Written January 30, 2015
The special effects are great, and Damon does a good job.
But the story line is weak. They probably should have had fewer characters, and developed them better. Not enough time was devoted to Elysium and the environment that had been created there. If I had written it I would have spent more time on the character played by Jodie Foster.
Written August 11, 2013
Complete waste of time to see. Wait until it comes out on your movie channel. I wasted $39 for ImaX that fits more like a movie on SyFi channel. You rarely see Elysium at all or why it was made. You spend most time on Earth that is a poor zone. Matt is just terrible in this, such a wooshy type of person. Jody was nothing in this movie, guess she need a tax write off for next year. Don't see this and waste your money. What you have seen on TV for the movie is the movie no new surprises and my partner and I both fell asleep off and on during the movie if that tells you anything...
Written January 30, 2015
It looked like it was shot in the same location like District 9. Gritty, kind of clever, and pretty entertaining. It didn't reinvented the wheel though.
The bad guy didn't felt that bad. The story was kind of predictable. Great action sequence and stellar special effects.
If you like science fiction movies you'll be pleased with this one.
Written January 29, 2015
At its essence it's about a battle for access to health care! With a subtheme around immigration. Visuyally a mashup of Blade Runner, MadMax and several others. That the real bad guy has a South African accent presumably and solely because the director is South African tells the commitment to integrity in the process. It's well made,and Matt Damon has great intrinsic appeal, so roughly a 7 out of a 10. Read Ringworld by Larry Niven for a fuller exploration of the concept.
Written March 28, 2015
I thought ahead of time it might not be the greatest of films, particularly when I saw several reviews comparing it to District 9. (As if THAT was the gold standard!) Then again, I thought it has Jodie Foster and Matt Damon in it so it cannot be all that bad. It was all that bad and more. 109 minutes of shooting and violence with a plot full of bullet holes. Great if you like that kind of thing to the exclusion of any real human engagement or character development. I can think of better ways to make a film for $115,000,000. I was prepared for it to not be the greatest film and just be somewhat entertained but this one really stunk. As for it being a preachy liberal manifesto , that might have been interesting. Unfortunately this movie did not even manage that. Did I say it was the worst film I have seen in years? I love the genre of Sci fi but the 20 dollar addmission fee for this is an embarresment