Sony Pictures has released their final press kit for the upcoming science fiction film District 9, and with it comes a giant gallery of photos. As you might have seen if you follow me on Twitter or follow our reviews on the websites of some of Austin’s local radio stations (ie. Bob FM), I loved the film. It is easily one of the best films that will hit theaters all year. So when it comes time to lay down a big photo gallery like the one below, I don’t need to be asked twice. Check out the film’s synopsis below, followed by the photos (click to enlarge).
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.
District 9 is in theaters this Friday, August 14th.