This review will have to begin where all other ELYSIUM reviews have; DISTRICT 9. Please don’t take this as a lack of respect for Neil Blomkamp’s newest film, but a sign of the love everyone has for the first.
DISTRICT 9 was a breath of fresh air. It was new, it was fresh, and it was nasty. For a science fiction fan like myself, it was invigorating to watch. DISTRICT 9 had a sense of realism and world-building like few other films. It made it’s social points without being heavy, fed us a diet of exciting action scenes and introduced us to Sharlto Copley who made an instant impression (1).
All of this is, of course, why ELYSIUM has so much on it’s shoulders. It’s okay, though, because those shoulders are strengthened by a mark-3 exoskeleton.