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

"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."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"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
"For a movie rife with violence and disturbing imagery, District 9 has a guiding spirit that's surprisingly sweet and even hokey. But that's part of its charm."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"District 9 made me think, and it made me jump. This cool science-fiction thriller pumps up the tension to wow-factor levels."
‑ Michael Smith, Tulsa World
"District 9 is a brave attempt by first-time director Blomkamp and well worth a look."
‑ Roz Laws, Birmingham Post
"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
"Phone home, E.T., and while you're at it, you might ask for extraterrestrial help for the persecuted aliens being evacuated from District 9."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"It's too uneven and juvenile to deliver on its ambitions, and could easily be 20 minutes shorter (a dozen fewer shots of CGI goo hitting the lens would have sufficed), but it's ultimately too blazingly unique to not recommend."
‑ Daniel Barnes, Sacramento News & Review
"Blomkamp seems to want to invoke the memory of South African apartheid into the confusion, but he doesn't know how. Thus it remains largely a noisy action picture, barely different from all the stuff Hollywood keeps churning out."
‑ John Serba, MLive.com
"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
"A smart sci-fi about a group of alien refugees who come to Earth and are imprisoned in an internment camp."
‑ Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade
"This extraordinary science-fiction thriller doesn't settle into a standard Tinseltown orbit. Instead, it sets its astonishing thrills and action in South Africa."
‑ Alan Frank, Daily Star
"I applauded the splattergore moments and felt oddly touched by the emotional connection created to the prawns. Go see this movie."
‑ Robert Fure, Film School Rejects
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