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District 9 (2009)

Written By Awir Aditya on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | 5:57 AM


Genre: Documentary/Science-fiction/Action/Thriller

Starring: Sharlto Copley

There is a stark difference between making a documentary and making a movie. What happens when a hybrid of the two occurs i.e. 'a purposeful or fake documentary'? An alien mother ship enters earth and halts atop Johannesburg, South Africa. The million-odd aliens from within the spaceship are rescued and are given housing accommodation in District 9, Johannesburg. Over two decades pass, the housing soon becomes an alien slum, with the aliens feasting off trash like scavengers. Human tolerance levels fall, and people start protesting against the aliens and want them out of the city. Vikus Van De Merwe (Copley) is an officer working at MNU, an arms manufacturing company. His company has been contracted with the assignment of forcibly evicting the aliens to a new a location and Vikus is the field operator in-charge. During his eviction spree, he gets exposed to alien fluid which slowly starts altering his bodies genetics and transforms him into an alien. He suddenly becomes the most sough-after individual on the planet, since alien weaponry can only be used by someone who has the aliens DNA. He befriends an alien, Cristopher Johnson and has a deal with him. The alien will make him human again, only if he can get hold of the fluid, currently in MNU labs and escape from earth. The movie wonderfully creates an almost real-life visual, with in-between interviews with alien specialist. One actually comes close to believing that the incident did actually take place, but was kept closely under wraps. It gives a whole documentary feel to it, but keeps switching to 'movie mode' every now and then. Almost anyone would today scoff at the idea of 'alien rights', but the movie makes you realise that if such a day would arrive for human beings, what sort of an ugly scenario might befall us. Although the movie moves very slow, it is still a very interesting watch, simply because it is very different from conventional movie making concepts.

Thumbs Up: Combo of documentary and movie
Thumbs Down: A bit slow, gory scenes

Rating: 7.4/10
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