District 9

Wingnut Films Released 2009




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Movie Summary

Neill Blomkamp

District 9 follows bureaucrat Wikus who is put in charge of sweeping and clearing 'District 9' of the insectile extraterrestrial infestation that developed on its South African soil, when a massive alien ship crashed there years before. The intelligent beings that have swarmed the region, colloquially and derisively called 'Prawns,' are to be moved to another camp called District 10 and are not happy about it ' all they want is to repair their ship and get back home. At first unsympathetic to their cause, he gets sympathetic real fast when he is infected by alien spore and begins mutating into one of their number. From then on, it's a race for him to seek a cure from his very enemies the Prawns and aid them in getting what they want so he can get what he wants and restore his humanity.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times

    District 9 is very smart sci-fi, but that's just the beginning; it's also a scathing social satire hidden inside a terrific action thriller teeming with gross aliens and regrettabl...

  • 90

    Variety Justin Chang

    Though compelling throughout, District 9 never becomes outright terrifying, largely because Blomkamp is less interested in exploiting his aliens for cheap scares than in holding up...

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    In the best B-movie tradition, the filmmakers embed their ideas in an ingenious, propulsive and suspenseful genre entertainment, one that respects your intelligence even as it make...

Sharlto Copley

Sharlto Copley

Wikus Van De Merwe

Jason Cope

Jason Cope

Grey Bradnam - UKNR Chief Correspondent / Christopher Johnson

Nathalie Boltt

Nathalie Boltt

Sarah Livingstone - Sociologist

Sylvaine Strike

Sylvaine Strike

Dr. Katrina McKenzie

Elizabeth Mkandawie

Elizabeth Mkandawie


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Production budget - $30,000,000
      Domestic gross - $115,646,235 (27th)
      Worldwide gross - $210,819,611 (30th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $125,823,104
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $229,371,737

    • Other production companies:
      TriStar Pictures
      Block / Hanson
      Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
      Key Creatives
      New Zealand Post Digital and Visual Effects Grant
      Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit
      QED International
      The Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa
      Sony Picture releasing (distributor)

    • Taglines:
      1. MNU spreads lies.
      2. No humans allowed.
      3. You are not welcome here.
      4. For humans only. Non-humans banned!
      5. Support non-human rights. Everyone deserves equality.
      6. They came here 28 years ago. Coexistence has never been easy. Why won't we let them leave?

    • Music:
      Zingu 7
      Performed by Zola
      Written by Zola, Kabelo Ikaneng and Thabiso Tsotetsi
      Performed by Pro
      Written by Linda Mkhize, Kamohelo Bako, Kiernan Forbes and Ntokozo Mazibuko
      Performed by Zola
      Written by Zola, Kabelo Ikaneng and Thabiso Tsotetsi
      Performed by Molemi
      Written by Motlapele Morule
      Hijack Stories
      Performed by Zulu Mobb
      Written by Rahman Du Plessis, Thato Mahlatsi and Desmond Mbuyiseni
      Die Leeuws (The Lions)
      Performed by Jon & Drikson
      Written by Gerhardus Bouchere and Hendrik Bezuidenhout

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Picture
      2. Adapted Screenplay
      3. Editing
      4. Visual Effects

      Saturn Awards Wins:
      1. Best International Film

      Saturn Awards Nominations:
      1. Best DVD Special Edition
      2. Director - Neill Blomkamp  (won by James Cameron for Avatar)
      3. Make-Up
      4. Production Design
      5. Special Effects
      6. Writing

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Cinematography
      2. Editing
      3. Production Design
      4. Adapted Screenplay
      5. Sound
      6. Visual Effects

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Screenplay


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