This time, backed by a bigger budget and a more experienced cast, Blomkamp proves that his vision is indeed capable of sustaining a larger-scale story by delivering a carefully balanced mix of social commentary and innovative sci-fi action amidst completely immersive backdrops both down on Earth and up in the stars. The year isand the division between social classes has grown wider than ever before.
Could this be the start of a turning point back to the days when the spec script was king of Hollywood? On Elysium, people live in sprawling mansions and own Gucci med-bays that cure all illnesses, even old age.
Los Angeles, playground of the poor. Max wants nothing more than to travel to Elysium, but only the rich can go there, and Max is just a poor orphan. Soon enough Max has an accident at work that sees him take a lethal dose of radiation. With only five days to live, his only hope is to get to Elysium.
Jodie Foster as the strangely voiced Delacourt, Ice Queen extraordinaire. But Delacourt Jodie Foster makes that impossible. She accomplishes this not with an array of weaponry on board Elysium, but with a single sleeper agent on Earth — Kruger Sharlto Copley — who uses an over-the-shoulder rocket launcher to shoot down the ships.
This raises the question of why Elysium lacks any kind of defense system, but the film never answers it.
Sharlto Copley as the sadistic Kruger. The police droids move with fluid, human-like agility degree motion capture apparentlyand in one sequence, Max takes one out with explosive ordnance, shattering its metal frame in beautiful slow motion, which you can see in the video below: Again, as in District 9, Blomkamp satisfies his fetish for exploding bodies.
After only two films, is it too early to coin the term Blomkampian body gore? In a shocking scene half-way through the movie, a character has his face blown off by a grenade, only to have it reconstructed in a med-bay soon after.
This unflinching attention to realist violence permeates the film, just as it did in District 9, and makes a refreshing change after the sanitary tones of Oblivion, Pacific Rim and After Earth. However, excellent CGI and make-up effects cannot solely create a great movie.
Unfortunately, this is where Elysium shackles itself. This signals the insecurities Blomkamp has in his narrative, and in the intelligence of his audience. And quite rightly, too. The lazy writing extends to the characters, too. This lazy reliance on stereotypes renders all of these characters as one dimensional, soulless automatons similar to the police droids so lovingly brought to life on screen.Neill Blomkamp’s new movie has a title – and it’s a lot like that Russian drama from last year and the cod documentary from the year before.
Neil Blomkamp's "District 9" was a surprisingly good Sci Fi twist on a classic tale of oppressor becoming the oppressed.
I almost wish I hadn't seen it first, as "Chappie" is probably more enjoyable watched without full understanding of the plot twist at the end of D9. Aug 21, · A stroke of genius Blomkamp uses these to superb effect in Elysium.
The proximity of the 'paradise' to Earth and the hardware employed by the film is so believable that you become immersed in the situation almost immediately - Earth is decimated and Elysium is an unaffordable paradise.3/5.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp. With Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver. In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
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