B Sunglasses Review: Elysium

We at B Sunglasses are huge film fans, just check out our Ray Ban Badass Video. This month our Digital Content Manager (and part time film reviewer) Nicola Hall gives us the verdict on Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi thriller Elysium.

There’s nothing more satisfying than a great summer blockbuster and August sees the release of several big-hitters including The Lone Ranger, the hilarious Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Only God Forgives, ghostly chiller The Conjuring and an action packed sequel in Kick Ass 2  (which I am desperate to see!)

However, futuristic space-romp Elysium is my movie of the month so far.

This visual treat lies in the hands of South African director Neill Blomkamp who you may remember directed District 9 back in 2009. Similarly Elysium is a thinly veiled flick all about immigration and economic disparity except this time we visit two worlds instead of one. Set in the 22nd century, the space station Elysium is straight out of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and serves as an out of reach floating paradise where the rich enjoy the luxury of extravagant wealth, endless golf courses and perfect healthcare.

Meanwhile Earth is a desolate, over-populated desert land where crime, robot police, corruption and corporate slavery prevails. Starring Matt Damon as Max Da Costa, he makes a bid to infiltrate Elysium to cure himself after a fatal accident at work where he assembles the very robots that oppress he and his fellow humans. Also starring Jodie Foster as a militant and cold-natured, suited up official and District 9’s Sharlto Copley – who as always, is on excellent, energetic form – Elysium sadly fails to deliver the same pacing, humour and characterisation of District 9. It is clear that more time could be spent on the story which is complicated and overly simplistic all at once.

However, this is a totally enjoyable two hours of  stuff blowing up, people fighting in robotic armour and glimpses into the stunning special effects of the Elysium landscape which is just tantalizingly out of reach.

You should also see:

  • The Lone Ranger: The 1950s TV series is given a contemporary Disney makeover starring Armie Hammer as the Ranger himself and Johnny Depp as his side-kick Tonto. Expect plenty of gun-toting fun in the Wild West with Depp giving his usual methodical performance.
  • The Conjuring: Allegedly based on a true story re-told by the Warrens (who dealt with the Amityville case), The Conjuring is a creepy haunted house thriller which goes all out on scares. Directed by Saw creator James Wan,  fans of old-school ghost stories  should keep an eye out for his horror sequel Insidious 2 next month which also stars Patrick Wilson.
  • Kick Ass 2: The story of our real-life superhero’s Dave (Kickass) and Mindy (Hit Girl) continues in the sequel which sees the pair assemble a team and take on their old enemy Red Mist. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Jim Carrey and Christopher Mintz-Plasse expect the usual ultra-violence and foul mouthed outbursts of the first with a dash of added vengeance.
  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa: It’s been a while since Steven Coogan outed his cringe-worthy Alan Partridge character; the DJ from Norwich who can’t escape embarrassing social faux pas and his own arrogance. Yet fans of this fictional fool are in for a treat with the full feature film Alpha Papa, directed by Armando Ianucci which sees Alan being forced to act as a go-between for the police and a demented former colleague with plenty of hilarious consequences
  • Only God Forgives: Ryan Gosling gets serious in this Danish-Thai crime thriller about boxing. This intensity flick has been described by critics as a ‘Bangkok bloodfest’ and was hailed as one of the best films at this years Cannes film festival.

 

What did you think of Elysium? What was your favourite summer blockbuster? Tweet us @B Sunglassesunglasses