has a premise that can't be beat: After aliens descended on Johannesburg (the narration seems almost flattered that the aliens didn't choose Chicago, Washington or New York), they are cordoned off in a shanty town known as District 9. Vikus (Sharlto Copley), a corporate lackey assigned to the location, gets infected with alien DNA, which makes him a moving target for interests that seek to exploit alien biotechnology. This leads to actions and explosions that rival the most bombastic of summer releases and makes for District 9
's fatal flaw. The plot's emphasis on action over ideas is a disservice to a premise ripe for allegory and imagination. Expertly handled though they are, the action sequences are what's memorable, and therefore not that memorable at all.