Written January 26, 2015
Ok, actually tied with Superman but this one had more earnest and heart than superman did, the political message a bit heavy but otherwise very solid film.
Written October 25, 2014
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 September 15, 2014
"The IMAX Experience" isn't. It's the normal theater aspect ratio and doesn't come close to filling the screen of an IMAX theater.
Jodie Foster was particularly disappointing. Weird accent, crappy character, melodramatic, and just not the Jodie Foster who is usually pretty awesome.
The camera shaking is overdone.
Storyline is OK, but just.
After watching Pacific Rim: the IMAX Experience, I was pretty underwhelmed by this movie.
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 December 01, 2015
In an early scene, Matt Damon's nasty boss insists he go into the dangerous elevator and dislodge the door from the inside. While it makes no sense (why does an elevator get irradiated? why would any sane person go in? how does anyone expect him to get out?), he agrees and of course gets a lethal dose of radiation. There's no explanation for most of the movie--you just know that rich people are evil, corporate heads are evil, politicians are evil, and poor people are mostly evil with a few exceptions like the dying, innocent little girl with the big eyes and soft voice.
The action scenes are so chopped up that it's impossible to tell who's winning until the action stops and we see who's standing. Damon's outfit looks like a cheap plastic Halloween costume that dangles from his body. Does it give him super-strength? Sometimes it does, but most of the time he gets thrown all over the place.
Avoid this ho-hum movie; it has nothing to offer.