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Even The DIRECTOR Said He *beep* Up The Movie!

I respect his honesty and I absolutely agree with him.

Even if some of the fans try to paint this film with a golden brush it is clearly not up to snuff and he knows it.

"I *beep* It Up" Neill Blomkamp Says.

"I feel like ultimately the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring filled with rich people hovering above the impoverished Earth is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly. But I just think the script wasn’t… I just didn’t make a good enough film is ultimately what it is. I feel like I executed all of the stuff that could be executed, like costume and set design and special effects very well. But ultimately it was all resting on a somewhat not totally formed skeletal system, so the script just wasn’t there…" ays-he-wants-to-go-back-to-elysium-and-do-it-correctly-20150226

If there was any lingering doubt that Elysium was a mediocre film from a very talented director I hope this clears that up.


You can make the argument that ELYSIUM wasn't perfect, but to say the movie was mediocre? Come on.

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS was mediocre. THE HOBBIT trilogy was mediocre. MINIONS... Well that was less than mediocre.

I'd take ELYSIUM over any of them, any day of the week. Sure, it wasn't perfect. Yes, DISTRICT 9 was a much better film.

But you can't hit it out of the park every single time you get to bat. Nobody can. I'll take Neil's imperfect over most of Hollywood's crappy any day of the week.

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Elysium could have been a sci-fi masterpiece but yeah, they screwed up by biting off more then they could chew. It's still a cool sci-fi movie I think, you just have to accept it for what it is. It deep and doesn't raise philosophical questions like blade runner but is still fun to watch.. the concepts and visuals were still solid.


This would have been much better if done today, with 8 episodes or so to develop it. I feel like they pushed along the plot too fast.