Written July 29, 2016
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 May 24, 2016
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 May 04, 2016
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 July 28, 2016
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 May 31, 2016
This movie is nothing more than a political agenda film.
To sum it up.
Rich white people and Indians move to a huge satellite and keep everyone else who is not a rich white/Indian person from getting there. E.g. Blacks, Mostly Hispanics, and I don't recall any poor white people or Indians just one poor white criminal Matt Daymon....???
I'm not a racially biased person, but the movie just goes on and on and on on this, it is the WHOLE content matter. I didn't read the book but I imagine it was better than this.
ALSO I want to mention you cannot understand a word (Sharlto Copley) the bad guy says.
Diego Luna did well on his acting and would like to see him in other films.
I felt this movie would have been more accurate/better? if all (more) nationalities were spread on both sides of the fence and not feeling like a bunch of poor Hispanics were just trying to cross the proverbial fence...blah
Oh, and if you want to know, I'm a white man.