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Elysium Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 23, 2013
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.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
August 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 23, 2013
It's a long time since any major studio closed the silly season with a $115 million Marxist polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
August 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
August 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
August 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2013
This is a film with potentially interesting ideas undone by underdeveloped world building.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 22, 2013
You don't know where to look next, or to listen, in this movie. Every actor seems to have come from a different rehearsal room.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 22, 2013
Once the narrative grinds into gear ... the film's distinctive quality is lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
August 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 21, 2013
A directorial oddity.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2013
The rich have better insurance in solid but flawed action film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
August 21, 2013
Could have been so much more than it is
Andy Lea
Daily Star
August 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
August 21, 2013
In a disappointing season of bloated blockbusters, Elysium stands tall, a first-rate sci-fi thriller given extra heft by a heartening moral core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2013
Although many will enjoy the grisly violence and Damon's understated performance, what's most striking here is this one's fearless satire, and how it unexpectedly mirrors the situation in Australia when it comes to 'boat people.'
| Original Score: 3.5/5
August 20, 2013
Packed with action and jarring visual toggles between the lives of the haves and the squalor of the have-nots, writer/director Neil Bloomkamp essentially overlays the concept of Fritz Lang's Metropolis with a ripping, ultra-violent class war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Carnevale
The List
August 20, 2013
For the most part, Elysium is a thrilling blockbuster that marries intelligence with spectacle to striking effect and confirms Blomkamp as the new king of the genre in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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