Elysium fields political bite, but little more
Having stunned audiences with his exhilarating sci-fi debut District 9, South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp makes an eagerly anticipated return with another futuristic action thriller. Blomkamp’s Elysium may evoke the same politically-charged ethos of its predecessor, but rather than supplementing the narrative the excessive social commentaries dominate this mildly entertaining, yet ultimately hollow enterprise.
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It’s not the monster under your bed you should be scared of.
The most important thing to note about Monsters is that, although their presence is made immediately clear by the destruction left in their wake, the monsters are rarely physically seen. For the first hour the creatures remain hidden to us; a folklore where any understanding we have is attained through the media or stories from locals. The film preys on our fear of the unknown.
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