This film begins 28 years after an enormous alien mothership approached Earth, eventually settling over Johannesburg, South Africa. Over time, humans went inside and discovered aliens, or what they called “prawns” living there. As a result, a corporation called Multi National United (MNU) set up a relief camp called “District 9” for the prawns to live in, but after some time the camp turned into a slum as the aliens completely wreck the place. The film picks up with a relocation effort for the prawns by MNU to move the prawns to a bigger and better camp far away. One of the teams ordered to relocate the aliens is led by Wikus Van De Merwe (Copley), an MNU worker. However, while working in District 9, Wiskus is sprayed with a substance that begins to slowly turn him into an alien. What this film does best is build Wikus’, and of course the audience’s, sympathy for the prawn aliens. At first, the film portrays them as being an uncivilized race, destroying everything and not listening to instructions and rules, but this changes as the movie goes on, creating a very emotional core for the film’s climax. Speaking of the climax, the movie’s grand finale features some of the best action in the whole film. The special effects, all done with a relatively small budget, look really good, especially the designs and colors of the alien weapons used. This movie’s action scenes are wonderfully intense and can keep any person on the edge of their seat. Another positive aspect of District 9 was Wikus, who goes through many changes overtime, since he doesn’t know where to fully put his allegience and is ripped away from his comfortable life. For that reason alone, his character arc is interesting and compelling to watch. Another great character was Christopher Johnson, a Prawn that Wikus meets and soon becomes friends with. Christopher is a CGI created character and doesn’t speak any language, however, his communications and the animations of his facial expressions perfectly describe his very real emotions. But, this movie still has it downsides. What I’m talking about here is the cliches, like for example the mercs are all white and bald-headed, and the faceless evil government organization. Also, dialogue like “I just don’t know who to believe in”. Other than that, this was a very solid film.
Here is my rating system. After reviewing every movie, I will rate the movie out of 5★ and out of 100 to let you know what I think of the movie.
5★(95-100): It’s an absolutely great movie that I would recommend to everyone, and definitely one worth watching.
4★(80-94): It’s a good movie that I would still recommend, but it’s just not exactly at the very top.
3★(70-79): It’s a movie that’s better than average, but still has its ups and downs.
2★(51-69): This movie is definitely under average. This movie is hard to enjoy and the director of this movie probably wasn’t even trying to make a good movie.
1★(50 and below): This movie is just complete utter bullshit, so much so that it makes me angry that I even watched it. The director of this movie was just drunk. This is the type of movie that will make you question your ability to pick a good movie. Instead of buying these types of movies, just donate your money to charity and you will be better off anyway.
My rating for District 9 is 4★ and 83.
District 9 is a very solid alien movie that has a good plot, great CGI performances and special effects, and even better characters. Recommended to an alien movie fans.
*I am new to movie reviewing, and I hope you enjoyed this review. I am open to all constructive criticism, so please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!*