Elysium ★★★½

This is not a subtle film (taking a lot of the ideas from Blomkamp's District 9 and expanding them, spelling things out for you at the outset with very little discovery involved), but in terms of a blockbuster big-screen experience I have to say I enjoyed it. Despite the plausibility issues that commonly affect films of this nature, it had me engaged throughout and there was enough weakness in the lead to, in my mind, relieve it of some of the man-against-the-world craziness that you can get with this type of thing. It was beautiful to look at, but overall I suspect it's not memorable enough to stay with me long.

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