In District 9, a sci-fi drama produced by Peter Jackson, South African director Neill Blomkamp expands and revisits one of his short films, Alive in Joburg.
The movie begins in an authentic documentary style, explaining how in 1982 a huge alien mothership, experiencing a fuel leakage, stopped over Johannesburg in South Africa. They have no harmful intent, do not want to destroy us, they are just desperate, undernourished and seeking help. Humans were able to contain the "invasion", confining the extraterrestrial creatures in an area of South Africa renamed District 9 and established zero tolerance towards them. Filmed in mockumentary style, the movie follows the efforts of an MNU employee as he initiates the resettle of the aliens, called Prawns, to a new site, District 10.
Plot summary from IMDb: In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends.
Awards: Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 84 nominations.
Runtime: 112 min
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