Thursday, September 24, 2009

District 9

A very touching movie I had watched so far. The story begins where an aliens stranded on Earth in 1982 above Johannesburg, South Africa. The spaceship contains a large group of unhealthy and leaderless arthropod-like species. These alien creatures, were referred to as prawns, were taken by the Multinational United (MNU) and housed in District 9 by the government and soon becomes a slum.

Wikus van der Merwe who's a MNU field operative was in charge of relocate the prawns to a new district, Distrcit 10. During the eviction, Wikus found a canister of alien liquid. The liquid which happens to be the fuel. Wikus accidentally spraying some of the liquid onto his face. An alien by the name of Christopher Johnson starts questioning the legality of the eviction served on him and demands his rights. Wikus starts showing symptoms where he bleeds and the the blood was black in color. He was ill the same night and was taken to hospital where his forearm is revealed to have mutated into an alien appendage. He's taken to MNU facility where with his new found alien hand, now he can operate alien weaponry due to his alien DNA, they intend to vivisect him before he fully transforms into an alien, in an attempt to replicate his ability, since the weapons are normally only operable by aliens. But Wikus uses his new strength to overpower his captors and escapes.

Now a fugitive, Wikus takes refuge in District 9 and returns to Christopher's shack. Noticing Wikus' arm, Christopher reveals that the canister Wikus confiscated contains a fluid that would allow him to access the mother ship and leave the planet. Christopher agrees to help Wikus if he promised to get the canister back from MNU. Wikus agress and try to buy weapons from the Nigerian Gang but their leader, the paralyzed warlord Obesandjo, seizes Wikus, seeking to gain his ability to operate alien weapons, which he believes he will achieve by eating Wikus' mutated arm. Wikus manages to get his hands on an alien weapon and quickly overpowers his captors, escaping with more weapons.

After escaping from the Nigerian Gang, both Wikus and Christopher went back to MNU facility to take back the canister and during the the escape, Christopher saw that their race was used as medical experiments on his race. Upon seeing this that Christopher decided to return his people before helping Wikus which take 3 years to heal Wikus. Frustrated, Wikus knocks Christopher unconscious and powers up the command module with the help of Christopher's son. Soon after takeoff, the spacecraft is shot at by MNU and it crashes nearby.

MNU forces take Wikus and Christopher prisoner but Obesandjo's gang ambushes them. The Nigerian Gang captures Wikus and prepares to sever his mutated arm for Obesandjo. From the command module, Christopher's son activates the mothership and a mechanized battle suit that kills Obesandjo and his men. Wikus then gets into the suit and rescues Christopher from the MNU mercenaries, allowing him to get to the command module. Promising Wikus that he will return to reverse his transformation, Christopher returns to the mother ship. Heavily wounded and in a much more advanced state of his mutation, Wikus crawls out of the battle suit and is confronted by Venter, the sole survivor and captain of the MNU squad. Before he can kill Wikus, aliens in the camp dismember and eat him. Christopher activates the mother ship and Johannesburg's residents celebrate its departure.

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