Listen to this article

00:00
00:00

Neill Blomkamp, 2013

Sony

Elysium looms into view like the bona fide action sci-fi behemoth it is, with a set-up as old as Metropolis: a fascistic two-tier future in which the rich elite enjoy eternal good health in the clouds while workers toil and decay on a sickly and scorched planet Earth.

Presiding over the gardened utopia, a French Jodie Foster comes over as a latter-day Marie Antoinette, dismissing desperate migrants with a callous disregard while on terra infirma blue-collar everyman Matt Damon undergoes alarming Black & Decker brain surgery to become a supercharged but reluctant revolutionary leader. Neill Blomkamp (District 9) proves again that he knows how to orchestrate big canvas scifi, even if the Obamacare moral overtones are occasionally overplayed.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved.
myFT

Follow the topics mentioned in this article