Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Dec 2005
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Re: Rate & Mini-Summarize the Last Movie You Saw
District 9 is an enjoyable, sci-fi action movie about aliens on planet Earth. Typically these humans vs. aliens movies are the majority through the aliens being the bad guys. However, this movie is opposite of that. Humans are the bad guys and their target are aliens. Aliens land on earth malnourished and near death. They are "rescued" by humans but eventually displaced in Johannesburg, Africa. Essentially living as prisoners, refugees (whatever you want to call it). They are held in District 9. However, strong resentment of the aliens leads the public to once again call for the aliens to go elsewhere.
The aliens are evicted by their homes by MNU agent Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley). Then Wikus is the victim of an alien fluid which transforms him into one of the aliens he realizes he must help them out as they are the only chance he has to be human.
District 9 strikes a lot of home runs for its original plot (at least at the beginning of the movie), the great acting, comedy, and ideas it presents on the screen. The movie, however, by the second half after presenting so many complex issues decides to follow the direction of so many alien movies before it turning into one giant shoot em contest with blood and guts with nothing thought provoking left. This prevents it from being film of the year but it's an awfully good entertaining movie nevertheless.