District 9 director Neil Blomkamp ups the ante with this vivid sci-fi thriller set in a future where the 99 per cent subsist on a polluted Earth while elites live it up on a luxurious space station. Matt Damon plays a low-class grunt looking to balance the scales. They say: US critics were largely split. Some were expecting bigger and better than District 9 but got only ‘‘bigger’’, while other were wowed by the film’s persistent vision and contemporary spin. Wesay: About as topical as grand sci-fi can get (Occupy Wall Street isn’t even two years old!). Recommended. Running time 97 minutes. Screens at Tweed City, Pacific Fair, Robina, Coolangatta, Australia Fair, Yatala Drivein, Harbour Town, Nerang.