A government agency is in the middle of relocating the second-class citizens of an alien interment camp when one of its leading commissioners becomes contaminated with the alien DNA, causing instant mutations and widespread panic. Wikus must now seek refuge amongst the aliens he once suppressed if he plans to find a cure. With the military closing in around him, he and an unlikely ally must seek out a rare fuel source in order to restore power to the alien mother ship in the hopes of restoring his humanity and freeing the alien captives.
DISTRICT 9 is an epic SciFi Action adventure film with mind-blowing visuals and a unique story that sets it apart from every other entry in the genre. The computerized effects are indistinguishable from the live-action shots, integrating the animated characters seamlessly alongside the human actors. Neill Blomkamp's break-through film introduces some of the most imaginative weapons, vehicles, and creatures in the recent era of SciFi cinema, creating a fully realized fantasy world on screen. His script also includes a sharp wit and a surprising amount of gore for a film of its type. Sharlto Copley starts off as a pompous and unlikeable government enforcer, but he wins over the audience's trust and sympathies as he learns the errors of his ways and transforms into the selfless hero. The high-powered action sequences never take away from the humanitarian (alienitarian?) plot as many have suggested, but rather emphasize the frightening use of force that world leaders use to control and suppress marginalized groups within a society. DISTRICT 9 is one of the strongest and most original Science Fiction films to hit audiences in the last decade, and it is as much of a visual spectacle as it is an engaging and thoughtful socio-political commentary.
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