District 9 is a South African movie, one that tells the story about about aliens landing in down town, Johannesburg in South Africa. (READ A SYNOPSIS BELOW). It has been scoring rave reviews from movie critics around the globe and is officially the number 1 film in the USA at the moment. The film was directed by South African born Neill Blomkamp and was produced by Peter Jackson, famous for his work in the Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Interesting note, this is the second South African born director to have a number 1 at the box office this year. Earlier, Oscar winner Gavin Hood‘s film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine opened at number 1. Represent!
How cool is this, the film opened at $37million, beating G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra which only scooped $22.5million. Not surprisingly, the audience was predominantly male, 64% according to The LA Times and 57% of those were over 25.
Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth.
Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them.
Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare – they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.
The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: