Written August 24, 2013
The movie was ok. The characters were not very well fleshed out, and the plot was paper thin. The special effects and Matt Damon were effective, but Jody Foster forgot to bring her acting chops. The villain was silly as well. Alice Braga is beautiful as ever.
Written July 24, 2014
There's a lot more to this film than meets the eye. Great cinematography and special effects....but the sociology and technological points of view presented could be a stark preview of coming societal phenomena. The dystopian atmosphere was not presented
in such a way that it would be inappropriate for younger viewers.
Sci-fi at its best. The acting was believable, the story was imaginative, the directing was superb...this guy knows what he's doing.
Written August 13, 2013
The story was told moderately well, meaning you'll care about the characters. This story is a timeless one of the struggle of humanity with distributive justice. It's basically about when people get pushed to far, they will fight back.
Written August 11, 2013
Sort of reminded me of The Matrix and while I've love to sit here and explain why that is I can't do it without giving the movie away. I thought Matt Damon did a pretty good job in the movie however Jodie Foster was just... OK. I mean I hated her as I'm sure I was supposed to but there wasn't really a connection with her character, what she stood for, nor her actions within the movie.
Max... (Matt Damon) had a crappy life. He was a criminal trying to go about things the right way but mostly he was sugar-honey-iced-tea'd for doing the right thing. It was a hopeless movie for Max.
...So basically if you want to watch a movie that sort of looks like The Matrix but fails quite miserably then I urge you to see this. I thought the movie was a solid okay movie but not overly memorable and certainly not enough to have me creating a buzz about how grand it was. Frankly it could have been much better than it was.
Written July 29, 2014
Elysium comes up short in my book. I am a huge fan of sci-fi movies, and the previews for this movie looked great. Overall, it was disappointing, yet not terrible.
1) characters are not convincing, and some of their plots seem way over the top. I just was not buying a few of the acts (the major ones!).
2) Very shaky CAM activities at times, which does not help.
3) I kept looking at my watch.... serious YAWN...
4) It is a movie, yet between the political drifts and unrealistic potential future gadgets, it should have been a cartoon.
The concept of Elysium is beautiful... grossly unrealistic, yet beautiful. Therefore, beautiful visuals on Elysium.
Would not recommend it as a must see. It's too bad.