Written September 21, 2014
The Good: Elysium is a beautiful sci fi movie. With the exception of the healing machines, the depicted technology advancements seem completely plausible. The settings are amazingly well done, a lot of the details are very cool (i.e. the parole officer), and the action is great...though there's too much "shaky cam" during the chase and fight sequences.
The Bad: Despite fantastic visuals, Elysium never drew me into the characters. Though Matt Damon gives a great performance, the setup for his actions of self preservation don't add up to a compelling reason to advance the movie. The plot never made me a believer in what was going on. The integrity of Elysium's story is even more suspect when contemplating the movie in retrospect.
A contrived plot buoyed by a great setting and big budget execution will be a go for most. For me, it was meh
There's nothing during or after the credits
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Written October 27, 2014
This movie truly sucked a$$. Can't Hollywood make a movie now-a-days that doesn't have some connotation, a hidden message, a parallel to today's political events? This could have been a great sci-fi but instead Hollywood decided to embed themselves in current events. Anyone that didn't get the true intent behind this horrible movie needs to have their head examined. There went nearly two hours of my life that I'll never get back.
Written August 10, 2013
Four years after Neill Blomkamp's terrific debut with District 9, his followup is more than a mere disappointment. Despite the fantastic visual effects and spectacular action sequences, it's difficult to even appreciate Elysium on an aesthetic level, as the action is far too in-your-face and heavy on the shaky-cam technique to fully enjoy. Completing the package we have every cliche in the playbook, curiously mediocre performances despite the largely talented cast, a mechanic by-the-numbers script, a hypocritical, exaggerated, impractical message, and the overly self serious, self important tone escalated by its soundtrack vaporizes almost all of the fun that should have been had with this film.
All in all, we're left with a movie that feels entirely "borrowed", bogged down with an ineffective Orwellian message under a constantly heavy tone that speaks no wisdom, and hardly any truth.
Written August 11, 2013
I got such headache after watching Elysium!!! They use one of those "shaky camera" techniques, tough on your eyes.
Also, the whole plot seemed politically correct, in a racist sort of way. I know, I know, how is it possible to be PC and racist? Well, the entire population of Elysium are these rich, entitled, classical-music listening Whites, while the poor schmucks still living on Earth is a swarming mass of poor, dirty, uneducated Mexicans. Imagine that: Los Angeles in 2152, crime-ridden, polluted, filled with Spanish-speaking masses! Nothing ever changes under the Sun, I guess.
Acting: Jodi Foster was over-acting and not very good, while Matt Damon rocked! He truly is a great actor.
Written November 26, 2014
I enjoyed watching this movie. It was something I have not seen before...very imaginative. It was entertaining to me...others have reviewed this as a so-so movie, but for my entertainment dollar, I enjoyed it thoroughly.