How History Makes District 9 Film Review

How History Makes District 9
An analysis of the movie "District 9".
# 118891 | 1,164 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 12, 2010 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Sociology (General)

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This paper reviews and analyses the 2009 science fiction movie "District 9". The plot of the movie is summarized and the author introduces the main characters Christopher, an alien or "prawn" and Wikus Van der Merwe, a worker assigned to relocate the prawns. The paper describes the cinematography style of the movie and takes a look at its main themes, social segregation, oppression and xenophobia. The author then explains the references to history that the science fiction thriller has - racism in District 6, a slum in South Africa as well as the real life reference to a pest nicknamed the Parktown Prawn in Johannesburg that is hard to kill and thrives in the urban environment.

From the Paper:

"The powerful science fiction thriller, District 9, begins when a spaceship is stalled and then stops over a African city, Johannes, South Africa. Wikus Van der Merwe, a worker at MNU, is chosen to lead an eviction front on the residents of District 9. District 9, soon after its creation, was made into a slum which houses "prawns." As Wikus conducts evictions and seemingly legal searches of the aliens' houses, he comes across Christopher's shack."

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