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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.

10 Futuristic Sci-Fi Movie Concepts That Could Actually Happen

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 8, 2013 1:04 PM
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While star Matt Damon and writer/director Neill Blomkamp have been repeatedly stating that there is no inherent social message to their new futuristic thriller "Elysium" (review here), it's something of a dubious claim. There are a number of real-life social and political parallels that you can draw between burnt out future of "Elysium" and the slightly less charred world we live in today (everything from the Occupy movement to Blackwater's involvement in American military actions in the Middle East). And if it isn't a social commentary (as the filmmakers claim), at the very least, it is a work of extraordinarily vivid speculative science fiction, one in which Los Angeles looks like an unruly Mexico City (where they shot the film) and robots hassle you on your way to work. It's enough for us to start wondering which of the concepts trotted out in "Elysium" (and there were a bunch) have the possibility of actually coming true. If "Elysium" isn't a social movie now, it might be a crystal ball instead.

Will Anglo-Hispanic Tensions Form Part Of The Thematic Background For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 1, 2011 2:45 AM
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Even though Neill Blomkamp is filming his highly anticipated follow up to "District 9" in Vancouver as we speak, details on the project remain tightly wrapped with pretty much the only thing known about the story is the fact it'll revolve around “aliens and humans doing battle on Earth" and will be set 100 years in the future.

As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2011 3:56 AM
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One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the popular culture.

Diego Luna Latest To Circle Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' With Matt Damon And Jodie Foster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 9, 2011 12:20 PM
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Since the moment we walked out of "District 9," buzzing with the energy and invention of the picture, we, like you, have been keenly awaiting more work from South African director Neill Blomkamp. And after a heap of speculation -- the Blomkamp directing "The Hobbit" rumor must have raised its head a good half-dozen times -- the helmer's follow-up was finally announced at the end of last year as the mysterious sci-fi project "Elysium."

Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Will Hit Theaters On March 8, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 8:08 AM
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Excited for Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his smash hit "District 9"? Well, you're going to have to wait.

Wagner Moura, Star Of Brazilian Box Office Sensation 'Elite Squad,' Joins Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2011 9:00 AM
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With pre-production starting next month, another name has come aboard Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" and while he's not yet a household name, his appearance in the film should raise his profile considerably.

Jodie Foster Says Role In Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Isn't A Done Deal Yet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2011 4:28 AM
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Last month, everything looked good to go on Neill Blomkamp's upcoming, secretive sci-fi pic "Elysium." He assembled a cast with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley said to be on board and Sony dropped a staggering $120 million to get the rights to the film. But it appears everything isn't quite a done deal just yet.

Neill Blomkamp Lines Up Another New Mystery Film 'Chappie,' Will Shoot After 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 10:21 AM
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Everybody wants to be Neill Blomkamp's friend these days. Sony just dropped $120 million on the director's next project "Elysium," a mysterious sci-fi flick set 100 years in the future with a cast led by Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, and with "Blade Runner" visual futurist Syd Mead on board for set design. Nice. But that's not all the director is cooking up.

Sony Finds $120 Million In Their Couch Cushions To Buy Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 3:40 AM
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Well, that didn't take long. Just after reports earlier today that director Neill Blomkamp was shopping his secretive sophomore sci-fi epic "Elysium" around town, it's now been revealed that Sony wants to get back into business with the director in a big way.

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