RISE TO THE OC­CA­SION, OR DIE TRY­ING, US, 109 MIN

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A stun­ning sci-fi ac­tion film, Ely­sium brings a crash­ing ham­mer down on the US sum­mer block­buster sea­son. Though not with­out its share of flaws, it is clearly the best big-ticket pic­ture of 2013 so far. The year is 2154. The di­vi­sion be­tween haves and have-nots is more pro­nounced than ever. The rich live in gated com­mu­ni­ties in the planet’s up­per at­mos­phere. The rest of an over-crowded Earth re­side in a planet-wide slum. A buff, tough and ready Matt Da­mon stars as Max, a ter­mi­nally ill fac­tory worker who needs ur­gent med­i­cal help. The only place he will get it is in­side one of those utopias high in the sky. Just get­ting there could be enough to kill him. South African film­maker Neill Blomkamp proves his sen­sa­tional 2009 de­but Dis­trict 9 was no fluke. The man has a vi­sion – driven by in­spired writ­ing, and an in­tel­li­gent grasp of how to ma­nip­u­late view­ers – and that vi­sion has real im­pact. Co-stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Co­p­ley.

Alice Braga, Emma Trem­blay and Josh Blacker

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