Thursday, August 8, 2013
Final Cut Call: Elysium
Director Neill Blomkamp's visuals: Elysium looks stunning: crisp, clean – seamless – CGI fused to Earth's WALL-E topography and Elysium's utopian environs. Same outrageously-organic feel as the South African's brilliant, 2009 best picture nominee District 9.
Sharlto Copley: The star of District 9 steals the show as the maniacal Agent Kruger — Grizzly Adams beard's a nice touch.
Jodie Foster: What form of British-ish accent is Foster attempting exactly? Whatever the heck it is, the two-time Academy Award winner was so brutally bad in her first attempt, Blomkamp clearly overdubbed it with Foster's second go-of-it throughout. A Razzie-worthy performance.
Writer Neill Blomkamp: Blomkamp blends sci-fi and social commentary once again, revisiting the have-versus-have-nots – segregational – trope with success but why did I not give a rats about Damon's tatted-to-the-max character? His cyborg-suited, Iron Man-esque battle to the death with Copley has zero excitement to it.
Final Cut Call
A massive disappointment given the sheer ingeniousness of Blomkamp's predecessor. Alternate title: District 4.5.
FC Score: 78%