Popular wisdom considers Elysium a sophomore slump: not bad, but not quite up to director Neil Blomkamp‘s extraordinary feature debut, District 9. This new film is too preachy, they say. Too obvious. It wears its heart too loudly on its sleeve and, for what is apparently Jodie Foster‘s swan song, the celebrated actress really phones it in. All of these things are true. And yet they resolutely fail to diminish the film’s impact, both as a comment on our times and as straight-up entertainment in its own right. When it arrived in theaters last summer, we were in desperate need of a film to shake us out of the doldrums. Now that it’s out on Blu-ray, its sterling qualities stand out all the more. Hit the jump for my full review.