District 9
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"This is a great movie."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"If the basic idea is provocative, District 9 never lives up to the promise of its allegorical freight."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"Every once in a great while -- perhaps only a handful of times each decade -- that rare film comes completely out of left field to let us know that there are still some original ideas out there, and that cinema can still be fresh and exciting."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Smart, funny, touching, thought-provoking and utterly insane in the action department, District 9 is 2009's most entertaining movie by a light year."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"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."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"What an achievement in filmmaking."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"District 9's skid into rote convention is matched by a retreat from the documentary conceit that so expertly delivered us into this strange world in the first place."
‑ Chris Stamm, Willamette Week
"Ghee whiz, how abusive can you get with a movie camera?"
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"Despite its shortcomings, District 9 is an engaging sci-fi romp that features solid CGI work."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"To call this the best shrimp-from-outer-space South African apartheid allegory ever made does not begin to do it justice. But it's a start."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The backstory beats the hell out of the present-tense plot, a routine affair in which a well-meaning doofus working for the Man is infected with a virus, starts turning into an alien himself, and falls in with the oppressed creatures."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"This stunning mindbender of a movie attempts to prove that science fiction can handle the heftiest allegorical payloads, even the appalling shame of apartheid."
‑ Corey Hall, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"This is an excellent idea searching for a film worthy of it. This ain't it."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A rocking, rolling action drama about alien castaways that just want to go home, an evil corporation that wants to capitalize on them at any cost, and one man who freakishly gets caught in the middle."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
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