"Elysium" tells the story of an accident-stricken factory worker (
Although "Elysium" starts strong and Damon "is a big plus as always," Turan laments that the film eventually lapses into a standard good-guy-versus-bad-guy showdown.
In a more positive review,
Scott Foundas of Variety also finds "Elysium" to be "a less dazzling [than 'District 9'] but nonetheless highly absorbing and intelligent, socially conscious bit of futurism, made on a much larger scale than its $30 million predecessor, but with lots of the same scrappy ingenuity." Blomkamp, for his part, "proves to be a superb storyteller" with "a master's sense of pacing," and he "writes juicy characters, too."
The Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek gives a mixed review. She writes, "'District 9' was most notable for Blomkamp's skill at creating a believable sci-fi world without spending a lot of dough. The movie felt as if, against all odds, its creator had willed it into being. 'Elysium' doesn't have the same brashness. Though the plot specifics are different, thematically it looks and feels almost like a sequel, made with a lot more money though not with more ingenuity or feeling."
Ann Hornaday of the