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Elysium Reviews

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Dan Mecca
The Film Stage
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
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
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.
Jeff Beck
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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
Lauren Carroll Harris
Concrete Playground
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
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
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
Eric Eisenberg
October 3, 2013
Damon once again shows why he is one of the best lead actors we have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
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.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 23, 2013
The best parts of this 'parallel universe' experience are aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Matthew Turner
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
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