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District 9 (2009)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  poverty,  racism,  military,  escape,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:allegory,  mockumentary,  gore
Locations:slum,  laboratory,  africa,  hospital
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:2000s
Story:extraterrestrial robot,  extraterrestrial intelligence,  slum lord,  genetic mutation,  government scientist,  refugee camp,  execution style shooting,  saved from execution,  johannesburg south africa,  birthday party,  robot suit,  south africa,  happy birthday to you,  military convoy,  birthday cake,  blood on camera lens,  gun battle,  handheld camera,  alien child,  alien spacecraft,  alien intelligence,  alien language,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  alien race,  american soldier,  character's point of view camera shot,  talking to the camera,  looking at the camera,  video camera,  subjective camera,  surprise party,  human transforms into a creature,  corrupting influence of capitalism,  weapons technology,  sociology professor,  first time actor,  weapons testing,  number 9 in title,  human test subject,  traced call,  bullet dodging,  corporate corruption,  self consciousness,  eyes different color,  tractor beam,  fingernail cut off,  rioting,  hotwire,  representative,  lab experiment,  prawn,  power armor,  weapons dealer,  title appears in text,  bomb making,  disinformation,  secret experiment,  racial profiling,  tentacles,  agreement,  realistic,  exclusion,  self awareness,  inequality,  nigerian,  arm blown off,  speciesism,  pet food,  pact,  relocation,  scientific experiment,  mothership,  body torn apart,  interspecies sex,  shaky cam,  moral ambiguity,  media manipulation,  medical experiment,  snorricam,  father in law,  knocked out with a gun butt,  evil corporation,  megacorporation,  arm sling,  father in law son in law relationship,  whistleblower,  segregation,  starship,  choice,  equality,  genetics,  fight the system,  cinema verite,  based on short film,  role reversal,  finger cut off,  apartheid,  karma,  dna,  hit by a truck,  metamorphosis,  broken window,  unlikely hero,  mecha,  intolerance,  head blown off,  hit in the face,  metaphor,  eviction,  extraterrestrial,  oppression,  translator,  media coverage,  blood on shirt,  laser gun,  car chase,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  severed leg,  gunfire,  rpg,  flamethrower,  alienation,  injustice,  mutation,  bigotry,  bulletproof vest,  concentration camp,  hologram,  exploding head,  ghetto,  special forces,  title appears in writing,  discrimination,  superstition,  chaos,  hatred,  target practice,  bloody nose,  buddy,  civil rights,  social commentary,  rocket launcher,  told in flashback,  loss of loved one,  witchcraft,  fake documentary,  self mutilation,  what happened to epilogue,  machete,  hand grenade,  missile,  machismo,  ak 47,  riot,  subtitled scene,  refugee,  directorial debut,  severed arm,  mercenary,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  government,  employer employee relationship,  cover up,  fugitive,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  transformation,  news report,  execution,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  weapon,  gang,  shot in the back,  prostitution,  robot,  birthday,  running,  held at gunpoint,  lie,  vomiting,  gunfight,  battle,  camera,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  digit in title,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  number in title,  two word title,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  interview,  violence

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:soldier
Period:2000s
Story:shaky cam,  knocked out with a gun butt,  unlikely hero,  car chase,  gatling gun,  flamethrower,  rpg,  special forces,  chaos,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  hand grenade,  machismo,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  danger,  shot in the leg,  news report,  execution,  child in peril,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  two word title,  violence,  murder

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Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:human versus alien,  alien race,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  extraterrestrial,  gatling gun,  severed leg,  special forces,  machete,  hand grenade,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  danger,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence,  blood

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory,  hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:happy birthday to you,  blood on camera lens,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  corporate corruption,  knocked out with a gun butt,  megacorporation,  evil corporation,  whistleblower,  fight the system,  dna,  hit by a truck,  head blown off,  blood on shirt,  car chase,  gatling gun,  severed leg,  bulletproof vest,  special forces,  hatred,  social commentary,  self mutilation,  hand grenade,  subtitled scene,  severed arm,  mercenary,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  fugitive,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  gang,  shot in the back,  running,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  murder

Chappie (2015) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Chappie (2015)

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  torture,  betrayal
Locations:slum,  laboratory,  africa
Story:robot,  johannesburg south africa,  south africa,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  megacorporation,  based on short film,  media coverage,  gatling gun,  rpg,  bulletproof vest,  title appears in writing,  target practice,  social commentary,  rocket launcher,  told in flashback,  ak 47,  riot,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  employer employee relationship,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  news report,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  weapon,  gang,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  interview

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Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

A youth chooses manhood. The week Sam Witwicky starts college, the Decepticons make trouble in Shanghai. A presidential envoy believes it's because the Autobots are around; he wants them gone. He's wrong: the Decepticons need access to Sam's mind to see some glyphs imprinted there that will lead them to a fragile object that, when inserted in an alien machine hidden in Egypt for centuries, will give them the power to blow out the sun. Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela Banes, and Sam's parents are in danger. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are Sam's principal protectors. If one of them goes down, what becomes of Sam? This is why Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009). (Read More)

Themes:military,  fear
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:2000s
Story:extraterrestrial robot,  blood on camera lens,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  alien race,  american soldier,  unlikely hero,  head blown off,  media coverage,  car chase,  special forces,  chaos,  rocket launcher,  missile,  machismo,  subtitled scene,  severed arm,  mercenary,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  fugitive,  danger,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  news report,  no opening credits,  robot,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence,  flashback

The 5th Wave (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:refugee camp,  human versus alien,  alien race,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  fight the system,  chaos,  target practice,  social commentary,  loss of loved one,  self mutilation,  ak 47,  refugee,  dystopia,  self sacrifice,  shot in the leg,  news report,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  digit in title,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  chase,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  number in title,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  blood

Hardcore Henry (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:blood on camera lens,  gun battle,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  shaky cam,  knocked out with a gun butt,  head blown off,  car chase,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  flamethrower,  bulletproof vest,  exploding head,  chaos,  rocket launcher,  self mutilation,  machete,  hand grenade,  machismo,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  directorial debut,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  fugitive,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  shot in the back,  robot,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  violence

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Lone Survivor (2013) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Period:2000s
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  choice,  gatling gun,  special forces,  rocket launcher,  self mutilation,  machete,  hand grenade,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  self sacrifice,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  running,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  camera,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  two word title,  flashback,  murder,  violence,  blood

Spectral (2016)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Spectral (2016)

Civil Unrest in the European country of Moldova has US forces engaging the insurgents however there is a new threat who has decided both are their enemy. This new threat resides in an alternative spectrum that makes them invisible to the naked eye and instant death to anyone confronting them. Locals believe they are Spirits of War but others believe they are superior arms technology fabricated by the Moldova government.. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  fear
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  translator,  laser gun,  gatling gun,  bulletproof vest,  special forces,  superstition,  target practice,  social commentary,  rocket launcher,  hand grenade,  ak 47,  directorial debut,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  government,  danger,  child in peril,  robot,  held at gunpoint,  battle,  camera,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder,  blood,  violence

Enemy Mine (1985)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. This is why Enemy Mine (1985) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  military,  escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:hatred,  battle,  alien spacecraft,  alien language,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  alien race,  pact,  choice,  metamorphosis,  intolerance,  extraterrestrial,  laser gun,  social commentary,  danger,  spaceship,  child in peril,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder,  blood,  violence

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13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:subjective camera,  translator,  car chase,  rpg,  bulletproof vest,  special forces,  chaos,  rocket launcher,  what happened to epilogue,  machete,  machismo,  ak 47,  riot,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  news report,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  camera,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  digit in title,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  number in title,  murder,  violence,  blood

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:racism,  escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  hit by a truck,  hand grenade,  machismo,  ak 47,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  fugitive,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  news report,  no opening credits,  gang,  shot in the back,  birthday,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  party,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  two word title,  blood,  violence,  murder

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  knocked out with a gun butt,  gatling gun,  rpg,  bulletproof vest,  special forces,  hatred,  social commentary,  rocket launcher,  loss of loved one,  machete,  hand grenade,  missile,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  danger,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  weapon,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:escape,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Story:blood on camera lens,  blood on shirt,  car chase,  rpg,  bulletproof vest,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  self mutilation,  machismo,  subtitled scene,  cover up,  fugitive,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  digit in title,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  party,  explosion,  photograph,  number in title,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  murder

Machete Kills (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. This is why Machete Kills (2013) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:blood on camera lens,  hit by a truck,  laser gun,  car chase,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  severed leg,  flamethrower,  hologram,  machete,  missile,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  news report,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:military,  torture,  betrayal
Locations:africa
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:extraterrestrial robot,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  alien race,  american soldier,  body torn apart,  laser gun,  car chase,  gatling gun,  bulletproof vest,  exploding head,  special forces,  chaos,  rocket launcher,  missile,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  employer employee relationship,  cover up,  shot in the leg,  news report,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  weapon,  shot in the back,  robot,  held at gunpoint,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  blood

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  betrayal
Story:birthday cake,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  megacorporation,  fight the system,  car chase,  hologram,  chaos,  social commentary,  missile,  subtitled scene,  dystopia,  exploding body,  cover up,  fugitive,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  camera,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  digit in title,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  number in title,  murder,  blood,  violence,  flashback

Rogue One (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Rogue One (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:weapon,  alien intelligence,  alien language,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  knocked out with a gun butt,  starship,  fight the system,  laser gun,  wilhelm scream,  hologram,  hatred,  social commentary,  loss of loved one,  subtitled scene,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  danger,  on the run,  execution,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  robot,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  number in title,  two word title,  flashback,  murder,  violence

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:military,  escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:gun battle,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  unlikely hero,  media coverage,  bulletproof vest,  special forces,  target practice,  self mutilation,  hand grenade,  missile,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  mercenary,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  danger,  shot in the leg,  transformation,  news report,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. This is why War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  torture,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:2000s
Story:refugee camp,  military convoy,  human versus alien,  alien race,  video camera,  broken window,  extraterrestrial,  chaos,  rocket launcher,  hand grenade,  riot,  refugee,  exploding body,  danger,  spaceship,  child in peril,  battle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  voice over narration,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence,  blood

World War Z (2013)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

World War Z (2013)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:chaos,  hit by a truck,  unlikely hero,  gatling gun,  flamethrower,  mutation,  special forces,  machete,  hand grenade,  missile,  ak 47,  riot,  subtitled scene,  refugee,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  shot in the forehead,  news report,  child in peril,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence,  blood,  flashback

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  fear,  betrayal
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  hit by a truck,  unlikely hero,  car chase,  special forces,  told in flashback,  missile,  subtitled scene,  mercenary,  fugitive,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  news report,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  blood,  flashback

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Doomsday (2008)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Doomsday (2008)

A lethal virus spreads throughout Scotland, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands. To contain the threat, acting authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The quarantine is successful. Three decades later, the Reaper virus violently resurfaces in London. An elite group of specialists, including Eden Sinclair, is urgently dispatched into Scotland to retrieve a cure by any means necessary. Shut off from the rest of the world, the unit must battle through a landscape that has become a waking nightmare. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  torture,  fear
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory,  hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:blood on camera lens,  knocked out with a gun butt,  head blown off,  media coverage,  car chase,  special forces,  chaos,  hand grenade,  machismo,  riot,  mercenary,  dystopia,  exploding body,  government,  shot in the leg,  news report,  child in peril,  gang,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  violence,  blood,  murder

Allegiant (2016) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  fear,  betrayal
Characters:soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  knocked out with a gun butt,  genetics,  fight the system,  laser gun,  bulletproof vest,  hologram,  chaos,  target practice,  social commentary,  missile,  dystopia,  cover up,  fugitive,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  execution,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  murder

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. This is why Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  evil corporation,  megacorporation,  fight the system,  gatling gun,  severed leg,  hologram,  chaos,  hatred,  social commentary,  rocket launcher,  machete,  hand grenade,  missile,  ak 47,  severed arm,  mercenary,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  running,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  violence,  murder,  blood,  flashback

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Avatar (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Avatar (2009)

When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  military,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:allegory
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:human versus alien,  battle,  interspecies sex,  megacorporation,  starship,  dna,  mecha,  extraterrestrial,  translator,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  hologram,  social commentary,  machete,  missile,  subtitled scene,  mercenary,  self sacrifice,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  weapon,  robot,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  violence

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Story:blood on shirt,  ghetto,  hatred,  told in flashback,  machismo,  directorial debut,  execution,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  gang,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  party,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  number in title,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  violence

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  torture
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:blood on camera lens,  megacorporation,  evil corporation,  hit by a truck,  car chase,  mutation,  bulletproof vest,  hologram,  special forces,  rocket launcher,  hand grenade,  mercenary,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  violence

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The Condemned (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Condemned (2007)

The story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Period:2000s
Story:gun battle,  shaky cam,  special forces,  title appears in writing,  social commentary,  loss of loved one,  machismo,  ak 47,  dystopia,  exploding body,  shot in the back,  vomiting,  gunfight,  battle,  camera,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  murder,  violence

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. This is why American Assassin (2017) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  torture,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory,  hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:blood on camera lens,  gun battle,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  knocked out with a gun butt,  car chase,  hologram,  special forces,  chaos,  hatred,  target practice,  loss of loved one,  machismo,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  mercenary,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  news report,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  two word title,  interview,  murder,  violence,  blood,  flashback

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  betrayal
Story:megacorporation,  fight the system,  oppression,  media coverage,  car chase,  gatling gun,  bulletproof vest,  hologram,  self mutilation,  severed arm,  dystopia,  exploding body,  fugitive,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  news report,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  robot,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  interview,  violence,  murder,  flashback

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G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:military,  torture,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:soldier
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  dna,  media coverage,  gatling gun,  bulletproof vest,  special forces,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  self mutilation,  hand grenade,  missile,  ak 47,  mercenary,  exploding body,  cover up,  on the run,  news report,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  chase,  party,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  flashback,  murder

Astro Boy (2009)
Action, Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Astro Boy (2009)

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  betrayal
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien race,  robot,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  unlikely hero,  wilhelm scream,  flamethrower,  hologram,  social commentary,  loss of loved one,  missile,  severed arm,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  fugitive,  on the run,  transformation,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  held at gunpoint,  battle,  machine gun,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:military,  torture
Locations:hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:american soldier,  character's point of view camera shot,  translator,  rpg,  bulletproof vest,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  what happened to epilogue,  hand grenade,  missile,  machismo,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  news report,  execution,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  party,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  violence

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". This is why Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  torture,  fear,  betrayal
Locations:laboratory,  africa
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:human versus alien,  knocked out with a gun butt,  media coverage,  car chase,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  flamethrower,  bulletproof vest,  special forces,  chaos,  hatred,  rocket launcher,  self mutilation,  hand grenade,  missile,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  employer employee relationship,  cover up,  danger,  transformation,  news report,  spaceship,  child in peril,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  camera,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  party,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  interview,  violence

Skyline (2010) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Skyline (2010)

Jarrod and his pregnant girlfriend Elaine travel to Los Angeles to meet his old friend and successful entrepreneur Terry, and his wife Candice. Terry gives a party in his apartment for Jarrod and offers a job position to him in LA. Terry's assistant and lover Denise (Crystal Reed) and his friend Ray (Neil Hopkins) sleep on the couch in the living room, but in the dawn of the next morning, the group is awakened by mysterious beams of blue light. Ray stares at the light and is taken by the mysterious force. The group of friends try to escape from the alien invaders. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:birthday party,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  wilhelm scream,  mutation,  chaos,  rocket launcher,  missile,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  birthday,  running,  vomiting,  camera,  urination,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  chase,  party,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male

V/h/s/2 (2013)
Horror, Thriller

V/h/s/2 (2013)

Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:alien
Story:birthday party,  blood on camera lens,  character's point of view camera shot,  video camera,  subjective camera,  medical experiment,  head blown off,  self mutilation,  subtitled scene,  exploding body,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  interview,  murder

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The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:gore
Story:fight the system,  hit by a truck,  media coverage,  blood on shirt,  gatling gun,  bulletproof vest,  ghetto,  special forces,  chaos,  hatred,  social commentary,  self mutilation,  machete,  hand grenade,  ak 47,  mercenary,  dystopia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  government,  fugitive,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  news report,  no opening credits,  gang,  shot in the back,  running,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  blood

Riddick (2013)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Riddick (2013)

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:alien
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  head blown off,  laser gun,  severed leg,  bulletproof vest,  hologram,  exploding head,  title appears in writing,  machete,  machismo,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  fugitive,  spaceship,  shot in the back,  running,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder

Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. This is why Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:allegory,  gore
Characters:soldier
Period:2000s
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  video camera,  subjective camera,  megacorporation,  fight the system,  karma,  media coverage,  blood on shirt,  bulletproof vest,  chaos,  hatred,  social commentary,  ak 47,  riot,  mercenary,  dystopia,  self sacrifice,  government,  cover up,  danger,  shot in the leg,  news report,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  party,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  murder,  violence,  flashback,  blood

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Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Themes:escape,  fear
Characters:alien
Story:human versus alien,  alien race,  character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  extraterrestrial,  laser gun,  mutation,  hologram,  chaos,  social commentary,  subtitled scene,  exploding body,  fugitive,  danger,  news report,  spaceship,  child in peril,  held at gunpoint,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  cult film,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence,  blood

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:poverty,  escape,  torture,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Period:2000s
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  hit by a truck,  unlikely hero,  blood on shirt,  injustice,  hatred,  social commentary,  riot,  directorial debut,  cover up,  danger,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  gang,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  interview,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence

Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Action, Sci-fi

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien spacecraft,  human versus alien,  nigerian,  shaky cam,  extraterrestrial,  media coverage,  blood on shirt,  bulletproof vest,  chaos,  rocket launcher,  hand grenade,  missile,  mercenary,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  news report,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  shot in the back,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  party,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  violence

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Gamer (2009) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gamer (2009)

Ken Castle is extremely rich, popular and powerful since he invented and started exploiting the virtual online parallel reality games, in which people can either pay as user or be paid as 'actor' in a system of mind-control. The ultimate version, Slayers, fields death row convicts as gladiators in a desperate dim bid for survival, which no-one made yet. The champion, John 'Kable' Tillman, was scheduled to die just before he'ld gain release, but he persuades his teenage 'handler' to hand over the reins so he can fully use his talents and experience. Thus Kable escapes to freedom, only to be chased illegally by Castle's men, yet fights back all the way to his HQ and challenges his evil hidden plans. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:hit by a truck,  head blown off,  car chase,  exploding head,  target practice,  machismo,  dystopia,  exploding body,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  child in peril,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  urination,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  black comedy,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback,  murder

Self/less (2015)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. This is why Self/less (2015) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:laboratory
Story:character's point of view camera shot,  subjective camera,  fight the system,  unlikely hero,  car chase,  flamethrower,  social commentary,  mercenary,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  fugitive,  on the run,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  held at gunpoint,  lie,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  flashback

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

After stopping off at Starbase Yorktown, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, is destroyed by an unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves fighting against a ruthless enemy with a well-earned hatred of the Federation and everything it stands for. Only a rebellious alien warrior can help them reunite and leave the planet to stop this deadly menace from beginning a possible galactic war. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:alien
Story:hatred,  birthday party,  alien language,  alien technology,  alien race,  starship,  translator,  laser gun,  wilhelm scream,  mutation,  hologram,  subtitled scene,  self sacrifice,  danger,  transformation,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  weapon,  shot in the back,  birthday,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  chase,  party,  explosion,  photograph,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

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The Expendables (2010)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  torture,  betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:video camera,  shaky cam,  knocked out with a gun butt,  head blown off,  car chase,  bulletproof vest,  exploding head,  title appears in writing,  special forces,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  machete,  missile,  machismo,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  mercenary,  exploding body,  shot in the leg,  execution,  shot in the back,  held at gunpoint,  vomiting,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  murder

Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like District 9 (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  betrayal
Locations:laboratory
Story:bomb making,  unlikely hero,  gatling gun,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  hand grenade,  ak 47,  subtitled scene,  employer employee relationship,  cover up,  fugitive,  danger,  on the run,  news report,  no opening credits,  running,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  battle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  explosion,  photograph,  violence,  flashback,  murder

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)

After the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that leveled Chicago, humanity thinks that all alien robots are a threat. So Harold Attinger, a CIA agent, establishes a unit whose sole purpose is to hunt down all of them. But it turns out that they are aided by another alien robot who is searching for Optimus Prime. Cade Yeager, a "robotics expert", buys an old truck and upon examining it, he thinks it's a Transformer. When he powers it up, he discovers it's Optimus Prime. Later, men from the unit show up looking for Optimus. He helps Yeager and his daughter Tessa escape but are pursued by the hunter. They escape and Yeager learns from technology he took from the men that a technology magnate and defense contractor named Joshua Joyce is part of what's going on, so they go to find out what's going on. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien
Story:extraterrestrial robot,  alien technology,  battle,  extraterrestrial,  laser gun,  car chase,  gatling gun,  severed leg,  hologram,  exploding head,  special forces,  chaos,  hand grenade,  missile,  subtitled scene,  severed arm,  mercenary,  exploding body,  government,  fugitive,  on the run,  transformation,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  robot,  running,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  flashback,  murder,  violence

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