Written August 13, 2013
The constant shift of motive and placeholders about what to do with the world of haves and have-nots, and a card key access to medical care is telling about those in control of our freedoms and sovereignty. Plus taking a latino car chop shop to an exoskeleton body mash en la futura es logical, though I don't know if Matt sold me on being a latin man. And how did the atmosphere of Elysium stay contained in the ring without a visible force field?
Written July 26, 2014
I was stoked to see Damon and Foster in a sci-fi action flick and they didn't disappoint. Movie was a bit slow to pick up so you could learn the characters and relationships - wasn't totally necessary. Once the action picked up it was great and I liked that Damon wasn't invincible with his armor. He balanced well between human trying to survive and super-charged hero kicking butt. Also had some really awesome supporting cast. Spider was fantastic and Kruger was hard to understand sometimes but definitely an interesting character who added to the action.
Written July 24, 2014
Elysium can't seem to make up its mind about its story. The protagonist stumbles through a series of accidents, culminating in saving the planet in order to save a little girl. The incoherent story seems to be a pretext for a great deal of close-quarters combat, something that would likely be obsolete in a high-tech society capable of orbiting a gigantic utopian habitat.
If you want to learn how we have progressed from hitting each other with sticks to bashing each other with exo-skeleton suits, go see Elysium. The worst part of the experience was being involuntarily subjected to a 10 minute trailer for an upcoming Metallica film, probably the loudest, ugliest and most disturbing piece of cinema I have ever seen.
It will be a long time before I sit in an IMAX theater again.
Written July 25, 2014
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 August 21, 2014
Matt Damon was good and it had an okay story line, but three fourths of the way through there was a bunch of worthless fights and explosions.