By now you may have heard a rumbling about a rather small film called District 9. If you haven’t seen the movie as of yet, you probably don’t know much about its plot, or even who is in it, but you’ve probably heard something good about it from other critics. But here’s the real secret- the reason why everyone keeps raving about District 9 is because they knew nothing about it going in and it was the fun of being surprised that won them over. And if you’re even remotely interested in seeing this film after this review, you’ll do yourself the favor of reading or hearing as little as possible about it before the lights go down.
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District 9 is a peculiar beast. It’s a tale where the impact of first contact with an alien race is about our effect on them, rather than [usual] other way around. While it could have been an effective film were it made anywhere else, it would not achieve the resonance it gains from being set in [and above] Johannesburg, South Africa.
It’s been twenty years since the alien mothership glided to a halt above the city and its crew and passengers were taken from it and placed in District 9. The intervening years have not been kind to them and now the giant conglomerate, MNU, is about to move them from their district – which is in effect a ghetto – to District 10, which is more of a concentration camp.
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