Science fiction fans: get ready for a massive erection. District 9 directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson, stars Sharlto Copley. The film starts off as a pseudo documentary, following the happenings of a large alien ship hovering above Johannesburg, South Africa. Humans board the ship and evacuate the alien creatures aboard, who then live on earth for 20 years. The people and government of South Africa are fed up with the alien occupation, and an evacuation plan is formed. Wikus Van De Merwe (played by Copley) is in charge of leading the evacuation, so we are fed the story mainly from his perspective. Shit gets fucking real.
A private company, Multi-National United (MNU), is in charge of moving the nearly 2 million alien creatures from District 9, which is essentially a large refugee camp. In order to evict the aliens legally, MNU sends out human agents on the ground to give out eviction notices to the aliens (who are also referred to as prawns). All of the prawns are considered working class, and sign the eviction papers without much consideration, until Wikus runs into seemingly the only one with intelligence, Christopher Johnson. Christopher has been excreting a fluid for the 20 year occupation, to fuel a small ship back to the main alien ship, and then return home.
Wikus gets his hands on the fluid, and accidentally sprays himself with it, which was the beginning of the end for him. Unexplained in the film, the exposure to the fluid slowly turns Wikus into an alien-human hybrid. This interests the powers at be at MNU, because in his hybrid state, Wikus is able to use the aliens bio-engineered weapons. Naturally, he wants to turn back to his former human state, and MNU wants to run experiments on him to hopefully find a way to replicate his DNA to man the bio-engineered alien weaponry. Wikus' slow transformation into an alien state, and MNU's desire to experiment on him drives the rest of the film.
District 9 took an interesting method to explain it's story. A majority of it was shot as a documentary about Wikus' transformation into an alien, and his eventual treason, while the rest was shot from a standard third-person perspective. It definitely has a slow climb to a ton of action, but the story is really well structured, and keeps you highly interested. Copley does a brilliant job in his role, and makes you really feel the sense of urgency that his character was going through, trying to reverse his alien transformation.
It does take some time to get there, but when the action comes, it comes hard and keeps coming (unlike this writer in bed). As with any science fiction film, expect some information not to be explained, but there were no obvious points of absurdity (i.e.: Hollywood magic). There are a lot of subtitles, so it might be best not to watch it if you are particularly tired. Also, there are some parts with nasty alien-y matter, but even if you are squeamish, those parts are few and far between.
District 9 is a bad ass film that builds slowly, but keeps you entertained, and then kicks your fucking ass. Definitely want to catch this one in a theater.