A field operative (Sharlto Copley) for a company that oversees extraterrestrial refugees contracts a mysterious virus that begins to change his DNA.
" The movie falls into the same uneasy category as Eight Legged Freaks: too tongue-in-cheek to be thrilling, not funny enough to be a comedy. "
" A bloody good time. One of the most original movies of the summer. "
" A memorable, monstrous fable that's consistently gripping. "
" A thinking man's, or man-boy's, Transformers. "
" District 9 succeeds brilliantly as an exercise in style, but the style promises a level of substance the film never quite delivers. "
" Every now and then, a film comes along that both defies and compels description. "
" If you're looking for the late-summer special-effects action fantasy with big franchise potential, forget about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. (You already forgot? Fine.) Instead, proceed directly to District 9. "
" In a good summer, there's usually a movie that will come out of nowhere and completely wow us. This is a good summer, and that movie is District 9. "
" In this summer of gargantuan mediocrities, a modestly budgeted project with an actual idea in its head, and the wiles to manifest it onscreen, exploding heads and all -- that's something. "
" Perhaps we're witnessing a new dawn for politically engaged sci-fi and horror, with Blomkamp as a latter-day George Romero. Either way, this is a stunningly impressive debut. "
" The wildest science-fiction film to come out all year. "
" This is a great movie. "
" This might go down as the year that science-fiction cinema, despite the deafening crash and clangor of sparring robots, began to rediscover its brains, heart and soul. "
" To call this the best shrimp-from-outer-space South African apartheid allegory ever made does not begin to do it justice. But it's a start. "
" What an achievement in filmmaking. "
" You don't feel bamboozled, fooled, or patronized by District 9, as you did by most of the summer blockbusters. You feel winded, shaken, and shamed. "
" You've seen alien invasion flicks before, and you've seen more than your share of summer blockbusters. But you've never seen anything quite like District 9. "
" The backstory beats the hell out of the present-tense plot, a routine affair in which a well-meaning doofus working for the Man is infected with a virus, starts turning into an alien himself, and falls in with the oppressed creatures. "
" The film all but gets away from [the director] as battles take over and opportunities to explore the story as more than the sum of its weapons disappears. "
" The fresh premise over, the stale action returns. "
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