Science fiction has a long history of dealing with real world issues. Some of the best sci-fi (Star Trek, Babylon 5, Fahrenheit 451) tell stories that have real meaning behind them. District 9 is definitely one of those stories.
The movie takes place in a near future where a giant space ship has been parked above Johannesburg, South Africa for 20 years. No one knows where the ship came from. It’s inhabitants are the equivalent of worker bees that have lost their way and ended up on Earth. They live in a government run shanty town on the outskirts of Johannesburg called District 9.
As the movie begins we are introduced to Wicker (Sharlto Copley). He’s a pencil-pusher who’s been promoted to field work. His first assignment? Evicting about 30,000 “prawns” (it’s what the non-humans look like) from the shanty town they call home after having no place else on Earth that’ll take them. They are to be “resettled” in a new, smaller camp called District 10. Of course, things don’t go according to plan and what follows is one of the most thought provoking movies I’ve seen in a while.
What I really liked about this film is that it doesn’t tell a typical story. What we think’s going to happen definitely doesn’t. It’s the kind of movie that makes you root for who you’re not supposed to be rooting for. Which I always love. Except this time the underdogs are a race of 7 foot tall aliens that look like calamari and love cat food.
The special effects in it really stand out. The detail on the aliens is incredible. The action is top-notch. It’s a Summer blockbuster with heart.
The movie’s rated R and it’s a hard R because of the violence and language. I mention it because the trailers and commercials don’t really show any of that.
Definitely worth watching. One of the best movies this year. 4 Pitchforks.