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Blomkamp's Empire Strikes Back...Almost,
This review is from: Elysium [DVD]  (DVD)
After the unexpected triumph of the peerless District 9 in 2011, Matt Damon heads the cast in Blomkamp's latest treatise on immigration, society, and apartheid. Damon's reformed car thief Max Da Costa becomes the unwitting potential saviour of mankind, after an industrial accident leaves his body riddled with catastrophic amounts of radiation. Like most of his peers, Max cannot access the medical treatment he needs, as this is only available on the paradisiacal satellite of Elysium, where the rich and pampered of Earth have all escaped to after their home planet has finally become too crowded, polluted, and dangerous for their liking. In collusion with smuggling kingpin and former associate Spider, Max and his buddy Julio set out to infiltrate Elysium and ensure that all residents of Earth become eligible for the medical treatment available to the privileged few.
Sharlto Copley - Blomkamp's muse from Distric 9, makes a welcome appearance as sociopathic mercenary Kruger, while Jodie Foster adds gravitas as the ruthless administrator of Elysium. Alice Braga also pops up as Max's childhood sweetheart Frey, whose daughter has Leukaemia and who is also desperate to avail her of the miracle cure found only on Elysium. The movie is tense and effective from the start, and there is enough action to satisfy the most ardent Sci-fi/Thriller fans, while Damon does a good job of reminding us of the acting chops he first showed in the likes of The Talented Mr Ripley and Saving Private Ryan. Whilst not as original as District 9, Elysium is another solid action/adventure with a strongly-beating yet subtle political core, and a sign that its director is getting to the top of his game and will be a force in the movie industry for quite some time to come.