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Continued: With the thought-provoking 'Elysium,' Neill Blomkamp attempts to restore soulfulness to sci-fi

  • Article by: JAKE COYLE , AP Entertainment Writer
  • Last update: August 6, 2013 - 2:55 PM

Certainly, some critics will deride "Elysium" as heavy-handed and others will chafe at its liberal politics, seeing advocacy for universal health care. Though President Barack Obama's health care plan didn't specifically figure into Blomkamp's thinking, he says that if a pop culture film like "Elysium" were to get political blowback from talk show pundits: "I think that's cool. Otherwise, what was the film? It just came and went."

Rated R satires about inequality don't typically set the box office on fire. So it will be interesting to see how moviegoers respond to "Elysium," made with financing split between Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital for more than three times the budget of "District 9."

Blomkamp professes no answers to the issues he raises, rather insisting there are none. Economic disparity, he says, is an age-old problem that's "inherently unsolvable."

Sounding slightly mischievous, he says: "I hope the population likes the movie."

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