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 December 03, 2016
I liked this movie. It looked a lot like, "Blade Runner," one of the sci-fi movie classics. It is a very topical film. It tackles the 99% versus the 1% issue, the universal health care issue, and the immigration issue loosely. Some of the special effects are questionable, like the open air space station. How does the wheel shaped space station keep its atmosphere? Where do the space shuttles store their fuel? What kind of fuel do the space shuttles use? All in all it is a very entertaining sc-fi flick with excessive violence. It is very fast paced. It could be a hit and maybe a classic.
Written February 28, 2015
Propaganda dressed up as a movie. If you leave health care in the hands of the BAD corporations, who will do anything to make a profit, then all the great health care advances are locked up and only available for a few. All you have to do to fix this, is have a societal revolt, and then everyone gets to share equally in all the latest technology. The underlying concept was rubbish. Nice match to all Mike Moore's tirades against capitalism, while he lines his own pockets with the profits. Hypocritcal. Nice performance by Jody Foster, playing a french woman and speaking English with an accurate French accent.
Written August 31, 2016
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 May 04, 2016
The plot is very interesting, although I found the script somehow childish and a bit weak in some aspects.
Great fx, if you like science fiction you'll have a good time!