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Elysium Reviews

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Jeff Beck

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: | 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

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 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
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
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

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: | 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
Neil Pond
American Profile

A ripping, gripping fable about two worlds in a dreary future that doesn't seem as far out of synch with today, or as far away, as we might like to think.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2013
Matthew Turner

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9 is an engaging, fast-paced Sci-Fi thriller with a strong script, gripping action set-pieces, superb special effects work and a terrific central performance from Matt Damon.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2013
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies

A confident sidestep from District 9 rather than an ambitious leap forward, Elysium confirms Blomkamp as an expert genre director. Question is now: can he become more?

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2013
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

A directorial oddity.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

August 21, 2013
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

In lesser hands, Elysium might have played like a Lib Dem manifesto with extra spaceships, but the South African filmmaker wants to explore ideas, not wave placards, and whether or not you agree with the film's politics, the fire in its belly is catching.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

August 21, 2013
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

The rich have better insurance in solid but flawed action film

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

There are eye-catching special effects and some tantalising early scenes. But Blomkamp seems to have got lost in his big pile of Hollywood dollars

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

August 21, 2013
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