An interesting district

by Evans Yonson

Barcelona- It’s funny how the Oscars have changed all these years. This year, there were 10 films nominated for the Best Picture, which eventually went to The Hurt Locker. One of the nominated films is District 9. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, an alien ship arrives in 1982 and hovers there for a quite a long time. The government, upon the pressure of the international community, sets up an area (District 9) solely dedicated to “prawns” aka the aliens. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new ‘prawn’ friends. The aliens look like hideous beasts ready to devour humans at the slightest provocation. Directed by another New Zealander Neill Blomkamp, District 9 opened worldwide with a strong box-office presence and critical acclaim. This movie may have been snubbed in this year’s Oscar, trust that District 10 (it’s inevitable sequel) will even surpass its predecessor.

Here are some interesting lines from the movie:
Automated MNU Instructional Voice: [in MNU Humvee] 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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Sarah Livingstone – Sociologist [about Nigerian scams on the Prawns] … where they sold cat food to the aliens for exorbitant prices.
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MNU Agent: MNU! We’re serving eviction notices.
Alien: What is “eviction”?
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Wikus: I would never have any kind of… pornographic activity with a fookin’ creature!

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