March 1982, an alien spaceship arrived near Johannesburg with aliens on board. Those aliens were sick and dying, so the people took them in as refuges. Now (present day) those aliens live in sort of camps. These 'prawns' as they are called by the natives live in shacks and amongst the rubble from humans.
Now they are going to relocate these prawns to a different and better location. A private military organisation is used to go from shack to shack and get the signature of the aliens to move them legally. Wikus van de Merwe is one of those people responsible in getting signatures and get them removed from their home.
While searching through a shack, he notices a canister and accidentally sprays himself with the contents. He starts to feel ill and goes back to district 9 to find answers.
If this scenario looks familiar, it's because it has happened before. Think Apartheid, but minus the spaceship. It's a different take on that period of time and also how xenophobia still lives among us.
The movie starts out like a documentary, with Wikus commenting what is happening. You have family and friends commenting as well on the events and how it changed their lives. But halfway through, the movie turns from documentary into an action movie.
The movie didn't bore me, even though I knew what was going to happen. Yes, i did find the movie rather predictable, but not to the point where I'd turn it off and find something else.
One thing I liked as well was the fact that the aliens had their own language. So they don't speak English, they speak their own language, but they DO understand English. Humans, on the other hand, do not speak the aliens language, and will only speak English. I thought that was a nice touch.
District 9 was inspired by a short film, by the same director. If you're interested this is the short film: