Its occupants - insect-like humanoids referred to as "prawns" - are quarantined into a special area of the city called District 9. Dude wikus is a coward and a dick the whole movie. District 9 is an uncommonly smart sci-fi hit, and it’s got a heck of a lot going on, especially in the final act. Its occupants - insect-like humanoids referred to as "prawns" - are quarantined into a special area of the city called District 9. Christopher Johnson was either a commanding officer, a senior scientist, or both. They have to watch their mindless brothers get abused yet all they can do is bide their time and slowly work on a solution. So it may not be the greatest piece of scifi, but it is still great. To me, the sci fi feels 'tacked on'. You say it is divisive. Whatever plan the prawns had was abandoned when Johnson found he was the only one left. The most interesting part for me was the beginning. I am so sick of the Avatar trope (big bad corporation destroying environment for profit). An experienced viewer can lose some immersion if the pattern recognition part of their mind is overly active. In the end there is really no reason for anyone to justify their enjoyment, if someone likes a movie/book/whatever great for them. He was one of the head operatives for the relocation of alien prawn-like residents of District 9 to their new home in District 10. Both people saying it or writing it in articles or in comments. When is Christopher coming back? The Science fiction in the movie seems no different to magic, it's never really explained and is only used when the plot needs to be moved along (the arm gun). Hi Reddit, I am Neill Blomkamp, director at OATS STUDIOS. The problem was that the Aliens were very Human. They're like colony insects, the vast majority are drones that are simply incapable meaningful, original thought. I couldn't relate to the Aliens. Johnson insists this is a fuel necessary to power a small ferry ship to get back up to the main one. Yes. his previous interactions with only the drones). Posted by 22 days ago. Every work of fiction has to have some kind of theme. I think a major reason I liked it was because many of the concepts actually were new to me. /*# sourceMappingURL=*/I personally lean toward the former, but as a programmer who wastes free time by writing pointless little automations and scripts for myself it's conceivable that (2) is just a thing he did. So again i ask, what was the need for the aliens? There are a few little aspects of it that really stuck with me. I think you were supposed to, slowly, in the end. It seemed very predictable to me. I definitely felt something for them, especially since you got to know Christopher Johnson and his son pretty well. My friend isn't exactly a big Sci fi fan and i wonder if that had something to do with it. ._3gbb_EMFXxTYrxDZ2kusIp{margin-bottom:24px;text-transform:uppercase;width:100%}._3gbb_EMFXxTYrxDZ2kusIp:last-child{margin-bottom:10px} District 9 est un film de science-fiction américano-néo-zélando-sud-africain coécrit et réalisé par Neill Blomkamp, sorti en 2009. You could have told the same story in a fictional country with a fictional apartheid. (As an added bonus 7 billion prawn slaves are probably more useful and easier to use than 7 billion alien human slaves.). 2 3 32. I think i may have found the movie more interesting if it had abandoned the sci fi element all together. That's what entertainment is all about, stimulating someone somewhere. Our protagonist, Wikus van der Merwe, is the son-in-law of the CEO of paramilitary company MNU. I totally like the idea and setting of the movie. It gives a glimpse into the mind of people who support apartheid. District 9 is a 2009 science fiction thriller film. Instead, however, the idiot humans only cared about being able to use prawn weapons. Even when faced with clear evidence contrary to their views (Christopher and his son) a great deal of time and thought is required to change an opinion which has solidified over an extended time (i.e. The plot was engaging and the allegory about apartheid, and themes about xenophobia and identity were done well. In addition to inter-species prostitution, the Nigerians exchange canned cat food for alien weapons, of which the cat food has an effect similar to catnip on the aliens. Also the irony that Christopher became more humane as he became less human and more alien. It is a ghetto rife with poverty, substance abuse, and organized crime (mostly by humans). I am so sick of the Avatar trope (big bad corporation destroying environment for profit). How would everything go down? My thoughts during the movie probably went from "oh this is gonna suck" to "that was ok", I mean I didn't want my 2 hours back so it wasn't that bad. Everything Wrong With District 9 In 3 Minutes Or Less - Duration: 3:51. Fantasy too. He scraped together the last of the working formula and flew home victorious, allowing phase 2 of the invasion to begin. Of course it would fire these all rapidly to get a high rate of fire. While promoting his latest Oats Studios short films, Blomkamp revealed in a recent Reddit AMA that he wants to make District 10 so that he can finish Wikus and Christopher's story. I had already seen Alien Nation so the concept of Alien refugees was nothing new to me. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare. For the sci fi to be important, maybe the Alien could have been a class that were bred/created to serve. Wikus bravely puts his life on the line to allow Johnson and his small child to leave safely. With Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt. Either the writer didn't have the imagination to create an Alien culture or the Sci Fi elements we're secondary to the message it wanted to portray. Saying racism is soley about the way something looks is overly simplistic. share. 1. I don't think it was original. Hanna Flint Jul 5, 2017. David Meng of Weta Workshop backs this up saying “the vast majority of the aliens are worker-class “drones,” explaining why they were so lost an ineffectual. A mysterious and disabled alien ship comes to a halt over Johannesburg, South Africa. Haven't seen it in a few years but these are my lasting impressions. The xenophobic and horrible treatment of prawns only emboldened him. District 9 a été le renouveau de la SF. The Aliens were very human the only difference was the over the top way they looked. A lot happened that I didn't expect. In theaters August 14th!For more DISTRICT 9 information, visit Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. District 9 Director Planning 'Another Film In That World' District 9 director Neill Blomkamp reveals that he's still planning on making another film in the D9 universe, possibly District 10. Cookies help us deliver our Services. With the same criticism being repeated by the previous generation. What would be the plot of the second district 9 movie? They're obviously adept at bioengineering. Science Fiction, or Speculative Fiction if you prefer. He is a dick, but you have to remember that this took place over a few days. I found the Characters very dull and the story predictable. I feel that Star trek and Alien Nation has covered these issues better and in more detail. Compare and contrast District 9 with Avatar..... social/political movies with a science fiction background. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. This is a place for fans of various creative works to share theories, interpretations and speculation related to that particular creative work. Étonnant, un film très intelligent mais aussi très divertissant. The AMR-B05, also known as "The Repeater," is a fully-automatic Prawn weapon. Certainly impressive for an independent film. Sort of like if the alien invaders from War of the Worlds got sick earlier and started dying off before they could even start doing any damage so instead they tried to make a small colony in a remote area to wait for rescue. He's never brave the whole movie and almost gets Johnson and his son killed multiple times. An upcoming movie that is too kickass to define on urban dictionary. I saw it once and enjoyed it. In the midst of this operation he fiddles with a canister in the shack of one Christopher Johnson, and a black goo sprays onto his face. There is certainly a political and social message in there but i didn't feel the sci fi added anything to it. It's been a while, but don't we actually see Johnson insert the canister into the powered down ship, which turns it back on? Doesn't really change my theory but the movie goes to great pains to show his arc. But if someone reads/watches a lot of fiction certain tropes, stories, elements, and so on, starts repeating. You mean sci-fi that has a message about society, which is literally the reason why sci-fi appeared as a genre? And characters. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Posted by 21 days ago. Ultimately I like where he ends up. Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Dick, Heinlein and other SF books. They would quell potential rebellions by literally dehumanizing us. Il y a vingt ans, un gigantesque vaisseau extraterrestre s'est mystérieusement immobilisé au-dessus de Johannesbourg. 25. And it is my favourite 'alien invasion' movie I have ever seen. I think the whole racism angle of the movie was totally ham-fisted. He promised to come back and help the main character even after he is betrayed. But one is heavy handed, plodding and frankly boring, the other is District 9. It is a co-production of New Zealand, the United States and South Africa. District 9 was awesome. A lot happened that I didn't expect. It provided some concrete characters to root for, very sympathetic characters in fact. The weapon functions as an assault rifle. Even slaves throughout history had their own culture and the poorest favellas in Brazil have culture. MNU has been given the task of relocating the aliens to new housing, implied to be much more like a prison. The aliens are some of the best I've seen in any sci-fi movie--truly alien insectoids, yet also sympathetically human with their expressions and their personality. Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place. The movie brushes over the need for culture by saying that the Aliens were slaves. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. We know nothing of prawn society. User Review: District 9 is a story about aliens who make contact with Earth and the relationships with humans and society. I absolutely loved every aspect of the movie. I want to go back to that world and tell rest of the story with Wikus and Christopher." So, realizing they were stranded and with humans about to enter the ship, Johnson destroyed the fluid and slipped into hiding among the directionless drones. Also, consider this a blanket spoiler warning. I would have liked it if they had focused more upon the ships arrival but the movie only spends a few minutes explaining it. Enemy at the Gates Major König's impossible sniper kill - Duration: 4:46. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Wikus van de Merwe is the protagonist of District 9. District 9 was awesome. One of the best sci-fi movies IMO. District 9 seems to be the opposite. Basically, aliens come to earth accidentally, and humans provide them with a hunk of earth called district 9. ._2JU2WQDzn5pAlpxqChbxr7{height:16px;margin-right:8px;width:16px}._3E45je-29yDjfFqFcLCXyH{margin-top:16px}._13YtS_rCnVZG1ns2xaCalg{font-family:Noto Sans,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:400;line-height:18px;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex}._1m5fPZN4q3vKVg9SgU43u2{margin-top:12px}._17A-IdW3j1_fI_pN-8tMV-{display:inline-block;margin-bottom:8px;margin-right:5px}._5MIPBF8A9vXwwXFumpGqY{border-radius:20px;font-size:12px;font-weight:500;letter-spacing:0;line-height:16px;padding:3px 10px;text-transform:none}._5MIPBF8A9vXwwXFumpGqY:focus{outline:unset} Here are the reasons behind the District 9 sequel delay and why fans might still have cause for hope. Oh, yes, that's exactly it. He stayed even after having it functional because he wanted to perfect his research. 1 comment. It's entirely possible that they are every bit as hierarchical and exploitative as us. But at the end he puts himself at risk to help them. He was portrayed by Sharlto Copley. By showing the interactions between people and aliens who are actually mentally inferior we can better understand racism. I'm stuck on a runway and very tired. We learn that the Prawns need licenses to have kids, they can't certain things in their shacks, and they LOVE cat food. he turned the ship on while inserting it, they were coincidental events; or. En piteux état et n'ayant pas d'intentions belliqueuses, les naufragés, aux allures de grosses crevettes, ont été parqués par l'armée dans un camp devenu bidonville, District 9. At least that way i could relate to them. You are right on all points. The sci fi is just flavor, background. There is no connection until the alien with a child pops up and that is portrayed in a very human way. Yes. Because it wasn't fuel at all. It really highlighted how easy it would be to treat them horribly because they just don't care. I think the reason i found it boring was that there was nothing new in the movie. Overcrowding and militarization eventually turn the area into a slum known as District 9. Generally, I dislike, any scifi movie that is political/social propaganda. Anyway my point is simply that I've heard the sentiment about things being predictable and/or rehashed repeatedly throughout my life. And the CGI was awful. The u/Immediate-District-9 community on Reddit. Something that just occurred to me now is that the main character exemplifies how difficult change is for someone with racist viewpoints. District 9 Sequel (2018) Movie Trailer, Release Date & More! Yet often they'll say something about how this new popular movie (particularly in the Young Adult bracket) is just a ripoff of some movie from their own youth and thus somehow bad. I maintain that there was either something of a mutiny by anti-imperialist prawns or a genuine technological malfunction. The plot was engaging and the allegory about apartheid, and themes about xenophobia and identity were done well. Personally I really liked District 9. The best sci-fi in my opinion is about characters and story, more than flashy tech. If the he didn't turn on Christopher he could have went with them on the mothership; one selfless act and he could have been a bridge between the two species, he could have been cured as soon as he reached their planet instead of waiting for a full round trip, but he was just too selfish. I always assumed the prawns had some colonial or scouting intent that we weren’t meant to see so as to leave the audience sympathetic to the abuse they suffer at the hands of humanity. I would claim that it is sort of important to remember that everything is new to someone at some point. Also, the way that Christopher Johnson and his son were distinguished from the rest as being intelligent aliens. As in Earth hives, only a few (or a single) member is directing the drones; in the case of the prawns it’s a few Johnsons. He slowly begins to transform into a prawn, which drives the rest of the plot. Mansoor Mithaiwala Jun 3, 2017. How is that original at all? share. South African director Neill Blomkamp's debut feature was certainly an ambitious beast. I don't think that the Aliens even needed to be in it. I felt like I was watching a video game. The prawns have very sophisticated interstellar travel and weapons technology, and it is only operable by an organism with prawn biology. Generally, I dislike, any scifi movie that is political/social propaganda. Just saw it for the first time. For example, the way that the aliens are so quickly entered into a "system": given names and addresses, inspected regularly, etc. Perhaps during the last leg of the voyage, the ship’s hive came to suffer a disease outbreak which, by chance, happened to wipe out the majority of the Johnson-class prawns leading to a breakdown of the hive structure. Read good novels, Asimov for example. Its about class and culture. District 9 (2009) full streaming. As soon as the main character started to change i knew exactly what was going to happen. It reminds me of Solaris. Who knows what mixture of pride and engineering obstacle was in play here. Wikus ends up finding a cylinder with a brown liquid in it that the Prawns say took them 20 years to develop. ._2YJDRz5rCYQfu8YdgB_neb{overflow:hidden;position:relative}._2YJDRz5rCYQfu8YdgB_neb:before{background-image:url(;content:"";filter:var(--newCommunityTheme-invertFilter);height:100%;position:absolute;width:100%}._37WD6iicVS6vGN0RomNTwh{padding:0 12px 12px;position:relative} CinemaSins 4,891,301 views. Laser guns, space ships, and time travel. Johnson didn't go home for a long time because the ferry ship he managed to spare from scrappers wasn't functional. The sci fi didn't serve a purpose and that's why i think its a poor sci fi movie. They came to invade (or something), but because of an unseen catastrophe, the insecoid society broke down and left them vulnerable. Give me futuristic gadgets based on known science. 2 comments. But maybe I loved it mostly for non-scifi elements. Anything can be new and fresh to young eyes. The CGI was superb in general. Then that would bring up some good philosophical points. But nothing has the power to stimulate everyone everywhere throughout all time. Some people actually do view other humans the way humans viewed the aliens in the movie. This is basically an expansion on the story as a whole, HOWEVER it will not end the same so don't worry. The Aliens are never fleshed out in the movie so these things are never explored. There he was exposed to an alien chemical, causing his DNA to rapidly fuse with Prawn-DNA, giving him the ability to operate alien machinery and weapons. It speaks so truthfully to human nature, the desire to categorize things to make them less scary. The aliens are some of the best I've seen in any sci-fi movie--truly alien insectoids, yet also sympathetically human with their expressions and their personality. While we do have a District 9 review where you can leave comments, we've set up this as a place where you can discuss District 9 spoilers without concerns about ruining the movie for folks who haven't seen it yet. As well, I am sick of the apartheid trope. I think a major reason I liked it was because many of the concepts actually were new to me. Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology. A massive black market is set up between the aliens and a group of Nigerians primarily led by Mumbo, a paraplegic warlord. When they said they were slaves I don't think they meant like human slaves. I think the reason i found it boring was that there was nothing new in the movie. I don't know, a few things like that really impressed me, but mostly for non-scifi reasons. District 9 director Neill Blomkamp wants the audience of his Oats Studios short films to help decide which one to make feature-length. He couldn't comprehend that and kept saying that i 'just didn't understand it'. No, i wanted the Aliens to be Alien but they weren't. The main character (I forget his name), who seemed like a normal guy, acted like a psychopath when interacting with the aliens. No need to overexplain the details of everything, just good story and plot. District 9 is a section of South Africa that has been quarantined as a refugee camp for the aliens who’ve been stranded for the last 20 years. But I feel like the movie is pretty universally praised from what I recall. That was my reaction, too. No preaching. War lords are taking advantage of the aliens for their weapons technology, interspecies prostitution, violence and slum like living situations are what’s being revealed. And it did all of that while being an independent, original movie with a relatively small budget. I want to do for zombie movies what District 9 did for alien movies. I think I agree with you that there's not much really new there, but it was a well done take on this. Thats why i thought my friend liked it, hes not a big Sci fi fan so it was very new to him. Felt so real. Its a political film first and a sci fi film second. Pardon me if this isn't new! The Science fiction in the movie seems no different to magic, it's never really explained and is only used when the plot needs to be moved along. District 9 - Blu-ray (Metropolitan) . There are plenty of Sci fi fans on this sub so i wanted to know what you thought of the movie? District 9 could have been an Asimov novel. I’m not sure about the mockumentary thing and that it becomes ordinary military SF at some point. It is a ghetto rife with poverty, substance abuse, and organized crime (mostly by humans). As well, I am sick of the apartheid trope. That's what I got out of it at least. By making their imaginary distinction between humans a real distinction between humans and aliens we can empathize with them to some degree and at the very least understand why they do the things they do. If there are no themes, there is no reason for the plot to take place. 5 1 15. The u/district_9 community on Reddit. (Due to District 9 being limited to about 112 minutes so of course there's not enough interactions between my favorite characters. They travel to the present camp, now called District 9, and try to get them sign papers to evict them. Personally after I started meditating and practising being in the present moment I found myself enjoying things a lot more (even things I might earlier have considered predictable and 'boring'). We are able to get an inside look at the district and find it horrifying. That's the entire ending sequence. Not what I want in my sicfi either. The film stars Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope and David James. Christopher was the most moral character in the movie. My ramblings on the movie (don't bother reading if you don't want, its long and stupid). I don't hate District 9 it was watchable but there was nothing in there for me, as a sci fi fan, to go back and see it again. So of course things get reposted, new people are discovering whatever it is for the first time. Fantasy stuff like Tolkien and Game of Thrones. This is exactly how you're supposed to feel. he programmed it to start the moment he had what he needed. Why would their fuel happen to cause human beings to turn into prawns? I also like the visual style of it. And until someone has watched/read a lot of fiction the tropes that seem stale to us might still have their full impact. Yet going back to whatever thing they look back at with nostalgia you can find that that to is just a rehash of stories from earlier years, and so on and so forth. Once he met Christopher I figured he would change but it took the entire movie for him to treat them with even a shred of decency. Star Trek, Battlestar, Star Wars, etc. Tbh I think anyone would be panicking and acting selfishly if they had all that shit happen to them, made worse by all the lies being spread about him. This video serves a triple purpose. Also the irony that Christopher became more humane as he became less human and more alien. Yet District 9 isn't necessarily the metaphor everyone thinks it is. Probably wasn't the intended theme of the movie but that's why fiction is so cool; different lessons can be imparted to different people. However I did like the movie. Welcome to /r/FanTheories! The tubes down the side each discharge an explosive burst of gas one after the other down the length of the barrel behind the projectile - a linear accelerator gun, similar to a rail gun. But yes this is not how I like my SciFi. Proposal: they wanted to colonize us and use us as slaves. If you really had to make it a Sci fi movie, set it 2000 years in the future on Mars and the refugees were the last survivors from a doomed Earth. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the FanTheories community. I don't need character development but if it's secondary to the science I'll take it. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. I think a major reason I liked it was because many of the concepts actually were new to me. Except he didn't become less human, he just did what was obviously the right thing to do and went against the grain in the process. 32. I loved District 9 but I know a lot of people who found it...meh. /*# sourceMappingURL=*/._2ppRhKEnnVueVHY_G-Ursy{-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;margin:22px 0 0;min-height:200px;overflow:hidden;position:relative}._2KLA5wMaJBHg0K2z1q0ci_{margin:0 -7px -8px}._1zdLtEEpuWI_Pnujn1lMF2{bottom:0;position:absolute;right:52px}._3s18OZ_KPHs2Ei416c7Q1l{margin:0 0 22px;position:relative}.LJjFa8EhquYX8xsTnb9n-{filter:grayscale(40%);position:absolute;top:11px}._2Zjw1QfT_iMHH7rfaGsfBs{-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;background:linear-gradient(180deg,rgba(0,121,211,.24),rgba(0,121,211,.12));border-radius:50%;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;height:25px;-ms-flex-pack:center;justify-content:center;margin:0 auto;width:25px}._2gaJVJ6_j7vwKV945EABN9{background-color:var(--newCommunityTheme-button);border-radius:50%;height:15px;width:15px;z-index:1} The advanced aliens turned out being less intelligent than the average human. It was a very shallow and cosmetic racism. Thanks for reading and watching! Star Trek was Sci Fi first, the political statements were used to fill out the fictional universe. Our protagonist, Wikus van der Merwe, is the son-in-law of the CEO of paramilitary company MNU. District 9 was the surprise cinematic hit of 2009 but, ten years later, a sequel has yet to go into production. That's exactly how sci-fi should be used. The ship was a colonial outpost where they had been working on the formula. It's a fitting penance for being a selfish asshole one too many times. After the District 9 roundtable and a one-on-one with director Neill Blomkamp, we found out a lot about what went on behind the scenes while making the alien feature. Let's take a step back: how did their ship happen to end up near Earth in the first place? etc. You're right, he does start that way. District 9 is a 2009 science fiction action film directed by Neill Blomkamp in his feature film debut, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, and produced by Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham. Press J to jump to the feed. I’m here to discuss Oats Studios, previous films and anything else you want to discuss. I generally enjoyed it, but at some point it turned into a simple comic-action movie, and I didn't find it memorable. Not what I want in my sicfi either.This isn't one of the movies that I would rewatch however there was something about it that was fresh I think. I also was the filmmaker behind District 9, Elysium and Chappie. Over the years, he worked to make the fluid which he needed as a sort of confirmation to send his ferry to the main ship and return home. "OK, so with District 10 the basic answer is yes. They're so different. The robot/mecha battles were awesome. Even an advanced ship will require a large complement to maintain a multi-year journey. Johnson wasn't afraid the idiot humans would find his ship, he was afraid they would piece together the plan if they saw someone get infected. At the same time, it's made clear that most of the prawns are uneducated workers. save. SF movies and TV shows. Great theory! Il en arrive même a être touchant. If you never felt anything for them, I can see how the movie seemed boring to you, and why you'd rather just see human actors. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa's District 9. Wikus is put in charge of getting phony consent forms from each prawn. I believe the insectoid nature of the prawns is partly intended to make the viewer leap to an association with Earth’s hive insects in which a few members (Queens) ordering an army of mindless and devoted drones. 3:51. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. It's like people complaining about reposts, I think that every upvoted repost is probably new to someone. save. That's probably why it didn't fascinate me. I had a discussion with a friend who loved District 9, however i found the movie to be boring. Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place.

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