Director: Neill Blomkamp. Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Diego Luna. 109 min. Rated R. Action/Sci-fi.
I guess District 9 worked so well, the director thought exaggerating the same formula would work even better. Wrong! Elysium overdoes the anti-Apartheid message of District 9 so far, it almost looks like a Commie movie, with the discriminated anarchist socialists trying to bring down selfish capitalists who are mean to the poor for no specific reason. Even Copley as the likable hero of District 9 (Blomkamp's childhood friend) fails miserably here as the macho villain (again, nasty for no reason). Numerous plot holes, confusing character motivations and a hard-to-believe story, almost made this last important summer movie a NoMo.