In Theaters:Friday, August 9, 2013
Why we're excited:Blomkamp is one of the only guys working in genre right now who takes it seriously in every way. He loves staging great action beats, and he's got the right mind for it, but he also piles on the subtext, and he can work both broad and subtle, often in the same moment. It's like we're finally getting the movies we wanted out of Paul Verhoeven, the science-fiction films that were promised to us by the daring fare of the '60s and the '70s. Even better, Blomkamp got Oscar-nominated for "District 9." His scrappy little story of a man mutating into an alien ended up in the awards-season conversation by sheer force of being great. That was the last thing that film was designed to do. Blomkamp seems unaffected, still working the same way, sure of his voice, and if "Elysium" is just as gripping as early footage indicates, he's poised to be a powerhouse in the near-future.
- Drew McWeeny
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