Written November 29, 2014
Terrific sci-fi movie that's two parts District 9 and one part Jason Bourne. Matt Damon once again proves that he can handle the leading man role with ease. He's right at home playing the gung-ho do-gooder who wants to break into the stronghold of the rich and privileged to help himself and the poor. Special mention for the performance of Sharlto Copley, who was the lead in District 9. He is menacing in this film. He just keeps on coming and the words out of his mouth are terrifying.
This is a summer blockbuster in its purest sense. A movie to be enjoyed on the biggest screen and the loudest sound system, which basically leaves you no choice but to consider seeing it in IMAX. As Ferris Bueller put it, "if you have the means, I highly recommend it." You will love the special effects and the pulsating sounds in this movie. I was excited and at the edge of my seat the entire time.
Written August 10, 2013
not much of a story, A lot of build up for little delivery of anything but nice acting and special effect. How about some more story development
Written September 17, 2014
First of all let me say I'm not a huge sci-Fi, end of the world movie fan, so having said that if you're like me you should pass. Like all end of the earth movies, the people on earth are dirty in body and clothes and all earth people live in squalor, trash blowing, grafitti everywhere & robots unfairly in charge of the infrastructure. Life on Elysium is like living at a Ritz Carlton . "All" people have in implant or tattoo on their wrist that indicates if they are a citizen. All the dirty, poor, earth people living in squalor are not citizens and those on Elysium are citizens & of course have money. . Other than the obvious advantages of living in Elysium, there is a magnificent machine on Elysium that cures everything from terminal diseases to body part reconstruction. The plot never explains how this division of people happened, but of course all want to live on Elysium with all it's advantages and miracle machine. Very Loud & disjointed plot, skip it or wait for DVR FF assist.
Written August 15, 2013
I so many ways this movie is good. It does not pander to an audience it's notions of tech in the future, this is what it is and how it works. There are some missed opportunities to give depth and meaning to the antagonists here that could have made them more human and really given the movie a more grey quality. As it stands as much as I enjoyed the ride I didn't feel like Damon's character embodied his latin roots or even acknowledge them outside a few pieces of spanish dialog. There was a very heavy handed black and white us versus them feel that just felt like classism for the sake of plot. It could have been handled with greater depth and would not have taken away from a solid movie.
Written December 25, 2014
Visual effects were awesome with said it made us a little nauseous because of the shakiness of the camera. The movie was slow at the beginning and picked up in the middle as the plot unfolded. The concept of the future in this movie was very cool and again the visual effects were outstanding. The writer is way out there.