District 9 certainly wears its influences on its sleeve. It has the grittiness of Cloverfield, a touch of The Fly, a dab of Alien Nation and a big dose of social commentary about Apartheid. The poster gives the impression it’s going to be another Independence Day, but thankfully it’s not.
The film shows humans at their worst, but looking back through history you can just see this type of thing happening. Being based in South Africa just adds to the weight of the story.
It’s a really cool film and makes a change from the super-slick Hollywood Sci-Fi stuff.