In his sophomore feature Elysium
, writer/director Neill Blomkamp takes a more literal approach to some of the humanistic themes explored in his 2009 feature debut District 9
. The result is a more traditionally structured film with a slightly more predictable plot, but it’s an exciting, emotionally involving trip into a frighteningly plausible (and vividly realized) future nonetheless. This time, backed by a bigger budget and a more experienced cast, Blomkamp proves that his vision is indeed capable of sustaining a larger-scale story by delivering a carefully balanced mix of social commentary and innovative sci-fi action amidst completely immersive backd...