Bought the 1st show on opening night yesterday @10pm because as the person who started this thread titled - Movie of the Year, I feel it was my AVS duty to see if it was that or another pooper like MoS.
Well ok the good stuff. The weapons, artillery. futuristic gadgets and toys were just awesome and totally creative. The 1st 15 min the movie blew my mind with its epic sweeping earth view of our planet sitting next to Elysium this uber modern earth station for the rich. The massive scale of our earth looking like 3rd world slums, kinda like what you saw in Wall-E but in real time and it all looked "real" and not CGI. That stuff was just awesome and enchanting to look at, remind me and took me back to 1977 watching Star Wars and Alien for the 1st time. Blonkamp did a remarkable job in this aspect, upping his game with the imagery and landscape.
And everything to me felt like an extension of D9 which is good, you want that. Again the distinction and separate "class" between the have and have nots which I love about post-apocalyptic themes. If you liked that in D9 I don't see why anyone wouldn't like it displayed here again with more fervor. And there's prob even more combat and fighting between the humans and robots which is also taken to another notch and that was also amazing with many cool guns, bombs, radars, stealth hunting devices. That was prob my fav part of the movie.
Now the stuff that will rub many the wrong way and what I can see from the negative reviews is the bogged down of propaganda and politics that was ingrained throughout the movie and it was not good, at least to me. I really don't why Blonkamp had to go there, and make this movie some preachy numb down parallel to our problem with immigration and the Mexican border. The end act is what destroyed the whole thing. It was so hokey-pokey liberal wishy-washy view of what they think should happen to those trying to cross the border. Why, why, why??? IDK. What I liked so much with D9 is that it was able to infuse some of it but here it was so blatantly in your face and obvious spoon fed it will make you sick.
I can't really give it a thumbs up to go see it now in the theaters but this is def a rental when it's released. There was so much promise here to make this a grand epic Sci-Fi action thriller, but instead it chose to make it personal statement and dumb it down to all the masses like watching one them Sci-Fi TV shows like Falling Skies & Continuum.