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District 9 Mini-Review

Posted on August 22, 2009 by Flames

Rocky Joe Shields dives in to District 9 for Flames Rising.

Based on the short film Alive in Joburg, District 9 is more than just a mere science fiction summer action movie. Director Neill Blomkamp has created an exciting new world; the basis for this world is an alien-landing. Called “prawns,” the aliens landed 20 years ago over the South African city of Johannesburg. In District 9, we learn what has transpired over the next 20 years through interviews filmed in a documentary style. The people of Johannesburg have had enough, and want the aliens out of their city.

The movie begins with geeky bureaucrat Wikus van der Merwe, played wonderfully by newcomer Sharlto Copley, who has been assigned the task of getting the aliens to leave for District 10. Unfortunately, when Wikus comes into contact with an alien cylinder and sprays himself with the fluid inside, his DNA mutates, then turns him into one of the alien prawns. It has been reported that there was no scripted dialogue for Copley, which makes his performance even more astounding. Also, the movie has so many underlying layers you will want to see it twice. Visually stunning on a budget of $30 million, District 9 is the next great sci fi masterpiece.

Want to learn more about District 9? Check out the movie trailer below. Be sure to visit Traileraddict.com for more trailers. Some of the snippets you’ll see are quite graphic, so be forewarned!

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