CGM Reviews: Elysium

For anyone who enjoyed Neill Blomkamp’s rather brilliant genre-hopping apartheid bug-eyed sci-fi monster flick District 9, his follow up Elysium has been one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer. In an age when blockbusters must come along with an established brand name to get the required budgets, here was a movie that promised to add originality and maybe even a little social commentary to a massive popcorn flick. The good news is that Blomkamp confirms himself to be a major technical talent with a taste for subtext. The bad news is that Elysium can’t quite live up to the standard set by his debut. Ah well, the film is still one of the better blockbusters of the season and as far as sophomore slumps go, Blomkamp could have done so much worse.

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