Written April 25, 2015
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
Written October 04, 2015
If you want to see Jodie Foster's worst performance, it still is not worth seeing.
If you want to see poor casting, it still is not worth seeing.
No reason to waste time and money on this film.
Written August 28, 2015
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 September 03, 2015
The look of this film was fantastic. The dystopia was certainly believable. In the end it become an allegory about the need for universal healthcare. The film was clever and realistic up to the last few minutes, and its sharp look forgives any sins committed as the movie wraps up.
Written February 07, 2016
Although Elysium is not on the level of Blomkamp's District 9, it does hold its own in the sci-fi genre, combining compelling storytelling with riveting action sequences.