South African born Neill Blomkamp brings us an interesting take on the Alien/Human genre. The Peter Jackson produced "District 9" is a lower budget sci fi film that never quite feels that way. It greatly exceeded my expectations.
District 9 sets itself in Johannesburg, South Africa. An alien race nicknamed "Prawns" hovers above the city before humans decide to take matters into their own hands and invade the ship discover that the aliens are ill. They are placed in government slum-like camps, the humans will not let them leave. Multi-National United (MNU)is a private company more interested in using the aliens for warfare then for the Prawn's actual well-being. Newcomer Sharlto Copley plays Wikus, a filed operative who is supposed to help move the aliens to a new districts. Wilkus is exposed to some liquid of the Prawns, and eventually begins to mutate some similarities of theirs. MNU tries to preform tests on him, but he escapes into District 9. He strikes a deal with the Prawns, they will reverse his transformation, and he will steal fuel from MNU to assist them.
District 9 sounds cheesy on paper, but the documentary style of filming and the beginning and end of the film, the quick takes in between, and the flawless CGI, this film will go down as one of the best SciFi movies ever made in my opinion. The story is interesting, and even realistic. The story is never boring and the cast of unknowns does not disappoint. South Africa is an interesting setting for a such a story, and the filmmaker obviously had a lot of passion for his script. He makes everything look so relaxed. I hope to see his man directing again, he did an absolutely flawless job (with such a small budget).
Recommended: Yes. and not just for scifi fans. 4.5/5 stars.
Memorable Quote: "When dealing with aliens, try to be polite, but firm. And always remember that a smile is cheaper than a bullet." (Because me, and everyone else in my theater laughed hysterically at this.