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District 9 (2d-2009)

Director(s): Neill Blomkamp

Theatrical Release: 2009

Cast: Sharlto Copley, David James, Vanessa Haywood, Mandla Gaduka, Kenneth Nkosi, Eugene Khumbanyiwa

Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Action, politics, Drama, psychological

Countries: USA, New Zealand


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Running Time: 112m.

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. (allmovie.com)

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2-DVD Edition Special Features:

! Deleted Scenes

! Director's Commentary

! The Alien Agenda - filmmaker's log-three-part documentary

! Metamorphosis - the transformation of wikus

! Innovation - acting and improvisation

! Conception and Design - creating the world of District 9

! Alien Generation - visual effects
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