Elysium Reviews

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August 27, 2019
First things first: Jodie Foster is officially no longer a two-time Oscar winner. There's no way anyone can do what she just did in Elysium and get to keep golden bookends.
June 4, 2019
Rich people live in space so that poor people don't make them feel bad.
March 2, 2019
Blomkamp hasn't disappointed. Once again weaving an original narrative with impressive visuals, Elysium proves to be a fine sophomore effort.
November 17, 2018
In the futuristic socialist saga Elysium, the audience pretty much are drawn to the similar Blomkamp blueprint - an elaborate and exquisite sci-fi entertainment drenched in visual wonderment with a meditative message about social inequality.
November 6, 2018
The normally brilliant Foster phones in a robotic, paper-thin performance, adding little complexity to an already rudimentary plot. All in all, the movie's just pretty good.
November 2, 2018
Elysium benefits from [Neil] Blomkamp's staunch determination to use his fantastical setting in service of a personal story with a human heart.
October 26, 2018
This picture is not as ground shaking as Blomkamp's first outing, but it is by no means a disappointing follow-up.
January 22, 2018
Pure dynamite. [Full review in Spanish]
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 15, 2013
Blomkamp delivers blockbusters based in empathy and political smarts that actually aspire to be more than insulting filmic pollution.
October 5, 2013
After District 9, this is a little bit of a disappointment... but a must-see for fans of the genre.
October 3, 2013
Damon once again shows why he is one of the best lead actors we have.
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.
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.
August 23, 2013
The best parts of this 'parallel universe' experience are aesthetic.
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.
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.
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