District 9

Released in 2009, District 9 is a slum area located in Johannesburg for refugees, but not the normal refugees, these are a totally different kind of illegal alien.

30 years ago, an alien race nicknamed "prawns" landed and sought refuge from their own dying planet.  Concerned over integration, the government created the Multi-National United force (MNU), not only to police them, but to also gain an insight into the aliens advanced technology.

During a relocation exercise, one of the MNU operatives, Wikus van de Merwe, becomes exposed to a canister containing a chemical that fuses with his own DNA.  His employers soon become aware of his value, when they learn that Wikus, now part alien, is the key to unlocking the aliens technology and access to their weaponry.

 

Fighting for his life, Wikus has no choice but to join forces with one of the prawns, Christopher Johnson, and his son Oliver (Little CJ), who promise they have the means to reverse his transformation, but do they have the time and can they be trusted?

District 9, some would argue this does not belong in a B-Movie category, however, from the story, the creators origins (Bad Taste, Brain Dead etc), the production and the budget, we say it does belong.  Putting a spin on a very real issue in the modern world, District 9 oozes class.  Great performances and stunning effects show what can be achieved with a relatively low budget.

A very enjoyable film, also being a pretty enjoyable B-Movie #confused

THE B CLUB RATING :  B B B 

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Vanessa Haywood

Director: Neill Blomkamp

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