Movie Review: Elysium

Although it is most potent in its first hour, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium (B-) is a sturdily crafted allegory about the haves and have nots of a dystopian future. Matt Damon oozes Everyman charm as the hero, and Jodie Foster chews the scenery of her frosty, somewhat underwritten villainess role. The best parts – the heady, political stuff, dissipates into brief action set pieces toward the end. The effects and art direction are strong throughout. Very good at times and altogether just a bit less than the sum of its ambition. Still recommended.

I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

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Posted in 2013

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