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It’s no surprise that Neill Blomkamp’s films tend to have a fixation on apartheid policies considering his South African roots, and with Elysium he follows up on the statements he made in District 9, but this time with socioeconomic status in place of race (or species, for that matter). Crafting an immersive futuristic world of slums and space-age paradises, Blomkamp’s Elysium features a reality that feels genuine and lived in, and the performances by everyone involved (Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura) help cement the sense of oppression and class division central to the story. All is not ideal in Elysium, however, and the story asserts a brewing battle between the haves and have nots without bothering to make much sense of the situation before running ahead.



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