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Robots, Spaceships & Jodie Foster: The Good, The Bad, And The Wildly Uneven Of 'Elysium'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 12, 2013 4:37 PM
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Few summer movies in 2013 were as highly anticipated as "Elysium" and few were as divisive. Perhaps it was because the promise of something meatier on the bone than the occasionally entertaining, but all too often disposable summer blockbusters. "Elysium" had the potential to hit all our sweet spot: brains, heart and brawn, and not just spectacle and scale. While the film topped the box office this past weekend with more than $30 million (a decent number, but not a great one considering its cost), it was less successful critically, earning a somewhat limp 60 on aggregator Metacritic and more than a few seesawing hands from the nation's top critics (you can read our review here). Set in the not-too-distant future, "Elysium" tells a zeitgeisty dystopian tale of a world with have and have nots; Earth is overpopulated, diseased, polluted and resource drained so the rich have moved up to their gated community in the sky while the 99% are stuck down on the garbage can that is the planet.

Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 3:30 PM
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The year is 2154, and while the future may include ships that reach supersonic speeds in fifteen seconds, and advanced weaponry and technology that now interacts directly with the human body, the divide between the haves and have nots has never been greater. Los Angeles has essentially become one large barrio, a dirty, garbage-filled, decaying city that is a bleak portrait of what could happen if the current and growing prison industrial complex expands at a prodigious rate. Crime is so high that lawbreakers and potential lawbreakers are patrolled and monitored by ruthlessly efficient robots walking the beat, while those who are charged are processed in such volume that it might as well be the DMV. And one of those put through the system is Max De Costa (Matt Damon), an ex-con on parole, trying to go straight after a checkered past. And these are the building blocks of an expansive world created by Neill Blomkamp in "Elysium," a brainy sci-fi effort that doesn't skimp on its blockbuster requirements, and delivers one of the most satisfying films of the summer.

Watch: New Extended Trailer & Clip From Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 11:53 AM
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If you've been wondering who wins out when a director would prefer to keep things under wrap versus a studio who wants to make sure people show up in theaters....let this new nearly four minute long extended trailer for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" answer that question.

Watch: Matt Damon Wakes Up In New Clip From 'Elysium' Plus Jodie Foster's Part Was Originally Written For A Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 4:16 PM
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As the last piece of big, expensive blockbuster entertainment before the summer is out, hopes are riding high that Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" can deliver something of a bang to go out on, as the season thus far has been fairly disappointing. "District 9" proved that the director could marry brains and brawn with pretty spectacular results, and the anticipation is that he can do the same here.

Watch: Matt Damon Has 5 Days To Live In New Trailer For 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 10:54 AM
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Is "Elysium" the last blockbuster worth looking forward to this summer? The verdict is in on "The Lone Ranger" and it's not good, "Pacific Rim" is still a very big question mark and "The Wolverine" at this point looks only marginally better than 'Origins' at best. Can Neill Blomkamp send us out of the season with a bang?

Watch: New 3-Minute Trailer For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2013 6:55 PM
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The battle to keep surprises in store for an audience versus the need for mass marketing a major tentpole can be a tricky balance, but so far this year it seems studios are wising up. "Iron Man 3" and "Man Of Steel" both had extensive campaigns, yet kept big twists and plot developments under firm lock and key while stoking excitement for these franchise movies. And while we wait to see if Fox pulls a "Prometheus" and eventually ruins "The Wolverine," Sony is showing off a bit more of Neill Blomkamp's original tentpole (a rarity) "Elysium" with a brand new trailer.

New Images & First TV Spot For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 2:49 PM
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So, we're at the midway point of the summer blockbuster season, with "Man Of Steel" set to hit theaters this weekend. But there is plenty more spectacle to come with Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" stomping into theaters next month, "The Lone Ranger" galloping into cinemas, "World War Z" ready to unleash holy hell, and "The Wolverine" bearing his claws soon. And one more hoping to bring the sizzle to the multiplex BBQ is Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium."

Two New 'Elysium' Photos Feature Matt Damon, Flaming Wreckage

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 1:40 PM
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As we mentioned earlier today in our giant summer movie preview, "Elysium," Neil Blomkamp's eagerly awaited follow-up to his groundbreaking "District 9," is one of the movies we're most looking forward to this summer. Pitched between social commentary and sci-fi spectacle, the movie envisions a futuristic earth that's ruined and toxic, with the most powerful and wealthy humans living on an orbiting space station called Elysium. As two new photos from the movie show, Earth really has gone to hell.

New Images From Neill Blomkamp's 'Elyisum' Bring You To The Future With Matt Damon, Jodie Foster & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 9:23 AM
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"Elysium," the latest from "District 9" writer/director Neill Blomkamp, has finally been brought kicking and screaming into the public view, with the first trailer dropping last night. And the result? Looks pretty damn epic, no? But don't get too confident you've seen everything yet. Blomkamp likely still wants to keep some surprises in store, but a few more new images have arrived to give another peek at the sci-fi world being put together.

Juliette Binoche, Jodie Foster & More Reportedly Eyed For Abel Ferrara's Dominique Strauss-Kahn Pic As Isabelle Adjani Drops Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 11:57 AM
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So remember about a year ago when Abel Ferrara was talking up his next movie, one that would be inspired/based on disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn? While producers were cagier, Ferrara was talking up a shoot last summer with Gerard Depardieu in the lead role, with Isabelle Adjani to co-star? Well, that didn't happen and now it looks like he's going to have to find a new leading lady.

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