District 9 is one of my favorite movies that I’ve seen thus far in 2010, which says quite a bit since I’m not a huge fan of Sci-Fi movies.

I pretty much knew what to expect going into this film, having heard quite a bit about the premise (though not enough to ruin anything about the plot twist which drives the movie into the second half of the film).  I knew it wasn’t just another alien invasion film.

Here’s the basic plot (without spoilers):

A spaceship comes to earth and hovers over the capital of South Africa, and shortly thereafter a piece of the ship is seen falling to earth.  When the ship remains afloat, the government of South Africa send helicopters up into the ship to find out what’s going on, where they find over a million starving aliens, some of them already dead.  Looking to help, the government sets up a compound on earth where the aliens can live – calling it District 9.  Due to the pressures (and rampant racism) of the South African people, fences are erected to keep humans and aliens apart.

Flash forward 20 years later, the South African people have voted to have the aliens of District 9 moved to a new location, and a politician’s son-in-law unexpectedly gets the job of managing the task of informing the aliens they must move from their homes.

Parts of District 9 are done like a documentary, but those parts are few and far between in the second half of the film – where they are mostly un-needed anyway.

I would be super cautious about who I would recommend this film to, since it’s super violent.  There are inter-species battles, and whether it’s a human or alien dying, it’s shown very in a very graphic way.  If you don’t mind some blood, check out District 9.  It’s a great drama.


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