Elysium Reviews

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January 3, 2014
Any thematic audacity is snuffed out by action sequences that you can now buy at Dollar General.
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.
August 22, 2013
Once the narrative grinds into gear ... the film's distinctive quality is lost.
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?
August 14, 2013
Like Max, the movie has to keep moving, and Mr. Blomkamp lets you fill in the gaps yourself as it progresses. Or not.
August 9, 2013
Though Elysium is a testament to Blomkamp's extraordinary skill as a visual filmmaker, it does not speak nearly so well for his gifts as a writer.
August 9, 2013
In a summer of antiseptic effects spectacles, Elysium stands out for its grime and intensity, as well as the bluntness of its class allegory.
August 9, 2013
The action is bludgeoning.
August 9, 2013
A cautionary tale about the dangers of squandering resources that wastes its own talent.
August 9, 2013
If Elysium is an example of how recession-era Hollywood intends to dramatize the rift between the haves and the have-nots, let's hope the studios don't also bring back Smell-O-Rama.
August 9, 2013
An epic about saving humanity that feels more manufactured than human.
August 9, 2013
It's like one of those bad "Star Trek" episodes, when Gene Roddenberry stopped everything on the bridge so he could lecture us about the Cold War.
August 8, 2013
This is one of the better action films of the year.
August 8, 2013
Although the pulp energy that Blomkamp brings to this material makes it consistently watchable, the film doesn't feel as singular as we would have hoped.
August 8, 2013
Few mainstream moviemakers have painted as sprawling and densely detailed a portrait of humanity in extremis as Blomkamp does here.
August 8, 2013
Does a little, sometimes shockingly little, with a lot.
August 8, 2013
Among the slew of recent futuristic hell-in-a-handbasket spectacles, Elysium takes the cake.
August 8, 2013
Makes clear that Blomkamp is a genuine visionary who's trying to push the envelope of possibility in mainstream popcorn cinema.
August 8, 2013
The movie's blue-collar aesthetic, impressive in its vision and kinetics, lacks emotional variety and humor.
August 8, 2013
Damon's presence greatly alleviates the been-there feel of this Elysium excursion, which starts to run out of steam when the usual explosive heroics kick in.
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