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Elysium Reviews

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April 17, 2018
Such a progressive theme alone might not be enough to earn the movie an eye roll, but the cartoonish, Occupy-poster dialogue confirms it is.
March 8, 2018
This isn't a battle movie or a snazzy bit of political commentary, or even a plain upstairs v downstairs struggle for the nicest lawn, but a really weird high-budget healthcare drama in which President Obama could appear any minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2018
Pure dynamite. [Full review in Spanish]
October 20, 2017
... it's shallow on character development, the editing is not great, the ending is rushed, and Jodie Foster is allowed to get away with a really poor accent choice.
August 17, 2017
But for all the Sturm und Drang and whirling bits of plot and machinery, the sum of the film's many moving parts does not add up to a greater whole.
July 14, 2016
It seems to me that Elysium has its heroes and villains confused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 29, 2016
The big budget sci-fi action spectacle Elysium, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon, serves as a master class in how to make stupid look smart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 10, 2016
You can glide over the Metropolis-like parable and head right into the Mad Max mode. Damon as Max propels the film with muscles and intensity _ that first and the social commentary later is maybe a fair enough deal for our multiplex experience.
April 10, 2016
A limp, unoriginal, and disheveled script read by a cast that doesn't seem to be able to make any sense of it, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 15, 2015
It has no particular voice. It's too clotted with plot and strategy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2014
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.
January 3, 2014
Any thematic audacity is snuffed out by action sequences that you can now buy at Dollar General.
December 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
December 15, 2013
While not the slam-dunk that his first film was, Neill Blomkamp has created a compelling vision of a wealth-dominated future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 15, 2013
Blomkamp delivers blockbusters based in empathy and political smarts that actually aspire to be more than insulting filmic pollution.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 5, 2013
After District 9, this is a little bit of a disappointment... but a must-see for fans of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 3, 2013
Damon once again shows why he is one of the best lead actors we have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 13, 2013
[Blomkamp] really needs to learn that too much action blunts his more interesting statements.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 7, 2013
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.
September 6, 2013
The occasionally interesting script is bludgeoned by its heavy-handed political pandering.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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