District 9

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District 9

Neill Blomkamp (2009)

107min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Seemingly helpless extraterrestrials arrive on Earth and are treated like any other vulnerable minority - as if they're subhuman - in this startling mix of sci-fi action and trenchant social drama from producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings). By framing events as a mock-documentary set in his native Johannesburg, writer/director Neill Blomkamp makes obvious reference to the shadow of apartheid, but the film never seems preachy. Heading a largely unknown South African cast, Sharlto Copley delivers a remarkable performance as the glib Afrikaaner bureaucrat heading up a brutal alien-relocation operation, who's forced by escalating events into an affecting realisation of the error of his ways. It may give way to (admittedly effective) shoot-'em-up fare in the later stages, but this remains a textbook example of fantasy cinema's ability to tackle thorny moral issues while splattering the screen with gloopy creature effects.

Summary

Alien refugees who arrived in South Africa in the 1980s are placed in segregation camps, and suffer three decades of racial abuse at the hands of their human neighbours. However, things begin to change when a bureaucrat charged with moving the extraterrestrials to a more secure home finds himself stranded on the wrong side of the security fence. Sci-fi drama, starring Sharlto Copley and Jason Cope.

Cast & Crew

Wikus van de Merwe Sharlto Copley
Koobus Venter David James
Christopher Johnson / Grey Bradnam Jason Cope
Tania van de Merwe Vanessa Haywood
Fundiswa Mhalanga Mandla Gaduka
Thomas Kenneth Nkosi
Dirk Michaels William Allen Young
Sangoma Hlengiwe Madlala
Louis Minnaar Piet Smit
Ross Pienaar Robert Hobbs
Director Neill Blomkamp
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Other Information

Language: English, Nyanja, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotha +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 Sep 2009

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