District 9

Layout 1 prawnDistrict 9 is a 2009 South African independent science fiction action/thriller directed by Neill Blomkamp.  It is about a huge alien spacecraft that comes to Earth in 1982, and stays hovered directly over Johannesburg, South Africa.  The aliens in the spacecraft are malnourished and sick, and the South African government hires a private military company called Mulitnational United to take out all of the aliens and throw them into districts.  The districts are basically shanty towns composed of wood and metal shelters and junk piles.  The aliens, or “prawns” called by the humans, are forced to live off of low quality food, including cat food, for survival.  The movie was inspired by the events in District 6 in Cape Town, South Africa during the Apartheid era in South Africa, which was a period of time from 1948 to 1994 in which a system of racial segregation was enforced by the National Party governments of South Africa.  The movie is very emotional, and made me have sympathy for the “prawns”, who were forced to live in horrible conditions and were prevented from going back to their home planet.  District 9 strongly presents themes that show the awfulness of racism and segregation, and how similar events have taken place throughout our future and still take place today.  The movie really made me feel sympathy for the aliens that were being persecuted, and its emotional plot shows how awful segregation and racism is.  The movie switches from a traditional action/thriller style of filming to mock documentary style filming.


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