Sunday, September 6, 2009

Film Review: District 9

‘District 9’ starts off twenty-eight years in the past, when an UFO breaks down over Johannesburg. The aliens that are on board the UFO settle in the city, specifically in District 9, a slum on the outskirts. Over the twenty-eight year period, the aliens are treated as lesser citizens, dubbed ‘prawns’ due to their physical appearance.

Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) heads up the operation to clear the aliens from the slum in District 9 to a new facility called District 10, which isn’t more than a concentration camp. However, when Wikus spills an alien substance on himself, things start happening…

The parallels with the apartheid regime are clear, with the aliens not given the same rights as the humans. However, the film veers off this and instead focuses on Wikus, which is a bit of a shame. But this film is extremely enjoyable, so I would advise you to go and see it.

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