It has been 28 years since the alien ship stopped in the sky over Johannesburg. Unable to get home, the non-humans have been rounded up and placed in a highly-restricted area known as District 9. The non-humans, known as Prawns, live in slum-like conditions. To ease rising tensions between the locals and the non-humans, the government contracts a giant company, Multi National United, to move the Prawns to a new camp. MNU agent Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is thrilled to learn he will be in charge of the operation. But evicting the Prawns doesn't go as smoothly as expected. And when Van De Merwe finds something he shouldn't have found, he's no longer safe on either side of the District 9 fence in this documentary-style sci-fi thriller.