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Great Scenes – DISTRICT 9

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Continuing with our Exploding Heads series, we bring you 2009’s District 9, Neill Blomkamp‘s go-for-broke big-screen debut. When people die in this film, they die horribly – limbs flying hither and tither, aliens popping like balloons, and yes indeed – heads exploding. More than once. In case you haven’t seen the film here’s the plot in a nutshell: aliens (known locally as ‘Prawns’) have landed on Earth – South Africa to be exact – and they are in poor shape. We humans have set aside ‘districts’ to keep them in order, or better yet away from us. With that Apartheid vibe locked firmly in place we have our particular exploding head scene, as Poor Wikus Van De Merwe (played masterfully by Sharlto Copley) is tasked to relocate the ‘Prawns,’ from one district to another. He learns rather quickly this will be no easy task, and to complicate matters, he himself is slowly becoming a Prawn, thanks to Alien “black goo” (Take that Prometheus)! (moral of both stories: don’t touch alien stuff). To further complicate matters, some superstitious human locals believe that by eating his newly formed Prawn arm they will gain magical powers. Crazy, right? Seconds away from having his arm eaten, Wikus needs a miracle. And it comes in the form of some new-found Prawn friends, and the human tendency to stockpile weapons, even if they can only be operated by aliens. Yay! Human greed comes to Wikus’ rescue! Enjoy the mech madness – the head pop comes at the 1:05 mark.

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