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Elysium: Neill Blomkamp Fools the Critics Again
Takimag ^ | August 14, 2013 | Steve Sailer

Posted on 08/14/2013 6:08:48 AM PDT by Zhang Fei

The new movie Elysium, another science-fiction fable from young Boer refugee Neill Blomkamp about the horrors of mass immigration and nonwhite overpopulation, isn’t terribly amusing to watch. But at the meta level, the career of Blomkamp, whose mother dragged the family off from Johannesburg to Vancouver after a 17-year-old friend was shot dead by black carjackers, is one of the funnier pranks played on the American culturati’s hive mind in recent decades.

I’ve read over a hundred reviews of Blomkamp’s two movies, and virtually no critic has noticed that he does not share their worldview.

Not at all.

Blomkamp’s 2009 Best Picture-nominated District 9, in which the black residents of his native Johannesburg demand that their black-run government clear out millions of feckless illegal space aliens, was universally praised by American critics as an apartheid allegory. Yet Blomkamp has relentlessly insisted in interviews that it’s really about “the collapse of Zimbabwe and the flood of illegal immigrants into South Africa, and then how you have impoverished black South Africans in conflict with the immigrants.”

Similarly, Elysium is another Malthusian tale about open borders, set in a dystopian 2154. By then, Los Angeles has been completely overrun by Mexicans, who have turned it into an endless, dusty slum that looks remarkably like urban Mexico today. (Blomkamp filmed for four months in Mexico City.)

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: amnesty
Elysium is apparently a parable about how the open borders morons who think they can hide behind high walls and private security will eventually be buried by the coming deluge. But the critics are treating it as a live action version of Occupy Wall Street's neo-Bolshevik fantasies.
1 posted on 08/14/2013 6:08:49 AM PDT by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei
...Blomkamp, whose mother dragged the family off from Johannesburg to Vancouver after a 17-year-old friend was shot dead by black carjackers...

At least his mother had the good sense to get her family out of South Africa.

2 posted on 08/14/2013 6:18:15 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Zhang Fei

18 years ago we took our three kids to San Diego. They were all teenagers at the time. We rented an RV and parked in a resort close to Mission Bay. The reason for the trip was our nephew’s wedding. It was in Encinitas, Mexico, a few hours drive south at a fancy resort. So our kids got to see the stark difference between Mexico and San Diego. I’ve been back to San Diego since a few times and it’s gone down hill a bit but back in the 90s it was pristine. Being young, they were liberals and worried about the closed border. I simply said that fine, we can open the border but that it would probably make San Diego more like Mexico than the other way around. I think they got the message.


3 posted on 08/14/2013 6:20:40 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Zhang Fei

Matt Damon will not get $1 from me.


4 posted on 08/14/2013 6:24:23 AM PDT by BO Stinkss (Remember Antonio West)
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To: Zhang Fei

I love the irony that the libs that vote for this stuff (or tacitly let it happen) think that once a fundamental change occurs in our culture (like Mexican taking over) that they will be accepted and loved for making the change. On the contrary they will be lined up with the rest of us for relocation and reeducation.


5 posted on 08/14/2013 6:25:28 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Zhang Fei

I don’t know which movie the reviewer saw, but it wasn’t the one my son and I sat through last Sunday afternoon.

Damon, who despite his political lunacy, can be a decent actor when cast appropriately, seemed to be sleepwalking. Jodie Foster, who can also be a terrific actor, tried to do some kind of accent (sounded like some cross between French and Afrikaans). Her focus on the accent ruined her timing and she completely stumbles through the film.

Maybe there was some anti-open borders message, but from what I saw, there was only one message that came through in the film: Rich people bad; poor people good.

And for the record, they pretty much ignored the laws of physics.

I went with my other son to see Percy Jackson last night, and despite it being a cheesy kids movie, for my money it was much better than Elysium.


6 posted on 08/14/2013 6:27:59 AM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: All

I dunno, I haven’t seen it, might catch it on DVD from Netflix but that’s a hike away but ya know, I can’t help but think that while there are obvious differences in the story line is there really all that much difference in how things were in Soylent Green.


7 posted on 08/14/2013 6:38:31 AM PDT by Proud_texan (Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then. - PK Dick)
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To: newheart
Maybe there was some anti-open borders message, but from what I saw, there was only one message that came through in the film: Rich people bad; poor people good.

The director's an unreconstructed and proud Boer (i.e Dutch-speaking South African) who buried it in the subtext. Matt Damon is the last white guy in LA, and the place is indistinguishable, in the shambolic open-borders future, from the anarchic Mexican cesspools of today. If you read the article, Sailer points out that Blomkamp pretty much lays out his views to interviewers without much beating around the bush, but they insist on looking at his movies differently.

8 posted on 08/14/2013 6:40:42 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
my head is spinning....from the reviews. This movie starts with the premise of a future world in which 1% of the population has acquired all of the wealth and power and has isolated itself from the overpopulated and destroyed world. Since they have no use for the unsustainable population, they hold their survival and well being in low regard.

HG Wells TIME MACHINE and many other movies did it better, in that they follow through on the premise with a vision of where it leads. Instead this movie becomes a Hollyweird shoot-'em-up. It never does resolve the issue of what's going to happen to the other 99% when the elite are blown up.

Better choices...WE'RE THE MILLERS is totally not about politics or visions of the future. It's raunchy, crude, hilarious, and its plot is actually rational compared to ELYSIUM. Rent TIME MACHINE for a better vision of where the future is going. Or rent IDIOCRACY, a very funny sci-fi (documentary?) about a nation that's deteriorated so badly that someone such as Obama could become President (and it was filmed before Obama's time)

JMHO

9 posted on 08/14/2013 6:41:34 AM PDT by grania
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To: Resolute Conservative
" On the contrary they will be lined up with the rest of us for relocation and reeducation."

America's wealthy families are going to just love paying ransom to the cartels to get their kids back.

10 posted on 08/14/2013 6:49:00 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Zhang Fei

Interesting take, but I still won’t patronize it. I’ll see it when it eventually comes to cable.


11 posted on 08/14/2013 6:50:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Zhang Fei

I’m not equating Blomkamp with the morality of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, but the hypocracy of the left-wing media is the same.

Sanger was an avid proponent of social Darwinism and eugenics. One of the reasons she so strongly promoted birth control, especially among minorities, was because she believed that minorities were “inferior races”, and that their birthrates needed to be curbed for the good of society.

Somehow, that aspect of Sanger’s beliefs are never reported on by the media.


12 posted on 08/14/2013 6:52:10 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: Zhang Fei

Just this last week the Obama adm announced it’s attempt to create “Elysium” by having HUD start moving the inner city trash out to the suburbs which would allow left wing elitist to move into the inner cities.


13 posted on 08/14/2013 8:03:27 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Resolute Conservative
...once a fundamental change occurs in our culture (like Mexican taking over) that [Libs] will be accepted and loved for making the change.

It would require Libs to actually think ahead. After such a culture shift, likely through amnesty, the biggest change will happen in...(wait for it)...the Democrat Party.

The idiots on the left think they can manage chaos. They think they will laugh at republicans with electoral victory after victory. But, the democrat party will no longer be theirs. It will be swamped by a people who were trained early on in the ways of corruption, graft, bribery, looting and swindling. Hey Dems, press "1" for English.

14 posted on 08/14/2013 8:36:42 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: grania

If I understand, the movie message is that the OWS folks were given the entire world, and got their wish that the 1%ers all went away, which they did to some space station.

But then the OWS folks figure out that they are all idiots, and can’t run a city, much less a world, and they are all going to die because with nobody to actually work and run things everything is going to hell.

And also, while they “hate money”, it turns out money can buy cool things like a machine that cures cancer, and the OWS folks don’t know why they should not get the reward of success, even while decrying success.

So they decide to destroy the people with money, and thus the machines that cure cancer, and any hope of ever making anything better. Kind of like killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

Somehow, liberals think this is a great message — but liberals also thought the Batman movie was a great message, when it really just showed how unthinking liberals are only a “good leader” away from being Nazi death-camp workers.


15 posted on 08/14/2013 9:46:00 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I like your take on the movie. Not that I agree with that message. If civilization collapsed, there would be those who came forward and at least in small enclaves figured out how to make things better.

That's what's really disturbing about the character Matt Damon played. He never got beyond blowing things up to get that machine.

16 posted on 08/14/2013 10:09:55 AM PDT by grania
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To: Zhang Fei
Gangsters recruit Max as the only man competent and motivated enough to infiltrate Elysium (which looks oddly like Damon’s mansions in Miami and Pacific Palisades) and take down its power structure.

Yep. I saw the movie, and the rich people's houses on the space station do indeed look a lot like Matt Damon's homes which are linked to in the article. I tried to post pictures of both of his homes, but only one showed up in the preview. I'm guessing that Damon keeps his doors locked, and does not want the open borders that he advocates in the movie. Of course he also speaks out in favor of the public schools while sending his own children to private school.


17 posted on 08/14/2013 11:57:21 AM PDT by grundle
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To: BO Stinkss

http://www.themoviespoiler.com

has full spoilers plot summary.


18 posted on 08/14/2013 12:01:29 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: grania

Just reading all this, I want to support the “1%”. It sounds like that went “Gault”.


19 posted on 08/14/2013 12:12:53 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (sue the DNC for the IRS abuse! Can RICO laws be used against the DNC?)
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To: Zhang Fei
Blomkamp isn't a rightist any more than he's a leftist. I think he doesn't want to be pigeonholed politically, and his pictures don't reduce to a one-sided political point.

If that's right, and we don't have that much to go on so far, then he's like Ridley Scott. Bladerunner didn't have a single "message" or either, but had different "messages" that different people would pick up on in different ways.

20 posted on 08/14/2013 4:22:54 PM PDT by x
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To: Mercat
My girlfriend and I went several times to visit her daughter in San Diego...one day we took a trip to Teeawana to shop...the culture shock between Tijuana and the US was shocking to this old lady...kids 3 and 4 years old selling stuff on the streets, mom sitting on curb with a box full of stuff when the kids ran out of items. Just one of several things on the streets that shocked me...but you could buy prescription drugs if you went to the right pharmacy...they had a doctor come in at the end of the day and write prescriptions for anything sold, antibiotics, Valium etc..Donkeys on the streets so you could get your picture taken on one. But shopping was cheap..and all the vendors were up for lowering their prices if you talked to them....Usually would cost 1/2 the stated price..
21 posted on 08/14/2013 4:25:38 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: x
Blomkamp isn't a rightist any more than he's a leftist. I think he doesn't want to be pigeonholed politically, and his pictures don't reduce to a one-sided political point.

I'm inclined to believe my lyin' eyes:

Blomkamp’s 2009 Best Picture-nominated District 9, in which the black residents of his native Johannesburg demand that their black-run government clear out millions of feckless illegal space aliens, was universally praised by American critics as an apartheid allegory. Yet Blomkamp has relentlessly insisted in interviews that it’s really about “the collapse of Zimbabwe and the flood of illegal immigrants into South Africa, and then how you have impoverished black South Africans in conflict with the immigrants.”

22 posted on 08/14/2013 4:27:57 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

That’s why some on the left criticized him, but I wouldn’t assume Blomkamp shares Sailer’s opinions all down the line. How long would he put up with Matt Damon if he did?


23 posted on 08/14/2013 4:40:49 PM PDT by x
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That’s why some on the left criticized him, but I wouldn’t assume Blomkamp shares Sailer’s opinions all down the line. How long would he put up with Matt Damon if he did?

Blomkamp is a nobody. He doesn't put up with Damon and Foster - Damon and Foster put up with him. After this movie, that may change, but I doubt it. One successful film isn't enough to make him a hot property, and this film isn't exactly a blockbuster yet.

24 posted on 08/14/2013 8:02:25 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: BO Stinkss

You have to wonder if he knows what the films message is.


25 posted on 08/14/2013 9:26:25 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Wow! If you haven’t even seen the movie, you are an astute reader and observer.

That is very nearly a summary of the movie and its impression on me.


26 posted on 08/15/2013 12:03:00 AM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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