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Old August 8 2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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Elysium - grade/review and spoilers - also controversy

I'm looking forward to seeing Elysium. I really like Matt Damon and Jodi Foster as actors and most of the time both of them don't get involved in poorly developed ideas.

There has been quite a controversy among conservatives about this film over the last couple days - labeling it, 'Hollywood socialism.' I have to agree though that Director Neill Blomkamp denying there are political messages in the film is an outrageous lie.

The critics are giving it a 72% and the audience a 79% which is on par with many of the top films this summer.

Rotten Tomatoes

The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “politically charged flight of speculative fiction.” Newsmax refers to it “sci-fi socialism” and “political propaganda.”
Variety said its one of the “more openly socialist political agendas of any Hollywood movie in memory, beating the drum loudly not just for universal healthcare, but for open borders, unconditional amnesty and the abolition of class distinctions as well.”
But the director of “Elysium,” Neill Blomkamp, begs to differ, as does the film’s star, Matt Damon.
Blomkamp, who rose to fame with the Oscar-nominated sci-fi hit “District 9” in 2009, said his highly-anticipated film has no agenda whatsoever, and claims he isn’t a political filmmaker.
“’Elysium’ doesn’t have a message,” Blomkamp told Wired Magazine, saying he found it unfortunate that critics were drawing parallels between his movie and the Occupy movement, a phenomenon he says wasn’t even a consideration.
The film’s star Matt Damon, too, insists that “Elysium” is not trying to push any political buttons.
“I don’t think it is trying to say anything. It just presents the issue – the distinct difference between the haves and the have nots,” he told FOX411 while promoting the flick. “A science fiction film will work if it is a whole new world, but speaks to the world that we live in, but not in a heavy-handed way. The first order of business for a big summer popcorn movie is to make a kick-ass movie with great action.”
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