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Release Date: August 14th, 2009

DVD Release Date: December 22nd, 2009

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

Production Co: WingNut Films

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Screen Gems

Keywords: Hospital, Quest, Creative, 1980s, Escape, Love interest, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • There's a wonderfully sly, farcical verve to these early moments, but it dissipates when the script, with its strains of "E.T." and "The Fly," moves into high sci-fi gear. show more

  • No true fan of science fiction -- or, for that matter, cinema -- can help but thrill to the action, high stakes and suspense built around a very original chase movie. show more

  • There is a lot of shield-your-eyes ickiness in District 9, a lot of violence and gore. What there is not a lot of, however, is humanity - even in the film's depiction of the inhumanity humans are capable of. show more

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Awards

Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Screenplay (Adapted)
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)