Elysium (Blomkamp, 2013)


Despite its constant contradictions, both normative and ideological, and despite its generic plot, which forwards the personal while tenuously grasping the universal, Elysium remains an entertaining exercise in modern blockbuster filmmaking. Unfortunately, the excitement and entertainment wrought by Elysium dies soon after the film fades out, and then you’re caught wondering why a concept so intriguing returned a plot so base, casual, and uninteresting. All this considering how the concept of ‘Elysium’ could quite easily engender a multitude of imaginative histories—the possibilities are endless. Instead, we have a collection of unsubstantiated romance, effortless action, unclear and frankly contrived politics, and… a superhero + villain twist?? The film never finds its grounding because it consistently seeks to pose rather than to depthen. With science fiction, discourse is necessary; otherwise the world that is so imaginatively postured becomes no more then a mere image.

57/100 – Mediocre

2 Stars


About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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