Why we were excited: Writer-director Neill Blomkamp proved himself to be adept at socially-conscious sci-fi with 2009's District 9. Elysium was another film in the same vein, this time looking at the class struggle between the elites on Elysium and the suffering poor on an overpopulated Earth.
Why we were disappointed: A great idea suffered from terrible execution, with a particularly miserable third act. The social message, however admirable, was heavy-handed in the worst way. Also, um, what the hell was going on with Jodie Foster's accent?
What the critics said: "District 9 managed a graceful, entertaining fusion of political satire, some sensational monster CGI and a wry narrative take on interspecies friendship. Elysium, for all its visual and allegorical density, could use the input of that gifted filmmaker. Somebody, get Neill Blomkamp to save Neill Blomkamp." - Richard Corliss, Time