Regular alien-human flick or something more? More. Backed by some good direction and fine acting by Sharlto Copley as ‘Wikus’, the movie makes for very good utilisation of the 2 hrs. The plotline must’ve leaked by now, but still: An alien ship that got stranded on earth, and its inhabitants restricted in District 9 with a beaurocratic MNU (multi-nations united) controlling them. Right from the first lines of the movie “..and the world was surprised that the alien ship chose to land not in New York or DC but on top of Johannesburg.” the movie promises to be different. There is of course, the usual amount of gore, humans being blown up and awesome-impossible armaments.. but that just adds to the enjoyment.
What I liked best about the movie was the humour with which it was directed. A lot of subtle sarcasm while describing the working of the so called MNU that attempts to make fair and legal all interactions with the aliens, the use of the racial term ‘prawns’, the human-rights cry for liberation of aliens, the scam involving illegal arms and weapon technology, and poor wikus trapped in a .. everything seems to be a pun on the current state of affairs. I would suggest not delving too deep into these hints, and enjoying the movie for what its intended. The film also had some good cinematography, with some very good scenes showing the city. Another reason I liked this movie is because I watched it with a total lack of expectations.. something this review and others may not allow you to do. Try nevertheless, and enjoy the sensitively yet lightly made District 9.