Blomkamp praised for Elysium


The critics’ reviews of Elysium, the much-anticipated second feature from South African writer/director Neill Blomkamp are in, and they are good.

On top US film critic Scott Foundas describes Blomkamp as “much more than a one-hit wunderkind’ and goes on to say that Elysium should easily surpass District 9’s $210m worldwide haul, if not its massive profit margin.

The 33-year-old director of 2009’s District 9, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Film, is lauded as proving to be a superb storyteller.

Foundas writes: “He has a master’s sense of pacing, slowly immersing us into his future world rather than assailing us with nonstop action, and envisioning that world with an architect’s eye for the smallest details.’

Blomkamp is further praised for “writing juicy characters’ and that “Elysium as entertainment rarely falters’.

Foundas adds: “As in District 9, Blomkamp shows a wizardly eye for visual effects, making sure CG images have the proper movement and texture to blend seamlessly with live action and practical elements.’

Elysium was written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and is a Sony Pictures Entertainment release of a TriStar Pictures presentation in association with Media Rights Capital of a QED Intl./Alphacore/Kinberg Genre production.

The movie is produced by Bill Block, Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg with Sue Baden-Powell as executive producer.

The sci-fi movie stars, among others, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, South African actors Shartlo Copley and Brandon Auret (Catch a Fire, Isidingo, Durban Poison) and Diego Luna, Wagner Moura and William Fichtner.

Auret will also star in Chappie, Blomkamp’s new movie, which commences filming in South Africa in September this year.

Elysium releases in South Africa on 30 August and will be distributed nationally by Ster-Kinekor.

Read more about Elysium and actor Brandon Auret’s experiences on set in the August issue of Screen Africa.



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