“Enjoyed” may be the wrong word to describe how viewers might feel about Neill Blomkamp
’s sophomore sci-fi jaunt, Elysium
. “Experienced” would be more apt, for this gritty dystopian vision is a tough one, hard on the eyes and adrenal system, if not much on the heart. A highly explosive action-adventure, Elysium
falls prey to genre tropes more often than it blows past them, making for a well-crafted, if somewhat standard, feature. Unlike the allegorically stronger structure of Blomkamp’s big splash into Hollywood, District 9
, this follow-up is thematically weaker and less substantial. It may reach for the stars, but Elysium
, unfortunately, falls under its setup’s own weight.
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