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Elysium Reviews

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Bryan Bishop
The Verge

Neill Blomkamp has created a beautifully designed and realized world. If only he'd spent half as much time focusing on the people that inhabit it.

Full Review Source: The Verge

January 22, 2014
Wesley Morris
Grantland
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Any thematic audacity is snuffed out by action sequences that you can now buy at Dollar General.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 3, 2014
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

With "Elysium," Blomkamp not only fills the film with enough exciting action to make it fly by, but he also provides an interesting commentary on the continuing division of classes, turning it into something more than your average monotonous action flick.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 4/5

December 16, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

While not the slam-dunk that his first film was, Neill Blomkamp has created a compelling vision of a wealth-dominated future.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 15, 2013
Lauren Carroll Harris
Concrete Playground

Blomkamp delivers blockbusters based in empathy and political smarts that actually aspire to be more than insulting filmic pollution.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 8/10

October 15, 2013
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

After District 9, this is a little bit of a disappointment... but a must-see for fans of the genre.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 4/5

October 5, 2013
Eric Eisenberg
CinemaBlend.com

Damon once again shows why he is one of the best lead actors we have.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

[Blomkamp] really needs to learn that too much action blunts his more interesting statements.

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

September 13, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Blomkamp has toned down the body horror in favour of more conventional thrills but handles the shootouts and slugfests with panache. His tale of haves and have nots remains a striking and thought-provoking parable, even if it doesn't fully add up.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

September 7, 2013
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The occasionally interesting script is bludgeoned by its heavy-handed political pandering.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C+

September 6, 2013
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

The logic in the film's dystopian universe seems flimsy under moderate scrutiny. But at least it's ambitious in its attempt to mix sci-fi conventions with social commentary.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

August 30, 2013
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

The film is to be commended for its thought provoking premise - something we haven't seen in many films over the U.S. summer.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B

August 27, 2013
David Katz
Electric Sheep

A project over-designed yet under-thought.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

August 25, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Depressingly predictable in its ideas and tedious in its boneheaded brutality.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

August 25, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

The best parts of this 'parallel universe' experience are aesthetic.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 4/5

August 23, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Neill Blomkamp cements his science-fiction credentials as a filmmaker with a genre vision the likes of which we haven't seen since the socially conscious SF of the 1970s.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

August 23, 2013
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com

As he did with District 9, South African filmmaker Blomkamp grounds this sci-fi thriller in present-day society, telling a story that resonates with a strong political kick.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 23, 2013
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

It's a long time since any major studio closed the silly season with a $115 million Marxist polemic.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 23, 2013
David Sexton
This is London

Just as the creation of a future nightmare, one that disturbingly resembles the world we already know, Elysium is masterful - definitely worth seeing.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

August 23, 2013
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

It's great to watch an original blockbuster with some ideas in its head. It's just a pity, and a ironic, that for a film about humanity there's not more human interest.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

August 23, 2013
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