District 9

Heard about it before but couldn’t care less to find out more about it until yesterday, during my screening analysis exam, I get to watch it for the first time. Throughout the one hour plus movie screening, I have to cover my mouth. I have to restraint myself from screaming, yelling and cursing in the class as I might end up as a laughing stock or they might be traumatized by my actions or words. I kid you not.

District 9 is presented in a mockumentary format directed by a first timer director, Neil Blomkamp (during the release of the movie). In the movie, Wikus (Sharlto Copley) who worked in MNU Department of Alien Affairs was assigned to lead the relocation mission of the aliens at District 9. The aliens or also known as the prawns by the local were confined in a government camp known as District 9. The prawns were discovered malnourished in their spaceship after three months came to Earth, hovering above Johannesburg, South Africa.

During the relocation mission, Wikus discovered a small mysterious canister and accidentally sprayed it onto his face during a shack raid. He then falls ill and his body gradually turns into a prawn. The MNU later captured him; turn him into a ‘lab rat’ where he was forces to test various alien weapons that only work when used by a prawn. Wikus managed to escape when the MNU scientist decided to ‘use’ his organs for biotechnology reasons where he then find refuge at District 9 and befriended with Christopher the prawn.

Christopher reveals to Wikus that the canister can reactivate the mother ship and he can fix his mutation so they broke into MNU labs and successfully retrieve the canister. The MNU forces a pursuit against them and despite the fact that Wikus’s mutation can only be fixed three years after the departure of the mother ship, Wikus assisted and ensure Christopher and his son reached the mother ship safely.

The movie ends by showing Wikus whom by now has fully transformed into a prawn at a scrap yard.

It was a sad ending, I cried in silence and I look forward for part two if there’s any in the future. I also get to know the movie was quite a controversial one. It was ban in Nigeria as they were badly offended by it. It was said the movie was being xenophobic. Despite the controversy, the movie was a box office success; making a revenue of seven times of its 30 million budget.

So to have a thorough film anaylsis, I have to watch the movie over and over again.

Have you watched District 9?
How do you find it?

4 Comments

  1. maynard

    11 September, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    An incredible movie. I watched it in the cinema and i liked how they potrayed the aliens as the victims, although i heard it was a metaphor for the apartheid. For once the ugly aliens are the victimized.

    The main character is brilliant in that he managed to be so repulsive in the beginning but grew to be admirable as he braved the odds.

  2. LadyBird Eileen®

    12 September, 2011 at 8:39 am

    yes me too liked how the aliens are potrayed as the victims, boring juak nanga manusia jak2 orang bait kan lol..well in any movies, there’s always a metaphor behind it. it is up to the director creativity and yes in District 9, apartheid era was shown as in the ‘prawn shacks’..

    to me, its one of the best sci-fiction thriller movie, nominated for Best Pictures, Best Editting, Best Adapted Screenplay & Best Visual Effects in 2010 Academy Awards is a huge success for a production team. i wish they come out with the part two, wonder what will happen to Wikus?

  3. maynard

    14 September, 2011 at 12:05 am

    sometimes to me a good ending is when you leave things hanging. It gives a sort of realistic and awareness of how things aren’t permanent, always changing. Or we can imagine the ending to be good, and make ourselves feel good, kan? Haha rambling in the middle of the night

  4. LadyBird Eileen®

    14 September, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Maynard – i agree with that, perhaps that’s why it made me expecting a second part of the movie. 🙂

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