Sound Off: Neill Blomkamp's Second Film 'Elysium' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
August 9, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "They will hunt you to the edge of the Earth for this." The 2013 summer of sci-fi concludes with Elysium, the second feature film from visionary filmmaker Neill Blomkamp who brought us the outstanding District 9 in 2009. This time Blomkamp has Matt Damon playing the unlikely hero in a future where the wealthy citizens of Earth reside on an orbiting space station that can cure any disease. Damon must confront the likes of Jodie Foster as the Secretary of Defense and her merc Sharlto Copley. If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Blomkamp's Elysium.
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To fuel the fire, I thoroughly enjoyed the visual spectacle of Elysium but was otherwise a bit let down with some of the story elements. There are some incredibly awesome fights and some kick ass sci-fi moments, which make it enjoyable. However, the rest of the story squeezed inbetween all that felt campy at times, forcing extra emotion into moments where it wasn't needed. Matt Damon is good, and Sharlto Copley as Kruger is such a badass, but the rest of the cast is a bit odd. Wagner Moura as Spider almost became too annoying, and I still can't figure out if Jodie Foster is that bad or that good. I love the world and creations that Blomkamp comes up with, and I do think his social commentary is apt and accurate. But there are too many dumb scenes in this for me to say I loved it as much as D9, but it is still a hell of an entertaining film.
What did you think of Blomkamp's Elysium? Better than District 9 or a sophomore blunder? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!