“I’m not interested in your little ideas. I’m interested in something much larger. This habitat is dying. There is a political sickness inside of it. A tumor that needs to be removed.” With the upcoming release of Neill Blomkamp’s next film Demonic, we found ourselves itching to revisit his first three films: District 9, Elysium and Chappie. With a little bit of distance from them we find some new perspectives and even with only three titles on the docket there was no shortage of material to discuss. We cover such topics as Blomkamp’s mastery of realistic CG, his collaborations with Sharlto Copley, his use of Johannesburg as a backdrop, the implications of transferring consciousness and auto-healing med-bays as well as Neill Blomkamp’s overall career trajectory. Do Blomkamp’s movies have a deep political message or are they only intended to be entertaining with a capital E? Is Elysium more relevant now than ever? Did Chappie get unfairly dismissed by critics or is it legitimately bad? Keep it gangsta and download this month’s premium podcast below.
This series of premium podcasts was created to help support the regular weekly Film Junk Podcast. Head on over to Bandcamp and download the episode for a minimum donation of $1. As always, let us know if you experience any technical difficulties or if you have any other suggestions for future premiums. Thanks for your support!