District 9 Movie Review

District 9

District 9 a great film.    Image copyright Wingnut films. 2010.
District 9 a great film. Image copyright Wingnut films. 2010.

District 9 - Better Than I Thought!

When I saw a few trailers of District 9 a few months before it was released, I thought this films was going to be average and that for a relatively low budget film, it was going to be good, but just a cult classic film that would just fly past, well what followed recently when I actually watched the movie was a great roller coaster ride of a film and I enjoyed every part of it, as the story unfolded from the beginning, I thought god I hope they don't keep using this news format all the way through the film and thankfully they didn't, it just added to the story by delivering the main story sort of after the fact when all of the events take place in the film.

The story is about an alien spaceship that becomes stranded on earth in South Africa and a few million aliens are given a place to stay in their own part of town, sort of like alien refugees and they start to live as a separate community for the next 20 years trying to fit in with the humans, but they don't that well with local criminals controlling most of everything and the local government only interested in getting their weapons to work as only the aliens can make them work because they are biologically engineered only to work with alien DNA.

And so when our main charcter comes into contact with this black substance which turns out to be some kind of spaceship fuel so that they can get their massive mothership operational and the cylinder of black stuff sprays in his face, slowly turning him into one the aliens which are called prawns, because they look like prawns, you soon find out that the aliens just want to go home, but they are trapped because of their ship.

I liked how the film makers made you feel sorry for the aliens and then you felt like all the humans should die, because of the way they treat them and some do die in brilliantly gory fashion with exploding heads and bodies with some of the powerful alien weaponry, District 9 was one of them films that I thought I wouldn't like that much, but it jut snowballed into a really enjoyable film as there are lots of things for everybody here, there's a love story at the heart of the story, there's aliens that are neither bad nor good, just really neutral, instead of the alien invasion type scenario it's more like an intergalactic refugee camp and there's guns for the military types.

All in all I liked this film very much and you could see the main character developing through the film, as he started out as a follower, someone who just fitted in with all the other humans, but by the end of it he turned into a real hero killing all of the bad guys which are the humans.

Disrict 9 is for fans of the science fiction genre although it may not be for everyone, it's worth checking out!

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© 2010 Wayne Tully

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District 9 Movie Review 10 comments

ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

I wonder, if someone spilled gasoline on the alein would he turn into an earthling? Other than that I thought the film was excellent. I am expecting a sequel in 3 yrs when the alien returns. The man turning from a silly bureucrat to a more human person while becoming an alien was real genious.


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Yep it was a good film for sure!


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

I will be checking it out since I'm a sci-fi fan...


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Yes there was exploding soldiers aplenty in this one and they exploded well I thought hahaha!


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Sarah Horth 6 years ago from Seattle

Great splatter shots too - I didn't expect to laugh so much. And it had a racism subtext - fantastic!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Sarah and Ethel!

Twas a great film and with some black comedy too, I liked the bit where the main character was a bout to cut his birthday cake but because he was infected by the alien stuff, he had a slow motion voice that just said "Cut some cake! and that just had me in stitches.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Good review but not for me


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Sarah Horth 6 years ago from Seattle

My fav film for 2009 :) I didn't expect it to be so amusing!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

I liked it alot. great film!


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robertsloan2 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

This one sounds great!

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