If this upcoming film isn't already on your radar, it should be. Produced by "Lord Of The Rings" director Peter Jackson and adapted from director Neill Blomkamp’s short film (Alive In JoBurg) District 9 is a Cloverfield/Quarentine styled "mock-umentary" which focuses on an alternate reality where aliens have landed on Earth. While it sounds like we've been there and done this before don't be fooled. This is far from your typical alien invasion movie.
The film depicts a fictional world where extraterrestrials have become refugees in South Africa. Wikus (Sharlto Copley) is a Multi-National United agent who becomes infected by alien biotechnology. He must go on the run from the oppressive government into District 9, a internment camp where “non-humans” have been forced to live since landing on Earth nearly 30 years ago.
There's definitely something unsettling about this movie. The documentary style of the film is spot on and the undertones of our own issues with race and segregation only add to the creepy factor. Not to mention, the trailer just looks awesome. The hype machine may not be in overdrive for this one just yet, but I'm betting good money this is going to be one of 2009 sleeper hits.
District 9 will be in theaters on August 14th 2009.
There's also a pretty elaborate viral campaign for the film, which centers around this site, http://www.d-9.com/ which is at least worth a look.
Bonus: The short that District 9 is based on...
Alive In JoBurg (2005 short film)