Fair warning to everyone who would want to watch this movie: it’s definitely gory. Keeping aside that fact, let’s tell you the rest of it.
The movie starts like a documentary of sorts, and the same feel is nearly carried throughout the length of the movie. The start was pretty slow and it kind of gives you an uneasy feeling of watching the wrong movie. District 9 is a small area in Johannesburg, South Africa, where a great deal of alien population has been relocated from their mother-ship which is seen hovering just above that place.
The first half nearly tempts you into thinking this one as another alien abduction or maybe aliens trying to take over the world with their “advanced technology” (for some reason, aliens are never behind technologically). But as the movie progresses, that notion is proved wrong and you find that there is more overpowering reason for a ‘fluid’ that’s been collected by a couple of aliens for the last two decades at District 9.
The movie is certainly innovative in its concept of aliens, in such high numbers, actually living in plain sight of humans, albeit restricted from any kind of interaction with them. However, as always, there is a feeling of fear and hatred in the humans who live in and around the place causing disruption among the extra-terrestrials. This leads to a slight havoc around the city which then causes containment measures to be issued and relocation of the aliens to another place. This relocation campaign is headed by a man named Wikus who is unfortunate to be affected by alien contamination.
The rest of the movie has gore and blood splattered all over the place, though, it must be mentioned, not without a kind of finesse. It is a different take on the human-alien interaction: humans understood alien tongue and vice versa and there are actual conversations with alien grunts (thankfully translated into understandable English) and human speech.
The movie is not for the weak-hearted and if too much violence repels you, well, stay away from this one.
Contributed by Rakesh Nair