Slowly but surely, director and writer Neil Blomkamp is mounting a comeback and he may try to get another sequel to one of his movies. Ever since he burst on the scene with District 9, fans have been underwhelmed with his work on his other original sci-fi films overall. The aesthetic and originality of his films are felt and seen, but many complaints for his movies are that they became too preachy in nature while recycling the same ideas from previous works.
Matt Damon starred in Elysium back in 2013 which pretty much had the same premise of oppressive governments and a one percent picking on the little guy. These aren’t themes that don’t work in film, quite the contrary, but the execution of his second film was a drop off from District 9. Since his attempts at original filmmaking going south and his hopeful sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise was canceled du to superiority of Scott himself, Blomkamp has made some incredible original films since then, and has released them online for the general public to view and enjoy.
With his interview at ScreenRant Blomkamp had this to say:
“Elysium is more something I feel like I could have done better. I think that if you were to take something like Elysium and play with it inside a setting like this you probably would hone it – you would end up, I think, with something well thought through and that has all of the thematic elements that I wanted. I still love the set up to Elysium. The idea of the separation of class warfare presented with this space ring is incredibly appealing to me and I would love to go back and make another movie in the world of Elysium because it’s compelling. I just think I can do a better job in setting up what the themes are more clearly and what the character’s motivations are. I can do it better, I think.”
Everything he says is all similar to what his critics had to say, the concept is appealing, but it’s something he could have done better. His three feature films have all had room to expand upon which could work to his favor if he was trying create a phase two of his career and learn from his mistakes.
His work at Oats Studios – where all his original films have been produced by – show his desire to continue similar thematic elements to his other films while changing his blueprint when it comes to making his movies. Blomkamp, in the same interview proceeded to defend how he made Chappie stating that he wouldn’t have changed the way he made that film in particular. Regardless of what you’ve thought of his career thus far, he’s an insanely talented filmmaker with a career that deserves a revival somehow and if Elysium is that ticket to return to form then so be it.
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