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Review: District 9 (2009)

Humans have to learn to live with aliens, but at what cost?

A review of District 9

Set in the not-so-distant future, Peter Jackson’s District 9 explores the social repercussions of an alien spaceship hovering over Johannesburg and the subsequent human reaction and attempt to facilitate the ship’s inhabitants.

The film subtly raises important issues regarding racial segregation and its message is hard-hitting. The aliens are not immune from racial slurs, being described as ‘prawns’ by the humans of the film for their distinctive features.

Following human attempts to re-locate the aliens of District 9 to District 10, itself described as a concentration camp, the film’s documentary style makes its story even more striking.

District 9 takes the best elements of films such as The Fly (1986), Enemy Mine (1985) and Transformers (2007) and successfully creates a powerful film.

Relying solely on the story and its telling, the film shirks away from the cinematic tendency to base all alien invasion films in America while the use of a lesser known South African cast provides both colour and poignancy to the film.

Sharlto Copley’s Wikus Van De Merwe provides the film with a believable and likeable protagonist as he behaves both selfishly and desperately and it is his relationship with the prawns that is perhaps the compelling aspect in District 9.

An evocative and powerful film, District 9 is a must see.


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  • Hey Sam! I can't attach a feature picture to this post, is it something to do with my permission access on the new system? Best, Tom
  • Hey Sam, it's the new system, I'm just trying it out for my latest podcast episode with Greg Lucey and I'm trying to attach a picture - it uploads the picture and then says I don't have permission to attach it :(
  • Hi Tom, I'll look into this today. I think I already know what the issue is. It's because the media being uploaded is not associating itself to a post ID. Thank you for being my test dummy. At least this creation dialogue is working!!!
  • Hey Sam, I've tried again just now still the same issues I'm afraid :( I'd also look at the text editor I'm not sure if the texted/front is properly formatting at the moment (there's big gapes in the spacing, front size). If you want to jump around inside my draft and see what's what please do! I think I am going to use the legacy editor to upload today, but we can work  on testing and refining the new editor together :) Best, Tom

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