The story is this: Decades ago a space ship appeared above Earth, coming to a standstill above Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing anxious with the lack of contact, humans decided after months of waiting to take the first step, cutting into the ship to gain access. What they found were millions of malnourished aliens (or “prawns”). Unable to leave the planet, it was decided that in order to “help” the prawns, they would be placed in a sort of shantytown, watched closely over by the militant eye.
Neil Blomkamp’s feature debut is another breath of fresh air to the sci-fi fans out there featuring a thought provoking story, interesting characters, and amazing special effects all adding up to one of the best films of the year.
Wilkus Van De Merwe is an official for MNU’s human and alien relations team and he is the focus of a documentary following the MNU’s inaction of a new plan to clear District 9 of all its residents. The thing is District 9 is a shanty town slum inhabited by aliens left over from a mysteriously stalled alien mother ship looming above Johannesburg. The MNU is relocating the aliens to District 10, two hundred kilometers outside Joburg due to increasing hostilities from the locals of the city who have had enough with their visitors and are getting more and more vocal in their protests. The documentary focuses on interviews with a number of people in and around Joburg and even more so focused on people in Van De Merwe’s life. Everyone seems to have an opinion on something he has apparently done. Some interviewees praising him, some calling him a traitor, leading us to wonder what exactly happened in District 9. [Read more...]