Thursday, August 01, 2013

'Elysium' Review

I was never that much of a fan of director Neill Blomkamp's first film, District 9. It featured an incredibly clever aliens-as-disenfranchised-minorities conceit that quickly devolved into yet another big sci-fi action shoot-'em-up. Blomkamp's new film, Elysium, again marries political commentary and large-scale action. This time around, though, the action is pretty stupendous while the social critique is only so-so. My review is up at Screen International.