District 9 (2009)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Technically brilliant and emotionally wrenching, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic.


Movie Info

Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 … More

Rating: R (for bloody violence and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 22, 2009
Box Office: $115.6M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures/Screen Gems - Official Site

Cast


as Wikus Van de Merwe

as Koobus Venter

as Tania Van de Merwe

as Fundiswa Mhlanga

as Thomas

as Piet Smit

as Dirk Michaels

as Sarah Livingstone - ...

as Dr. Katrina McKenzie

as Les Feldman - MIL En...

as Interviewer

as Francois Moraneu - C...

as James Hope - Police ...

as Sandra Van de Merwe

as Michael Bloemstein -...

as Nicolas Van de Merwe

as Phyllis Sinderson - ...

as Clive Henderson - En...

as MNU Medic

as Paramedic

as MNU Doctor

as MNU Doctor

as MNU Doctor

as Christopher Johnson,...

as MNU Executive

as Obesandjo's Lieutena...

as Anton Grobler

as Mike Van Kerland

as MNU Medical Scientis...

as MNU Medical Scientis...

as MNU Operating Room D...

as MNU Biolab Technicia...

as MNU Lead Medical Tec...

as MNU Lead Medical Tec...

as Craig Weldon

as Ross Pienaar

as SABC Anchor Person

as U Günters Woman

as Meat Stall Seller
Show More Cast

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

Login

Critic Reviews for District 9

All Critics (291) | Top Critics (47)

The wonder is that despite its obvious roots, District 9 feels staggeringly original.

Full Review… | June 17, 2015
NPR
Top Critic

It's a brashly confident debut, full of sharp, inventive detail (the prawns are crazy for cat food) and rooted in a couple of Big Ideas. Well worth the time, if not all of it.

Full Review… | August 25, 2014
CNN.com
Top Critic

Blomkamp is good at mustering speedy action and posting grisly sight gags in the background, carnage always hovering comically at the edge of your vision. But I'm not sure that District 9 entirely gets the earthling racism out of its own system.

Full Review… | June 17, 2015
Independent on Sunday

District 9 is almost wholly unique this year in combining fantastic action with thoughtful, narrative filmmaking.

Full Review… | June 17, 2015

One of the most original, breathtaking and downright electrifying movie experiences of 2009.

Full Review… | June 17, 2015
Herald Sun (Australia)

A gritty science-fiction film that features a population of humanoid crustacean-alien creatures [that] is far more grounded in reality than any of the current rom-coms currently unspooling in your neighbourhood multiplex.

Full Review… | June 17, 2015
Winnipeg Free Press

Audience Reviews for District 9

A gory sci fi smorgasbord with an amazing message.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

When a malfunctioning alien spaceship strands over a million of its inhabitants on Earth, they find an unlikely champion in the shape of a previously self serving weapons manufacturer exec who starts to metamorphose into one of them after exposure to an unknown chemical. District 9's plot takes a lot of cues from cult 80s sci-fi, most obviously the racism allegory of Alien Nation and the genetic mutation premise from Cronenberg's The Fly. However, unlike something like Doomsday which simply ripped off old films with no wit or subtlety, this film actually develops upon its ideas. The production design is fantastic and the action sequences extremely well done, particularly the brilliantly handled climactic battle and the film has a great deal of momentum that meant I enjoyed it more and more as it went on. But easily the strongest aspect of the film is Sharlto Copley's central performance who is quite brilliant as the selfish corporate bastard who unwillingly finds a cause to fight for. It would have been nice to learn more about what happened to the ship and the aliens in the first place and why these obviously technologically advanced creatures had degenerated into a bunch of filthy, scavenging animals but as a whole it is a hugely enjoyable piece of action sci-fi with an intelligent twist.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Besides the clichés, plot holes and the incoherent use of the camera, any allusion to Apartheid seems dishonest, since it is hard to believe that anyone could ever be tolerant if an alien spacecraft arrived on Earth carrying over a million of those repulsive giant lobsters uninvited.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

District 9 Quotes

– Submitted by Cameron D (19 months ago)
– Submitted by Prattay S (19 months ago)
– Submitted by Nick S (23 months ago)
– Submitted by Cameron D (23 months ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss District 9 on our Movie forum!