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Elysium 
Matt Damon's bald head and some explosions too.
2/4 stars

Elysium: The overproduced and campy sequel to District 9 that everyone's been waiting for but no one liked.

Just so you know, I was not a fan of District 9. How it ever managed to achieve a reputation and cult following status so large is beyond me, it just wasn't original, and the camerawork looked like an experiment gone wrong filmed on an iPod.

Elysium is just as bad, if not worse.
District 9 had a modest budget, something I still respect about it. But that Blomkamp had the nerve to get three times the budget this time around, only to film exactly the same movie with Matt Damon, is borderline insulting.

Special effects and direction looked fine, I've seen far better this year, but I liked the effort.
If only they had put more effort into everything else.
This movie is the perfect example for a director who doesn't know what he's doing. Falling in love with himself over and over again, thinking that three repeated flashbacks and violent awakenings will serve as character development.
I don't know what made him think he can write, because he absolutely can't. And most importantly, decide what kind of film you're trying to make!
Elysium always balanced tardily on a line somewhere between pretentious drama and explosion-rich Hollywood sci-fi gore. If it's obvious he can't write dialogue, why does he do it anyway?

Oh, and: we spend a whole ten minutes on Elysium, meeting over three of its citizens! How lucky are we!

Jodie Foster gives the worst performance of her career. After being diagnosed with a severe case of changing accents, she took it upon her to look angry, talk in a slow and determined manner and fill the shoes of any clichéd no-personality woman villain ever.

What a disappointment… fortunately for me, I wasn't anticipating it.
The script must have been thirty pages long, the actors half asleep and the director on steroids. I don't understand how some directors nowadays can get away with making the same movie over and over again, degenerating with every failed attempt at something new.

Blomkamp. Go away.


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