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District 9 is a film that takes us into a realm of a different world from the one we know now. It surrounds the idea of extraterrestrial life combined with immense science-fiction to illustrate a story we could only imagine to ever actually occur. Although made for entertainment purposes, this motion picture can be compared to literature studied in class including Thomas Hobbes Leviathan. Although not forwardly represented, District 9 displays many underlying concepts through its scenes. When studying and analyzing the plot and characters, these concepts then become more translucent to the viewer.
District 9 is a flashback film that opens with a series of interviews introducing the basis of the film; an extraterrestrial ship hovering above Johannesburg, South Africa. As explained in the interviews, 20 years prior, the alien ship was making no contact with the humans on Earth so humans decide to cut into the vessel, only to discover severely malnourished aliens. It was decided that the aliens, now referred to as ‘prawns,’ were to live on Earth in government restricted camps, formally known as District 9. As the opening of the movie continues, it is explained how the prawns may never be able to go home due to an inoperable ship and have to live in unity with humans. Unfortunately, there was peaceful living among the two species and as humans began to riot, District 9 had no choice but to move the prawn’s location under the guidance of MNU, Multi-National United. The operation was overseen by an MNU field operative named Wikus vander Merwe. As the eviction notices began to take place, some of prawns did not react well the mission became chaotic. As Wikus filmed his journey through District 9, he talked about things he saw in the prawn’s homes, including many weapons, hanging cows for nourishment, and in one particular house, a canister…...

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