Even though it is clear that people are talking most about the Avatar footage from yesterday at Comic-Con, there is another movie that seems to be sneaking up on everyone’s water-cooler list: Neill Blomkamp’s alien apartheid film District 9. Producer Peter Jackson and director Neill Blomkamp were on hand last night in San Diego to screen the film for the first time to an audience of geeks, the likes of whom stood in line for hours just to be among the first to make the journey into this brave new world. Our own Robert Fure was on hand and has already posted his quick reaction to the film here.
In addition to Robert’s first hand account, we’ve also received an awesome batch of photos from the folks at Sony Pictures. Within the gallery below you will find shots of the MNU truck (the government agency in the film that works to keep aliens inside the quarantine zone known as District 9) and MNU agents patrolling the streets of San Diego. I know that we showed you photos of this earlier in the week, but I think we can all agree that these are better.
District 9 is in theaters on August 14, 2009. Check out the gallery below, followed by the full synopsis provided by the studio.
Over twenty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them.
Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare – they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA.
The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide: District 9.