District 9

Rated R 111 minutes 2009

Sci-fi? In South Africa? A gigantic mother ship from outer space anchors in the air above Johannesburg for twenty years, during which time the powerful, seven-foot, shrimp-faced aliens, aka “prawns,” come down to earth and inhabit Soweto. Don’t worry — director and co-screenwriter (with Terri Tatchell) Neill Blomkamp doesn’t belabor the race-relations allegorical booshwah unnecessarily. He’s more concerned with the rebellious creatures, who trade weapons with gangsters and make life interesting for Wikus van de Merwe (well played by actor Sharlto Copley), a corporate bureaucrat assigned to evict the prawns from the shanty township. Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson reportedly sent the film out as a viral video to drum up publicity, but it stands alone just fine on its action sequences and the comic timing of Copley (112 min.).

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Official Site: www.d-9.com

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Producer: Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham, Ken Kamins and Bill Block

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Vanessa Haywood, Mandla Gaduka, Kenneth Nkosi, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Louis Minnaar, William Allen Young, Marian Hooman, Vittorio Leonardi, Tim Gordon, John Sumner and Nick Blake

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