Written December 22, 2014
Excellent action adventure movie, thought-provoking view on the future, but a very predictable plot. If for no other reason, see it for the special effects in IMAX!
Written November 23, 2014
I'm a hardcore science fiction fan, and I have to say that this is up there for me as being one of the best sci-fi movies I have seen to date. It felt like a more modernized version of 2001 with nearly perfect special effects. I've read books that talk about the technology needed to build a space station like this, and Elysium hits it right on the head. Some parts of the movie were a little out there, but the movie makes up for that in the plot and action. I was really glad that I saw it on the IMAX screen, and I almost wish that I had seen it in 3D - may have to go see it again. ;)
Written August 13, 2013
As a sci-fi action flick, it wasn't bad. The visuals were stunning, the technological premises were pretty good. The villains weren't convincing, though, but I could at least understand their motivations (even if they were pretty far over the top).
What I didn't like was the 100% constant in-your-face politics of the movie. Elysium is what Hollywood thinks of the United States. It's a Haves vs. Have-Nots. And for whatever reason, the Haves possess a magic healing machine. They choose not to let the Have Nots use these machines. Why? Umm...well...simply because they don't want to? So clearly the Haves are heartless, soulless Republicans who simply don't care about anybody else. And once all the rich people left Earth, THE ENTIRE PLANET FALLS INTO THIRD WORLD SQUALOR.
Oh, and there are plenty of Iraq War references in the movie as well.
If you're a huge liberal, you might love this. If you don't buy into socialism, you'll be annoyed by the preachy-ness of this movie.
Written September 22, 2014
Cool concept here, but most of the movie was spent building a plot that was easily predicted in the first 5 minutes of the movie. The rest of the time was just watching everything happen exactly as planned.
Most of the film was shot in the slums, and the cool visuals were only a few minutes long combined.
Lastly, the whole poor people rebelling over the rich is getting a bit too played out in Hollywood right now. We get it, us 99% generate most of the movie tickets sales, so you are supposed to play to our anger towards the system. "Workers of the world, Unite!" Since when did Hollywood become communist? Do we really expect an over populated planet to all get citizenship on space station?
Why did they install a metal jacket into his spine over his t-shirt? Matt Damon was okay,but he should pick better films. Could have had a B-lister for this role and saved some money.
Written July 24, 2014
I came into this movie with great expectation, and was left disappointed. Just what was it that the critics loved so much about this movie when they trashed The Lone Ranger? I haven't a clue, unless there's a liberal agenda here. The Lone Ranger - while overshadowed by Johnny Depp - borrowed much from history and mixed plausible but over-the-top adventure with great humor. Elysium seemed far-fetched from the standpoint of plot, technology, social order, and human interaction. I'm a scientist and love sci fi. There were lots of gadgets, but they made no sense to me. The something-from-nothing magic health care machines made no sense to me. Elysium government run by software made no sense to me. The romance had the sizzle of puppy love. Fight scenes were confusing and showed no realistic martial choreography. Somebody spent a lot of money working with a perfectly awful plot, and hoped that a few stars would rescue the movie. For me it didn't. Save your money and watch it on cable