Book Review: Elysium: The Art of the Film

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Genre(s): Sci Fi, Coffee Table Books, Making of
Format: Paperback, Hardcover
Publisher: Titan Books

Description: From the mind of Neill Blomkamp comes a backstage look at the sci-fi movie Elysium. Blomkamp, who brought us District 9, has allowed readers to look inside his complex and talented head to see all of the thought that went into making Elysium the movie that it is. This book shows readers a cradle to grave look through panoramic illustrations how the magic of this movie happens.

Review: Books like this tend to get my geek. I found the concept of the movie interesting enough, but when presented with a book like this, it is hard to not want to go out, buy the movie and watch it at least 100 times to catch all of the cool little nuances that you are exposed to in this book. Often as movie goers we take the amazing things that film makers do at face value and seldom take the time to look at the little details that make movie environment come alive. Extras on whatever film medium are a great way to learn about all of those little things, but a book like this really gives the reader/viewer a chance to savor those small details. I read this book from cover to cover then re-watched the movie, and what a difference 179 pages of really great information and illustrations made! I went back for thirds and had my finger poised on the pause button. I focused on the visuals and knowing what went into creating them and how much work went into making them “come to life” made the movie a much more intimate experience.

If you love digging into movies and learning more about them, this book is for you. This book is visually stunning and the inside-look at the “process” of making Elysium will help you to appreciate what Blomkamp and crew accomplished. Even if you are not a fan of the movie, there is some really amazing concept art, not to mention the fact that they brought in someone to develop the icons brands of the consumer goods you see, even if briefly, during the film, which shows how down in the weeds they got. Elysium: The Art of the Film is eye candy at its sweetest.

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