ByNicholas Hassan, writer at
I am a huge anime and video game fanatic that also loves going to the movies. I am also an aspiring film director and writer.
Nicholas Hassan

It all started here.

Rewind back to 2009, the year where the fall movies were rampant with critical acclaim. What were they? True stories. Documented facts. Reality. And what did sci-fi have in store? Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. Yeah.

Now, think on this a little, what if the two were combined? A documentary-styled sci-fi action thriller. Sounds inventive and creative, right? Well, Neill Blomkamp's District 9 is just that.

In an unknown year, aliens have arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa. However, they don't attack. Instead, we let them in. They were then given free reign in a specific, run-down environment called District 9, where they can populate and live daily human lives. An enormous business tycoon called the MNU, however, wants to know a little bit more about the aliens in question, and, after an incident involving an alien gadget spewing the alien DNA into the face of Wikus (Sharlto Copley) which slowly turns him into one of the aliens, they just might get their answers.

The acting from the film's relatively unknown cast at the time is top-knotch. Copley is excellent as a no-nonsense, caring Wikus, who will do absolutely anything to get a great story for MNU. The supporting cast as well is just as good as he is, which is all carried on the back of magnificent special effects, cinematography, Clinton Shorter's excellently done score, and believable characters.

I wouldn't be lying if I said that this is the film, along with the Star Wars films, that eased me into science fiction and fantasy because, at the time, I was a nine-year-old kid that loved comedies. Granted, I didn't see this until sometime after 2010 but when I did, I dedicated my life to film.

District 9 is easily, without question, one of my favorite films of all time.


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