Full District 9 Theatrical Trailer


As you may know, we’re pretty excited about Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 here at Film Junk, but although the first trailer was extremely impressive, there are clearly still a number of unknowns surrounding this project. Sure, the faux documentary style looks completely convincing and the social allegory is thoughtful, but what is the actual story here? How will it play out? Are we just going to be watching 90 minutes of fake news footage?

Well the full theatrical trailer for District 9 just went online over at Yahoo! today, and it attempts to answer a lot of these questions for us. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say that the latter half of the trailer should convince anyone that this is a must-see movie that rightfully belongs alongside all the other summer blockbusters. The comparisons to Cloverfield are going to run rampant, but I say, bring ‘em on! District 9 hits theatres on August 14th; check out the new trailer after the jump.

» Related Link: Yahoo!: District 9 Theatrical Trailer

  • Halo sucks!

    Whoops, forgot where I was there for a second.

  • great! now I got a boner I can’t get rid of….oh wait, I watched the Revenge of the Fallen trailer and it went away.

  • Henrik

    Can’t fucking wait to see this.

  • Damn straight – this will be the biggest and best movie of the year.

  • swarez

    Holy shit sauce! This looks fantastic.
    It also looks like the documentary look is only a fraction of the story and the rest is “regular”.

  • Reading through the plot synopsis, it seems the film is even more Alien Nation then I originally thought. Not that that is a bad thing by any means. Especially with a trailer that looks that fantastic.

  • dunk

    This is the only film i’ve been waiting for all summer. This trailer delivers in so many ways.

  • ToeFu

    I can’t wait. I just saw Moon and loved it so I’m hoping this is the summer of proper quality sci-fi.

  • Raph

    I loved the documentary style of the early trailers, but this one seems more action orientated. Hope the movie will be a perfect mix of the two.

  • Looks so damn good.

  • Dexter Morgan

    this trailer is fan-frickin-tastic and i cannot wait to see this movie – i love the style and the effects look awe-mazing.

    if anyone doesnt mind possible SPOILERS –

    (if you do DONT READ ON and dont complain that i spoiled anything, i warned you and this is just throwing a shot in the dark)

    – it seems that if you take a slower/closer look at the trailer you’ll find the dude that gets sprayed in the face might play a pretty life-changing role…if you get my meaning.

  • Glendon

    I’m not loving it as much as the teaser. Still going to see it.

  • Neil M

    Ahhhughhhaughhauyou folks have a towel?

  • Steven C.

    This is going to be awesome, and it appears to be quite a unique take on the alien from space type of film.

  • mrbenning

    This might be the movie that drags me out to a proper, non-second-run theater this summer.

  • bullet3

    Awesome! Thank god an original idea managed to get through hollywood, and it’s rated r for violence, which is so rare for sci-fi movies these days. God I hope this thing becomes a huge hit.

  • fatbologna



  • Finally, I get to be the a**-hole that rains on everyone’s parade. So far, District 9 looks like an amalgamation of Alien Nation, Independence Day, Transformers, and The Goblin Man of Norway. With the size of the ship, I would bet that this movie is also playing fast and loose with science. Have Jay and Sean got you guys brainwashed? Ha ha.

    Glendon, what is it about the trailer that makes you apprehensive about it now? Is it the action elements?

  • Rusty James

    This is a good looking trailer but it also looks more conventional than I’d originally hoped.
    Maybe it’s inconsequential but I’m disappointed they dropped the pixilated faces and no subtitles.

  • Rusty James

    Sorry Reed yer obsolete now. What does CumOnAss have to say about it? that’s the question on everyone’s mind.

  • fatbologna

    Oh Mr. Farrington… your parents never taught you the meaning of the word ‘fun’ did they? ;)

  • Rusty: There are still subtitles in this trailer.

    Reed: “Playing fast and loose with science”? I am hoping you can expand on this for us.

  • Rusty James

    No no, I liked it better in the first trailer without the subtitles.

    Of course it all depends on the context it’s presented in the film. Maybe there’s a good reason for it.

  • you guys need to take Reed out on a Friday night and have him “Playing fast and loose” with the ladies. AND FILM IT PLEASE!! Seriously, Jay needs to get Reed in public and interacting with women like David Letterman does with Biff Henderson. Reed – I guarantee you would not regret it.

  • Glendon

    Hey Reed, it’s hard to put into words. It seems like the creators have dropped some of my favourite elements to make the movie easier to digest. As the action picks up the trailer loses all of its documentary styling. Which would be fine if the action impressed me. Beyond the truck ramming the alien, the alien catching the missile, and the bound alien getting socked in the face, the action looks like an incoherent mess. Worst of all most of the social elements regarding how aliens mesh with society seem to have been sidelined into exposition instead of being given serious attention like in the teaser. Before anyone jumps on me, I’m critiquing the trailer, not the movie which I haven’t yet seen.

  • Henrik

    I am glad that there is action in this movie. I loved the action in Alive in Joburg, and I would not be interested in some extremely low-budget ‘fake-news-reports-about-aliens’-feature film. That’s skit material. This looks like a kickass movie, with a slightly interesting social issue. But if you really want films that deal with social issues in a deep way, I recommend you don’t look for them among the american summer blockbusters featuring alien invasions! So a little is just fine, it’s the action and visual effects that is the backbone of this.

  • Rusty James

    @ if you really want films that deal with social issues in a deep way, I recommend you don’t look for them among the american summer blockbusters featuring alien invasions!

    This is a recent idea that’s entered into conventional wisdom. That scifi / alien invasion films must necessarily have little of substance to convey.
    Historically, scifi has been a great avenue for relevant biting social commentary and satire.

  • Glendon

    I’m not expecting this to be Spaceship Rwanda, nor do I want it to be. But the clash of aliens and humans represented through more than just violence, as well as the documentary format with which it’s presented, was what made the teaser fascinating. The humans in the teaser are much more interesting to me than the ones in this one. Maybe it’s just the editing choice to show such quick snippets of action that I can’t tell what’s happening. Compare that to the end of the other trailer where it dwells beautifully on the spaceship from the view of the helicopter.

  • Henrik

    Lets not kid ourselves Rusty, while I agree with what you write, what scifi movies are really that deep? Discounting 2001 as a beast on its own, is stuff like The Day The Earth Stood Still or Godzilla that extraordinary? I don’t think so, I think they exist as extravaganzas first, anything else second. Just as Dawn of the Dead isn’t really about consumerism, it’s really about zombies.

  • Rusty James

    I think Paul Verhoven’s films are pretty first rate social satire. Some people would say the same of Brazil.I think Tarkovsky made at least one deep scifi film. I just saw Moon the other night and there’s a lot of food for thought there.

    In fact, upon further reflection, despite todays predominient trends, there’s still people doing smart relevant scifi. Children of Men, A Scanner Darkly, Wall E (I know, I know, you hate pixar. But this isn’t supposed to be a list of Henrik’s favorite movies) BSG ( which you don’t like it for political reasons but is a well done show).

    You know what’s a really clever well done satirical scifi show? Futurama, probably one of the best comedy shows ever as well as a great scifi show.

    And in sci-fi literature and comics there’s even more relevent voices.

    Harlan Ellison, Arthur C. Clark, PK Dick, Heinlien, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Robert Anton Wilson, Stanislav Lem. Regardless of what you may think of those people they all had a lot to say. And of course HG Wells, the father of sci-fi. And Mary Shelly the mother of sci-fi.

    And Dawn of the Dead is about Consumerism. It’s a great movie because it works so well on two levels. Just like Robocop.

  • Rusty James

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

    And I love Rod Sterlings Twilight Zone.

  • To elaborate on my statement that District 9 will be “playing fast and loose with science”, anytime you deal with large spaceships in the Earth’s atmosphere and close to the ground, you need to consider the pressure that is exerted underneath it in order to keep it in the air. This pressure would exist regardless of the method used by the aliens to keep the ship in the air.

    In his book “Beyond Star Trek,” Lawrence Krauss did some conservative calculations for the ships in Independence Day and he determined that the ships could crush buildings just by flying over them. Even ships one-sixth the size of the ones in Independence Day would be able to crush buildings.

    Henrik, movies like The Day the Earth Stood Still and Godzilla are deep. There are simple core ideas in each of them that provoke the imagination. In the former, we have the notion that we are not alone in the universe and that our actions have consequences outside of our local concerns. In the latter, we have the notion that playing God with nuclear science is dangerous and may upset the balance of nature.

  • Henrik

    But RoboCop could not exist without the guy in the metal armor with the big gun, fighting crime. This is what I mean. I love RoboCop to death, but if I did not care for the action in it, I would not love it. All of these films might come with interesting ideas, but they all get put on hold for extended periods of action and violence. Children of Men you say? People seem to talk about the action scenes more than anything in that movie. BSG definitely puts whatever ideas it might put forward on hold for melodrama concerning not-dead pilots, close-ups of ears and lips during sex scenes, and intrigue surrounding double agents. The existentialism in RoboCop is completely forgotten about in the car chase, or in his first appearance to the public as a superhero. Do you see what I mean? It’s not that these films don’t have anything to say, it’s that they are compromising what they have to say in order to be more palatable and pleasing, and I love the good ones for it as much as the next guy, I’m just saying you better realize that is what they are, and if you think Children of Men is as deep as it gets, you’re terribly understimulated.

    Tarkovsky is a good one though. Got me there.

  • Henrik

    I haven’t seen Moon, but even an attempt like Sunshine, which seemed promising and had many interesting parts, had to put stuff on hold for plot scenes made to build suspense and make us care about characters. These scenes either work or they don’t in the film, which very well may determine if it’s good or bad, but fact is they are there.

  • Even the most hard core of science fiction novels have scenes in them that try to get the reader into caring about the characters. In fact, well written characters and an engaging plot is what separates good science fiction from technical manuals. The same is applied in movies.

    With District 9, my primary desire is to see a good movie, even a good sci-fi flick since Moon is probably not getting any sort of wide release. How many liberties it takes with the physical laws of nature is of little importance. I’d rather see a well-wrought tale.

  • ” In the latter, we have the notion that playing God with nuclear science is dangerous and may upset the balance of nature.”

    Which Godzilla are you talking about? Are you talking about the Toho films, because as far as I known those were just Japan’s response to American bug and monster films, which themselves played on nuclear phobia. There was very little science about any of those movies, the psychology of them lost to most people, and if any films are released for the lone purpose of making a quick buck, monster movies fit that bill. Shit, even Cloverfield was just a modern day Toho homage.

    Now, if you’re talking about Roland Emmerich’s film. . . .

  • Henrik

    “With District 9, my primary desire is to see a good movie, even a good sci-fi flick since Moon is probably not getting any sort of wide release. How many liberties it takes with the physical laws of nature is of little importance. I’d rather see a well-wrought tale.”

    I agree 100%. The only thing I see ruining this film for me, is if I have to hear assholes praising it for being the deepest most challenging sci-fi film to clear the skies in an era of non-challenging films.

  • Well, you might want to separate the film from its fans if that’s the case. How *you* would go about doing this is something only you can figure out. I just tune out the white noise of fandom, except to tweak the noses of Transformers fans. That’s just fun.

  • Read this on You-Know-Who’s site about this trailer:

    “Like I always say… don’t get too excited about a great looking trailer… The Phantom Menace may be the best trailer of all time… and look how that turned out.”

    Straw man created; straw man destroyed!

    What. . a. . .douche.

  • Goon

    Voldemort has an opinion on District 9, and its “I cant give anything this guy does any props without a negative qualifier”

  • I never really understood his whole hate on the Halo thing. I mean, he must be really terrible at the game. Or maybe he was made fun of by a bunch 12 year olds on Xbox Live. I’d actually pay money to hear that.

  • The discussion here about science and ideas in these films has been something I’ve been thinking hard on for the last week. I listen to this great podcast out of Santa Monica called The Business, and the latest shifts in Hollywood due to full corporate control and zero credit is very sobering:


    Anyway, I feel that great films in sci fi that both entertain and expand discussion & ideas have always been a push / pull between the purist creators and the suits. It seems with Corp. Hollywood’s reduce slate of films and the dependence of tie-ins it is going to be even harder for sci fi films with good science and ideas to slip through. Basically the way I see it, filmmakers have always been forced to sneak in thought provoking ideas around the bugs, spaceships and humanoids.

    I must admit this latest trailer for D9 does have some evidence of water downed ideas and a “suits” push for more action. Let’s hope for the best.

  • modesilver

    trailer looks amazing! i have this feeling that this movie will start a trend of some sort with alien movies or sci fi movies in general. can’t wait to watch this!

  • Yeah but the “suits” here would be Sony and I think they had as much “influence” over this film as New Line had over Lord of the Rings. Blomkamp is a visual effects director with some interesting ideas for how to present a story, hence why I’m into the guy. Plus, all this science talk is kind of irrelevant. District 9 is about segregation of an alien race and their apparent attempt to escape from a society that has imprisoned them as outcasts. What will be interesting to see is how humans even came up with the idea to segregate them into ghettos and what could possibly make them think it was a good idea. It’s socio-political ideas wrapped in a sci-fi shell, the same way that Children of Men was more about the break down of society than the science of reproduction.

    If you want a pretty decent science fiction story told visually, well, hate to say it but you should play Half-Life 2. Yeah it’s a game but a pretty damn good one and more of a science fiction based story than most movies released commercially.

  • Alright, here’s something to discuss. Some dude left this comment on Voldemort’s site regarding D9:

    “Second is that this was a damn good trailer & a movie that I was only, possibly, gonna matinee on a morning I don”t work is now gonna get a full price ticket outta me.”

    Why is paying a matinee price for what looks like a good movie a bad thing? Does paying full price for an 7:00 show enhance the movie? I know the crowd will be bigger but damn if isn’t modern movie crowds (at least in the city I live in) that aren’t ruining the experience for me. In the interest of full disclosure, Andrea (my fiancee) is a manager at a local Regal and I see all my movies for free and (sometimes) in private screenings. Still, I used to pay to see movies in theaters, and imagine that one day I will again. I was brought up on matinees. When I was a kid you spent the afternoon watching a movie, not the evening. Maybe that’s the difference between childhood and being an adult, but I don’t buy it. The movie is the same no matter what time of day you see it.


  • “New Line had over Lord of the Rings”
    – you should listen to the podcast I linked, they talk about the studios holding firm on Tintin that is Jackson and Spielberg!! Lord of the Rings is ancient history in terms of the current economic climate and the shift that is going on.

    “Plus, all this science talk is kind of irrelevant District 9 is about segregation of an alien race and their apparent attempt to escape from a society”
    – I don’t understand your point, all sci fi is about science and relating it tangentially to the here and now. D9 talking about immigration through the lens of sci fi is basic stuff.

  • I was more referring to Reed’s comment and the way the thread proceeded from that, leading up to your own. Tintin is one thing; District 9 might as well be a small indie film, though with its rather aggressive marketing both on-line and in LA I don’t think Sony is putting it out with the trash.

    Also, I don’t understand your point in saying exactly what I said with different words. You were talking about science in science fiction. District 9 is sci-fi, not exactly the same thing. That’s why I said all this talk about “science” is just spinning wheels. Again, I was more talking about the thread since Reed.

  • Moon is a small indy (and good example of indy sci fi), District 9 is not.

  • District 9 simply has a larger budget then MOON, but it is an Indie film.

  • Aaaaa, no its not

    District 9 – Peter Jackson, WingNut Films and TriStar Pictures,

    * In 2004, TriStar Pictures was relaunched as a marketing and acquisitions unit
    * The label will have a particular emphasis on genre films
    * Recent releases include: Not Easily Broken
    * Upcoming releases include: District 9

    Moon –
    Sony Pictures Classics

    * Sony Pictures Classics specializes in the acquisition, marketing, and distribution of prestigious foreign and American independent films
    * Recent releases include: Adoration, Tyson, and Every Little Step
    * Upcoming releases include: Moon, Whatever Works and Soul Power