District 9


District 9

Critics Consensus

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



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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 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. But MNU is less interested in the aliens' welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research. Unfortunately, the highly advanced weaponry requires alien DNA in order to be activated. When MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to biotechnology that causes his DNA to mutate, the tensions between the aliens and the humans intensifies. Wikus is the key to unlocking the alien's technology, and he quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet. Ostracized and isolated, Wikus retreats to District 9 in a desperate bid to shake his dogged pursuers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Sharlto Copley
as Wikus Van de Merwe
David James
as Koobus Venter
Vanessa Haywood
as Tania Van de Merwe
Mandla Gaduka
as Fundiswa Mhlanga
Louis Minnaar
as Piet Smit
William Allen Young
as Dirk Michaels
Nathalie Boltt
as Sarah Livingstone - Sociologist
Sylvaine Strike
as Dr. Katrina McKenzie
John Sumner
as Les Feldman - MIL Engineer
Greg Melvill-Smith
as Interviewer
Nick Blake
as Francois Moraneu - CIV Engineer Team
Jed Brophy
as James Hope - Police Officer
Marian Hooman
as Sandra Van de Merwe
Vittorio Leonardi
as Michael Bloemstein - MNU Alien Civil Affairs
Johan van Schoor
as Nicolas Van de Merwe
Stella Steenkamp
as Phyllis Sinderson - MNU Alien Relations
Tim Irwin Gordon
as Clive Henderson - Entomologist
Morne Erasmus
as MNU Medic
Anthony Bishop
as Paramedic
David Clatworthy
as MNU Doctor
Mike Huff
as MNU Doctor
Jonathan Taylor
as MNU Doctor
Jason Cope
as Christopher Johnson, Grey Bradnam - UKNR Chief Correspondent/Christopher Johnson
Anthony Fridjhon
as MNU Executive
Siyabonga Radebe
as Obesandjo's Lieutenant
Melt Sieberhagen
as Anton Grobler
Andre Odendaal
as Mike Van Kerland
John Ellis
as MNU Medical Scientist
Louise Saint Claire
as MNU Medical Scientist
Alan Glauber
as MNU Operating Room Doctor
Nicolas Herbstein
as MNU Biolab Technician
Norman Antsey
as MNU Lead Medical Technician
Nick Boraine
as Craig Weldon
Norman Anstey
as MNU Lead Medical Technician
Robert Hobbs (II)
as Ross Pienaar
Mahendra Raghunath
as SABC Anchor Person
Sibulele Gcilitshana
as U Günters Woman
Phillip Mathebula
as Meat Stall Seller
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Critic Reviews for District 9

All Critics (309) | Top Critics (53)

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

    Jun 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 25, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    Top Critic
  • District 9 has too many gory vaporizations to qualify as a serious statement on race relations, but it does outclank Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen by a wide margin, and you thrill to the cleanly cut action sequences.

    Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What the sci-fi action flick District 9 lacks in famous faces it makes up for with sheer imagination.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • You don't feel bamboozled, fooled, or patronized by District 9, as you did by most of the summer blockbusters. You feel winded, shaken, and shamed.

    Sep 7, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps we're witnessing a new dawn for politically engaged sci-fi and horror, with Blomkamp as a latter-day George Romero. Either way, this is a stunningly impressive debut.

    Sep 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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