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R| 1 hr. 51 min.

Plot Summary
Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth -- not to conquer or give aid, but -- to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens' welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent (Sharlto Copley) contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9.

Cast: Sharlto Copley , Jason Cope , David James , Vanessa Haywood , Mandla Gaduka , Kenneth Nkosi , Eugene Khumbanyiwa , Louis Minnaar

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Genres: Science fiction

Distributor: Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Entertainment

District 9: with Spanish Subtitles (2009)

Release Date: August 14th, 2009|1 hr. 51 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 310 )
  • This baby has the stuff to end the movie summer on a note of dazzle and distinction. show more

  • Every now and then, a film comes along that both defies and compels description. District 9 is one such movie: a science-fiction action vehicle so brilliantly and fully imagined that real life, when it resumes after the credits, arrives with a new sense of dread. show more

  • With its clever faux documentary style, this is the most imaginative science-fiction movie to come along in years. show more

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  • February 25, 2013 dm00000000134039
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    Terrible. Completely overrated. Basically said humanity is incapable of empathy unless you become what you fear. No representation of an opposing opinion, makes every human being look shallow. \"If they were from another country, we\'d understand. But they\'re from another planet, so no.\" Direct quote.

  • August 29, 2011 hh00000000100932
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    Terrible movie!

  • January 20, 2011 Dixie Bean
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    Wow! Where to start? A thinly veiled political statement: "20+ years after aparteid it just isn't working. No matter how we try they can't take care of themselves". Substitute indigenous peoples for the "Prawns" and there you have it. Another "I can't believe someone actually paid to make this" trash bin classic. Hated it.

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Total Best Picture Nominees No Longer Set at 10

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Aiden Redmond on Jun 15th, 2011 12:30PM

Well, it's about damn time. See, when the Academy Awards first aired back in 1927, there were 10 Best Picture nominees. Then in 1944, the Academy decided to lower that to five, and everyone...

How 'District 9' Should Have Ended (Video)

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Erik Davis on Mar 25th, 2011 11:50AM

Those crazy folks behind all the 'How It Should Have Ended' animated videos have returned with a funny animated short that offers up a logical alternate ending for the sci-fi flick 'District 9.'...

Cinematical Seven: Awesome Aliens to Hang Out With

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Perri Nemiroff on Mar 10th, 2011 10:00PM

Good friends are hard to come by, so when you spot one in a movie, you can't help but to dream -- even when that potential pal is not of this world. On March 18th, we're going to meet Paul...

'A-Team' Star Sharlto Copley on the 'District 9' Sequel and His World Cup Predictions

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Mike Ryan on Jun 10th, 2010 8:44PM

Watching Sharlto Copley's hilarious yet, at the same time, disturbing performance as Wikus Van De Merwe in 'District 9,' it would have been difficult to determine that one of Copley's life long...

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