Written August 20, 2013
Elysium is an alright movie with a bunch of side stories blended in very well. Now for those who haven't seen the movie *SPOILER ALERT*. The movie ends with paramedics on Elysium going down to Earth to aid the poor which brings up to problems. 1) If the people on ELysium are all rich and own those beds that heal people then why have paramedics? and 2) Why not just give the Earthlings some aid. The whole reason people are trying to get on Elysium is to get healed while other folks may have different intentions the whole movie is solely based on getting healed. Another issue I had was the illegals. Why would the Earthlings border hop onto Elysium when everyone up there is well established getting onto Elysium doesn't make you rich so you would still be homeless up there so why risk it? And with the illegals why is it whenever someone broke into a house to get onto those healing beds it seemed no one was home, everyone's rich so they don't need jobs. I would say this is a straight to dvd.
Written August 05, 2015
I can't imagine Matt Damon not doing an incredible job with any performance but choosing scripts may not be his strong suit in this case. The movie wants us to believe that the earth's people can not only be separated into rich and poor but also that those poor (except for one or two) do not have the brains or ingenuity to thrive and so barely survive, that the rich see those "others" as inhuman and easily disposed of, that you can drill large screws into human bone half the size and that person can then get right up and function normally - except that his radiation poisoning that will cause him to expire in 5 days hasn't been temporarily stalled with the convenient little pill he was given but hadn't taken... And no, I haven't given away the movie - that's pretty much the beginning and it stays right on pace from there. It's entertaining and certainly not the worst movie I have seen this year (that would be Lone Ranger), but not up to what we have come to expect from Damon movies
Written October 13, 2015
Elysium is a cross between Mad Max, Gattaca, and Oliver Twist. Typical plot devices made several elements and characters predictable and boring. I'm also not a fan of the shaky camera during running or fighting scenes. I don't need to feel like it's happening to me; I want to see the action. Also Elysium really hits you over the head with the social commentary. And what is up with showing the SAME flash back 3 times? The EXACT same flash back. It never even goes deeper giving the audience an Ah Ha moment.
Bonus points: Go see it with a group of people (like I did) because you will have a mixed bag of people who really liked and those like me who were bored outta their minds. Then go out to dinner or drinks and lively conversation will ensue. The conversations about the movie were far more enlightening and entertaining then the actual movie. And maybe that's the whole point.
Written November 29, 2015
While the premise and general idea behind the story seemed great, they definitely missed the mark once it was all said and done with. Even with the stunning visuals throughout the film, I couldn't help but scratch my head when attempting to sort out the tangled web of story points. Definitely a film that you can wait to catch at home in a few months.
Written February 13, 2016
Great Sci-Fi big budget action movie that I had been waiting a long time to see. I think my problem was that I watched the trailer several times and (purely by coincidence) watched Oblivion on DVD the night before going to see Elysium so there were no surprises in the plot for me., I'd still recommend people go (but don't make my mistake and watch another big budget Sci Fi movie right before) and (probably) don't watch the trailer either. It gives too much away I think.