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?