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Doctor explains alien sex organs for ‘District 9’

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 8, 2009

By Mark Whittington

The premise for District 9, a film produced by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong) and directed by Neill Blomkamp, is that about thirty years ago a giant alien space craft filled with alien refugees arrived on Earth.

The premise for District 9 sounds very much like Alien Nation, a movie and TV series about the arrival of a ship filled with alien refugees. But there the resemblance seems to end. Instead of being settled in the United States, mostly in sunny Southern California, the aliens in District 9 are locked away in a slum in South Africa.

The aliens in District 9 seem to be regarded more as a nuisance than as a danger or a boon. The aliens are obviously not here on Earth to attack, as in War of the Worlds or Independence Day. They aren’t here to make us change our evil ways, as in The Day the Earth Stood Still. But neither have they been very helpful in providing access to advanced technology. The alien devices, particularly their weapons, require a being with the alien DNA to operate them.Goremaster Makeup Effects Manual

So while the aliens fester in South Africa’s District 9, despised by both whites and blacks, the world argues over what to do with them. Clearly there is no ACLU (as in Alien Nation) to sue to allow the aliens to live freely among humans. One suspects that the international human rights groups in District 9 are as impotent as they are in the real world.

The story of District 9 takes place in our time in the alternate world. The supervision of the aliens have been contracted out to a private corporation (likely an evil corporation in the grand old movie style) which wants access to the alien technology and is rather uncaring about the welfare of the aliens. Multi-National United, as the corporation is called, is clearly up to no good. One would suggest that the concept of the evil corporation is a well worn cliché. Governments, especially Apartheid era South Africa, are more than capable of doing bad things as depicted in District 9.Watchmen (Director's Cut)

The operative of the corporation, Wilkus van der Merwe, played by Sharlto Copley, contracts a mysterious virus that begins altering his DNA. They may allow him to be the first human to operate the alien technology. Thus Wilkus becomes the most hunted man on the planet.

A new viral video and poster for District 9 has just been released. The viral video purports to be a lecture by a scientist on the alien biology. District 9 opens wide on August 14th.

Sources: District 9, Official Movie Site

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One Response to “Doctor explains alien sex organs for ‘District 9’”

  1. JK Fowler said

    Thought you might be interested in this: http://jkfowler.com/2009/08/19/district-9-racism-in-may-should-have-sent-it-in/

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