“Elysium” a Sturdy Sci-Fi Allegory

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.