Remember the early 90s Joel Schumacher directed thriller Flatliners, in which a group of young up-and-coming actors played a group of medical students who killed themselves to explore the afterlife? Well, it’s the late twenty-teens now so that means it’s due for an update.
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Neill Blompkamp burst on the scene a few years back with District 9, a movie fresh new SciFi action film concerning a group of displaced aliens living in a massive ghetto in Johannesburg South Africa. The film was born out of Blompkamp and Peter Jackson’s attempts to put together a Halo movie and when that fell apart those resources when to expanding Blompkamp’s short film Alive in Joburg into a full fledged movie. The result was a fantastic film with an original approach, story, characters and clear allegory to social and political issues facing us today. I’m not going to spoil it, just go watch it.
I mention this because the follow up, Elysium, is another SciFi action film with an interesting and unique approach and some clear allegories to social and political issues of our time. So how does it stack up? Not bad, actually.