We tried to find an economical way to cover all the films that needed to be discussed this week, but somehow talking about a movie where Matt Damon takes a racing plane up to the sixth moon of Jupiter to discover that Jody Foster is the illegitimate daughter of Greek gods who’s fighting zombies who have been crafting jugs with the faces of sacrificial offerings in a small Southern community felt just a little… nonsensical. So instead we’re doing two shows: This one will cover ELYSIUM — Neill Blomkamp’s science-fiction, action allegory in which Matt Damon plays a working shlub desperate to get to an orbiting, upper-class Valhalla to cure his terminal illness — and EUROPA REPORT, Sebastián Cordero’s scientifically accurate drama of a doomed mission to discover life off-earth. Which space race is worth the airfare? Dare we say, maybe both? PLUS: What’s coming to theaters this weekend.
Don’t miss the follow-up podcast, featuring reviews of PLANES, PERCYJACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES, JUGFACE, and an obituary for Karen Black.