District 9 Film Analysis

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For those who have not watched the film District 9, here is a quick summary of the movie. In 1982, aliens arrive on Earth, not to conquer or give aid, but to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is not concerned with the aliens' welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent Wikus contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9. The film was directed by Neill Blomkamp and starred Sharlto Copley(Wikus). It begins as a documentary style investigation and then as the film continues it becomes more conventional and character driven following Wikus and his transformation into a Prawn. The film’s main themes are Xenophobia and Segregation. Xenophobia is characterized by a negative attitude towards foreigners, a dislike, a fear, or a hatred. Segregation as most people know is a separation of people or objects from others. When picking a critical approach to use for this essay two stuck out to me, Biographical and Mimetic.
I chose biographical criticism to start with because I wanted to learn more about director Neill Blomkamp. I read many articles, biographies and interviews about the film producer. This quote is from an interview I found very informing. “District 9 explores the issue of segregation and xenophobia. At first it shows a perspective of trying to
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