Excerpt: [Blomkamp] disappoints with his second outing, rehashing ideas from such films as “Total Recall” (Max’s grimy apartment and factory job are just like Douglas Quaid’s in last year’s remake) with the same dusty, rusty aesthetic as “District 9.”
Excerpt: Lo que sí que hay que reconocer es que “Elysium” visualmente está muy bien, con escenas de acción muy trepidantes, y que partía de premisas muy buenas. Pero el desarrollo no hay por donde cogerlo.
Excerpt: “Elysium” is better made than written, but Blomkamp’s startlingly realized visions of future ghettos are attention-getters, and this gritty thrill ride with a message is going to stand out in the crowd.
Excerpt: In the futuristic socialist saga ‘Elysium’, the audience pretty much are drawn to the similar Blomkamp blueprint — an elaborate and exquisite sci-fi entertainment drenched in visual wonderment with a meditative message about social inequality.
Excerpt: Twice as big, half as smart, and considerably more muddled, misguided, and flat-out disheartening than District 9.
Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
Excerpt: A acção desenrola-se a bom ritmo, tem um argumento consistente, e não se distrai a explicar o óbvio, mas fica sempre longe de satisfazer. Não só não chega aos calcanhares do antecessor, como não traz nada de novo à ficção-científica. Mesmo assim está acima da média.
Excerpt: District 9 offered the promise of a fresh new talent in writer-director Neill Blomkamp. Elysium doesn’t totally squander that promise, but at least raises the disturbing possibility that District 9 may have been a fluke.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: Expertly made but intellectually shallow.
Excerpt: While there’s potential in the setup for some thought-provoking commentary about society, the class divide and humanity’s reckless willingness to cede control to artificial intelligence, Blomkamp pretty much tosses that all the side in order to let Damon rock it in destroyatron mode. It’s all fun and exciting, and I’d rather the filmmaker just go with what’s working rather than try to get all preachy and important, so it works.
Excerpt: While it occasionally drifts into gory action-movie repetitiveness, Elysium fulfills the core requirements of the genre by showcasing wondrous and unsettling technology with a dose of grim topicality.
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