person
Phillip Mathebula Meat Stall Seller

Technical Credits
Neill Blomkamp Director,Screenwriter
Michelle Belcher Musical Direction/Supervision
Mike Berg Art Director
Bill Block Executive Producer
Philippa Boyens Co-producer
Dianna Cilliers Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Julian Clarke Editor
Carolynne Cunningham Producer
Denton Douglas Casting
Elliot Ferwerda Executive Producer
Paul Hanson Executive Producer
Philip Ivey Production Designer
Peter Jackson Producer
Ken Kamins Executive Producer
Trent Opaloch Cinematographer
Clinton Shorter Score Composer
Terri Tatchell Screenwriter
Emelia Weavind Art Director

Scene Index

Deleted Scenes; Director's Commentary; The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker's Log - Three-Part Documentary; Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus; Innovation: Acting and Improvisation; Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9; Alien Generation: Visual Effects

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District 9 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I was not sure what to think of this movie when it first started out, because it was kind of odd & filmed as though it were news coverage or something, and some of the camera movement even made me a tad bit dizzy in parts, but the further it got into it, the more I was actually intregued by it. Not all of it is shot like it is camera footage either. Just the first little while of it, and then a few certain other areas later on. A lot of it is still filmed like an actual movie. Peter Jackson did a pretty good job on this movie for the most part. It's a tad strange, but also pretty interesting. Aside from being a neat and innovative sci fi movie, it also is designed in a way to depict kind of what the slums down in southern Africa are like, which really makes you feel for the actual people that suffer down in those parts of the world, scrounging for food and dealing with various oppression and different gang issues. All in all, I enjoyed this movie. I would say it is worth owning. If you're a sci fi fan, it's going to seem a little different than a lot of sci fi, but also rather interesting, and again, through all of it, you get sort of a depiction of the slums in the southern parts of Africa. Give it a watch. It will blow your mind! Listed below are other great Peter Jackson movies.
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It was like watching the news for most of the movie. I liked the story but not how it was flimed. It could have been way better. This will be one of those movies that i will never watch again.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wojo More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best movies of the year, and certainly one of the most original. The story involving aliens that have the misfortune of getting stranded on Earth moves at a brisk pace. The aliens soon become second class citizens and are confined to their own encampment, District 9. This, of course, is a science fiction story about apartheid. A most entertaining one it should be noted. The action scenes are extremely well done and the ending is truly exciting.
Tokyojoe777 More than 1 year ago
Wikus is the new anti-hero! Love, compassion, plot and most of all cool shootouts. District 9 has it all. You don't have to be a sci-fi fan to like this movie...just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Chirp More than 1 year ago
I don't understand what anyone sees in this film. I like sci-fi, but I couldn't watch more than 1/2 hour of this boring movie. Maybe it got more exciting later on, but I couldn't wait to get out from this 'reporter voice-over' style and idiotic scenes. I'm tired of the villian crushes the poor victim plot--no complexity--black and white--no matter what form it is in. This is one of the plots in Avatar also--"cowboys and Indians" tale there
ChesterfieldWatts More than 1 year ago
Based on how much this movie was promoted solely on the fact that Peter Jackson was producing it, I was not sure how good it would be. I did not see it in theater, but when I rented it and watched it I was blown away. This movie had several scenes where I literally had a visceral reaction to it. I loved the suspense and the emotions in this movie. It was not flawless, but it was very well done, and definitely a must-see for sci-fi fans. For having a new director and an inexperienced leading actor, this movie was crisp and very believable. It was a realistic sci-fi movie that managed to make great points about real life scenarios, all while not getting preachy or unrealistic. Probably not for the faint of heart viewer, though I loved the way this movie effected me both mentally and viscerally. Great movie, I also would recommend the short film the movie was loosely based on, "Alive in Joburg."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased as gift for my son. Said the movie was very good.
DSDM More than 1 year ago
This movie was very well done, but the storyline was quite intense. It definitely kept my interest. It was a great sci-fi movie.
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
After The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, Peter Jackson was handed the keys to a Halo movie. But work starting on The Lovely Bones (due out December 11, 2009) and the possibility of The Hobbit in his future, Peter Jackson opted to produce and wanted to pass directorial duties to an unknown South African director named Neill Blomkamp. With an unknown director known only for his short films, commercials, and special effects work and a reported $150 million budget for Halo the producers and studio balked at the idea of Blomkamp directing. After Halo fell through, Jackson offered Blomkamp a $30 million budget to direct the film of his choice. The result, a feature length version of Blomkamp's first short film Alive In Joburg called District 9. District 9 could quite possibly be the best movie I've seen all summer, my only regret is that it didn't come out sooner. It starts out as social commentary dealing with apartheid, the humans take great pleasure in treating the prawns as less than human, shuffling them around, berating them, and even burning down shacks that contain their eggs. It's this sociopolitical relevance that really causes this movie to rise above it's sci-fi peers. On top of that, the movie is shot with a real documentary feel, this adds to the gritty reality of the movie. You believe this is happening because it feels like a documentary you'd watch on the History channel. On top of that, the acting is superb as well. A special shout out must be given to Sharlto Copley who has no acting experience and had no previous acting experience and had no intention to be an actor prior to Blomkamp's short film, Alive In Joburg. His character Wikus is seen in nearly every scene of the movie and you really feel for him despite his early despicable acts in the movie. You always feel for him and you always root for him, and while that can be attributed to great writing, it takes a great actor to really pull that range off. The real winner in this movie, and what really blew my mind, though, are the special effects. I don't normally mention budgets when reviewing a movie, but here I think it's important. To give you an idea if you were to look at the other action movies to come out this summer you would see that X-Men Origins: Wolverine cost approximately $160 million to make, Terminator Salvation cost about the same, and Transformers 2 cost about $200 million. On the other side of the spectrum, if you look at comedies, Funny People cost $75 million, and last years Zack and Miri Make a Porno cost $25 million. Hell, back in 1991, Terminator 2 was originally budgeted at $77 million but went way over budget. The point: this movie had as many special effects as, say Wolverine, and cost less than a third of that to make and looks 10x better. Remember, all of the prawns, except the dead ones laying out on tables, were shot completely with digital effects and they all look photo-real. This movie easily looks like a $150 million plus movie. All in all, I'm really hoping this movie starts a new trend among studios: more original movies.
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