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  • Summary: Over twenty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them.
    Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when a human field operative, Wikus van der Merwe, contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9. (Sony Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 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.
  2. Madly original, cheekily political, altogether exciting District 9.
  3. 91
    This is a delicious premise, and Blomkamp, who first played with it in a 2005 short called "Alive in Joburg," has magnified and improved it with ferocious energy, wit and style.
  4. South African director Neill Blomkamp set and shot the film around his native Johannesburg, so parallels to apartheid leap to mind. Yet the script he wrote with Terri Tatchell applies to any culture that bluntly excludes another.
  5. A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping.
  6. Some movies pack such a terrific central idea, even their flaws can’t stop the train. District 9 is one of them.
  7. 50
    Unfortunately, as in many such big-screen comic books, the backstory beats the hell out of the present-tense plot.

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Score distribution:
  1. ScottR
    Aug 24, 2009
    10
    I'm hoping that as this film gets a wider release the ratings provided by critics who prioritise the accuracy of a film's allegorical social commentary over it's entertainment value, will be reduced to insignificance, and District 9 will receive the MetaCritic score it deserves. Expand
  2. DerekS
    Jan 17, 2010
    10
    I'm sorry, but anyone who thought that District 9 was a bad movie needs immediate medical attention as they've undoubtedly suffered a concussion or some other form of head injury. Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2011
    10
    Next Peter Jackson's movie and next amazing movie!
    This movie is other than all Action, Sci-Fi movies. It holds in tension and tells
    excellent story. Story is the best in this movie but all is really great. This is ones of my favorites movies and i advice District 9 every Sci-Fi fans. Expand
  4. StuartW.
    Jan 12, 2010
    9
    I heard so many good things about this film and after watching the trailer and seeing that Peter Jackson was connected with it i expected a good film. So many times I've been disappointed. I have to say this is a classic! I have no doubt that as well as films like bladerunner and aliens this will go down in time as a film that is regarded as a cult hit. Expand
  5. JoeyK.
    Aug 17, 2009
    8
    A fantastic film that is a whole lot of fun, but I don't think it was without flaws. While I found the majority of the film brilliant and exciting, I felt that the most interesting stuff came from the backstory. I would have enjoyed seeing more of that and less of the main human character. I enjoyed following him far less that I think I should have and found him to be despicable, only capable of becoming compassionate at the grimest of moments. Even then, I felt him completely selfish and motivated by his own desires. And his story of transformation was also less than desirable. But just about everything else in the film was fantastic. The aliens are great, both in look and in personality and dimension. The action is great and a whole lot of fun, worth the ticket price alone. And the whole set up and world created here is brilliant. While there is much to be desired, the film creates an emotional ride that is both exciting and interesting. Expand
  6. Hilary
    Aug 25, 2009
    6
    I felt no sympathy for Wikas at any time during this movie. He was a wimpy bully who only cared about himself. The idiot infected himself and then made the aliens pay for his mistake. The only people I cared about in the movie were the main alien and his son. And I agree with the person who said the woman playing the wife was a bad actress. She couldn't even make her eyes look wet when she was "crying". I never felt like leaving the theater but I was disappointed. Expand
  7. JoeAl
    Aug 23, 2009
    0
    Worst Sci-Fi movie I have ever seen!! First time ever I walked out of a movie... From alien rights to alien relocation... Damn liberals ruined what could have been a good thing. Expand

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