In this session we talk Elysium and Neil Blomkamp.
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Released in the summer 2013, Elysium is director Neil Blomkamp’s second U.S. cinema offering and it looks to wow with it’s visual style and extreme violence, while attempting to inform on class warfare, health care and other social issues present in the here and now. While we mostly enjoyed the movie, we did feel that the narrative was a bit disjointed at times, particularly during the romantic flashbacks. That being said, if you have yet to see the movie, we certainly recommend it. Take a look below for a few insightful links to better help frame the film for you… We’ve also included the scene where Kruger gets his face blown off and reconstructed. It’s pretty graphic but will give you a great example of how Blomkamp employs a very raw sentiment behind his violence. Enjoy!
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Much like Paul Verhoeven, director Neil Blomkamp also grew up in war torn surroundings; specifically Johannesburg, South Africa. Blomkamp himself admits that Johannesburg is a powder keg of sorts as violence and death are an every day occurrence. Growing up in these surroundings certainly helped inform his view of violence and class warfare- two topics he seems to repeatedly reach back to in his films. Both Verhoeven and Blomkamp approach violence in a much more visceral fashion due to their backgrounds and provide a great counter perspective in American Cinema. Is all violence created equal? Certainly not, but having a contrast of opinions, visual style and ideas is always a great thing. Check the links below for more insight into Neil Blomkamp as well our previous session where we discussed Paul Verhoeven and his style of cinematic violence.
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