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District 9


district9Two decades after a ship carrying ailing aliens first appeared in Johannesburg, South Africa, the city is trying to clean up District 9, a ghetto where the newcomers have been banished.Ā A highly original science fiction movie expanded from a short subject that director Neill Blomkamp made in 2005. He came up with the idea as a child growing up under apartheid and those circumstances are cleverly mirrored in the script. Initially shot as a faux TV documentary, the set-up takes some time getting used to but eventually draws you in with inventive visual effects, plenty of tension and an engaging performance by first-timer Sharlto Copley.

2009-U.S.-New Zealand. 112 min. Color.Ā Produced byĀ Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham.Ā Directed byĀ Neill Blomkamp.Ā Screenplay:Ā Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell.Ā Cinematography:Ā Trent Opaloch.Ā Editing:Ā Julian Clarke.Ā Cast:Ā Sharlto Copley (Wikus Van De Merwe), Jason Cope (Grey Bradnam), David James (Koobus Venter), Vanessa Haywood, Mandla Gaduka, Kenneth Nkosi.

Last word: “I think if I had to summarize the biggest effect [Peter Jackson’s] had on the movie, itā€™s the fact that it exists at all. Thereā€™s no way I could have gotten this film made as what I wanted to make, without hisĀ involvement. So itā€™s much more than just saying, ‘Go and do what you want’. Itā€™s ‘Can I put a guy in the movie whoā€™s never acted before, but I think he can carry the lead role?’ Thereā€™s no way that would have happened if he wasnā€™t producing it. So he said ‘Yes’. And then, ‘Can they keep South African accents? And theyā€™re thick accents’. ‘Yes’. So that is probably the single biggest thing, is just the fact that he allowed it to happen.” (Blomkamp, A.V. Club)

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