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Elysium

Year : 2013 Director : Neill Blomkamp Running Time : 109 Genre : ,
Movie review score
3.5/5

What’s it about?
In the year 2154 the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the over-populated Earth resides on a ruined planet. A desperate ex-con (Matt Damon) takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

What did we think?
Anthony Sherratt says: It’s grim and gritty. Impressive visually and with interesting characters. Its themes are universally relevant (have/have-nots, sustainability, and asylum seekers). And the action is wonderfully brutal. But the longer the movie wears on, the more it becomes formulaic unfortunately. It’s still a very good flick and one of the better ones of the year but you’re left feeling that it didn’t quite reach the mark of greatness despite its strengths.

Most sci-fi fans will enjoy it. As long as they don’t think about the ending too much.

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One Response so far.

  1. Dan Beeston says:

    Blomkamp seems to be such a good job of putting generic action films into environments that promise more. If you go in looking forward to a great action film you’ll be fine.

    3 1/2 stars

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