Flashback three weeks. Elysium, the cinematic sophomore effort from director Neill Blomkamp, hadn’t yet come out, and with the exception of a sparse handful of knockouts, the summer of 2013 had yet to deliver a champion—a universally-beloved, in-no-way divisive blockbuster. An Avengers, if you will. I was banking on Elysium being it. Blomkamp had already blown off socks the world over with his alien apartheid masterpiece District 9 just four

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Elysium is defined as a state of perfect happiness; paradise. While writer and director Neill Blomkamp’s film is not that, it is still entertaining, visually stunning and, although set in the future, a reminder of our world’s failings today. Los Angeles. 2154. Elysium begins following Max Da Costa, played solidly by Matt Damon, a man trying to live an honest life and not fall into the illegal patterns of his past. He

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