District 9

District 9 (2009)

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28 years ago, aliens landed in Johannesburg, South Africa. A powerful corporation known as Multi-National United moves all the aliens into a concentration camp called District 9. After years of protest from civilians, MNU finally decides to evict the aliens from District 9 and move them to a more controlled area, appropriately named District 10. While overseeing these evictions, MNU officer Wikus van de Merwe encounters an alien named Christopher Johnson and finds an illegal lab in his shack. While snooping around, Wikus is sprayed with a suspicious alien chemical that has nasty results....

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Automated MNU Instructional Voice: When dealing with aliens, try to be polite, but firm. And always remember that a smile is cheaper than a bullet.

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Mistakes

Near the end of the movie, when Christopher is pulled from the armored car and questioned about his plan, his arms are tied behind his back. A little later, when he is kneeling and the order is given to kill him, his arms are still tied. When Dinkus returns, Christopher is still on his knees, even after a soldier to his left explodes. A moment later, Dinkus arrives in front of him and Christopher is still on his knees, but now his arms are free.

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Trivia

The topic of xenophobia runs strongly throughout the film. This is a very real issue for South Africa as evidenced by the xenophobic violence in early 2008 where approx. 30 foreigners living in South Africa were murdered and hundreds left injured and/or destitute. In fact there are still displaced foreigners living in homeless shelters, churches, etc today.

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