District 9 is a masterpiece. There, that's all. Now click Buy. Seriously. This film is a poignant allegory for Apartheid, for sociological prejudice that is simply seeking another outlet, and has not been erased from our nature. The alien, or 'prawn', becomes the new maligned minority, marginalised and segregated, and regarded as nothing more than a nuisance, potential threat, and a drain on valuable resources. This is how our lens on this affair, Wikus, a subscriber to the story told on the television, and printed on the page, sees these unfortunate immigrants, and it is on that foundation he interacts with them, as per him job as an inter-special official. But this small-minded, unsympathetic little man in a white shirt and tie with a clipboard has his world incontrovertibly merged with that of the aliens, and the conflict with it's conventional boundaries and clear sense of right and wrong spillls into his reality, and he's forced to see it from the side of the victims. This is sci-fi with something on its mind, it wants to show you something, and many elements of the narrative bear haunting similarities to Apartheid Africa. The film unfolds in documentary-style for the most part, only deviating in moments of intense personal drama. Wikus is slowly transformed before our eyes--literally and figuratively--from a cowardly blue-collar bigot into an incidental revolutionary awakening to a greater cause, his eventual heroism all the more affecting because of the journey to it. Humdrum Q & A, and celebrating a promotion turns into horrified persecution and brutally instantaneous blood-letting, all granted higher impact by the more intimate and naturalistic filming method. The film invests us, then blows us away with a quite frankly jaw-dropping closing act, that at once works as resolution and catharsis. The actor playing Wikus is truly wondrous in the role, particularly when you realise the majority of his lines are ENTIRELY IMPROVISED, and the unpolished cinematography and scripting grant the film a more realistic style that's been much attempted, seldom accomplished. Also, for a relatively low-budget sci-fi, the special effects are incredible, and are all pulled off with intense believability, though the film never relies on CGI to carry it through; it complements the narrative, as opposed to the modern sci-fi storytelling method where narrative is nothing more than garnish to computer wizardry. The ending sticks in your mind, even as the adrenaline peters out of your system, and, if you're anything like me, you'll watch the credits to the end, in awe of what you've just seen. Make no mistake, this film stands up there with Blade Runner, Alien, 2001 and The Terminator. It's intelligent, raw, profound, brutal and superbly-acted. You'll love it!