District 9 (2009, Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope)

Poster for the movie ""
R 112 min - Science Fiction - 5 August 2009
Our rating:

Neill Blomkamp's debut feature is a thoughtful sci-fi thriller about aliens stranded on Earth, which tells a social parable that couldn't be more apposite to its South African setting. Back in the early 1980s a spaceship grinds to a halt above Johannesburg. On investigation, the colossal craft is found to house insect-like bipeds, all in a very bad shape. The occupants are eventually allowed to land on the planet, but confined to the shabby District 9 suburb.

Now, around 20 years later, the entire population of 'prawns', as the aliens have offensively been labelled, are to be moved to a distant detention camp, with Afrikaner bureaucrat Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley) placed in charge of their relocation. But when van de Merwe has a grim accident, he's given a radically different perspective on the affair, and little choice but to team up with the extra-terrestrials.

With elements of horror and action-thriller mixed into the allegorical whole, the Oscar- and Bafta-nominated fantasy, produced by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, The Lovely Bones), uses top-notch CGI to create a believable setting and to move the pace along nicely.

Director:  Neill Blomkamp
Producer:  Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham
Director of Photography:  Trent Opaloch


Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $30,000,000
Revenue:  $210,819,611