Did you watch “District 9”? My recommendation – do watch it. It’s one of those movies where you go in with some traditional expectation but have a wonderful experience of enjoying the movie with something unique to offer. What is the movie all about? Let me start with the technical details first:

Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Release Date:  14th August 2009
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Mandla Gaduka, Vanessa Haywood
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Producer: Peter Jackson
Blog Author’s Rating: 3.5/5District-9

So what is the movie all about? The storyline of District 9 is set in the town of Johannesburg, South Africa. The movie starts with telling that 20 years ago an alien spaceship came out of nowhere and just hung up in air. The humans decided to go inside the ship and there they found malnourished aliens which were rescued. These aliens were put up in an area which came to be known as District 9. Given the way these aliens look people started calling them “prawns”. For 20 years they have been surviving in District 9 and the area has now become a slum where Nigerian gangsters conduct their operations.

The actual fun begins now, that is 20 years since the arrival of aliens, when the government decides to relocate the aliens to a new place and Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley) a bureaucrat from government agency MNU is given the responsibility to give eviction notice to the aliens. While serving eviction notices, Wikus comes in contact with an alien fluid which apparently starts transforming him into the alien. He becomes the first case of a successful human alien hybrid. Ironically, when the bosses at MNU find his condition they capture him and treat him as a subject for experiments. Somehow he manages to escape and finds shelter in the very same District 9, a place where no humans would go. He comes across an alien named Christopher and the movie then continues on the plot of Wikus and Christopher (the alien) teaming up to recover the fluid which apparently would help the aliens power up their ship and in turn Christopher would help Wikus get back to normal.

Excited about the movie? It’s worth watching for the uniqueness that it offers. Unlike traditional alien movies where there is huge animation and drama of a war on earth stuff, this movie actually shows aliens residing for 20 years on earth and it’s the aliens that fear the humans. What is even more worth seeing here is the alien-human emotional relationship that develops between Wikus and Christopher (the alien), a concept which is quite unheard of. The movie ventures into the traditional human trait of being selfish and even goes on to imagine the aliens as having the human trait of sentiments and emotions. The movie is visually appealing with the film using faux-documentary footage, news reports and security cameras combined with traditional photography to create its own kind of realism, giving the viewer the distinct feeling they are on the lam right next to Wikus. Although there is no heavy animation used, the alien characters look quite real.

Some things which I was curious and particularly confused when I watched the movie was firstly, the aliens spoke English. How did they know the human language? I can maybe stretch my imagination to say that since they are technologically way advanced than humans, they might have found some way to know our language before they decided to crash (hang up!) on earth. Another thing is why have the humans have not tried to torn apart the entire mother-ship of aliens while it has been hanging up in the space for 20 years. After all we do love to do experiments, rite!

All in all a good entertainment and a must watch. It did left me with the thought of how we humans might end up treating aliens if we ever get to interact with a weaker species out there.

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