Written February 19, 2017
Politically speaking, most of us are not too far to the right or left and fall somewhere near the middle. You could not have made a more American far left political in your face movie than this one. The whole plot is to give health care to the masses of earth now only reserved for those on Elysium. Elysium = The USA. They even call the protectors of Elysium, Homeland Security. They want to allow them all to have access, basically open it up like our American borders should be in their opinion. Amnesty for all, Healthcare for all, one world economy, and in the end, mass destruction. That part they don't play out at all. Who pays for all of this stuff? Someone always has to pay and holds the bills, and there are not enough rich people to pay for everyone. This movie forgets facts like that. What a wonderfully well made movie, well shot, and the acting is even decent. It is a big budget film with a Hollywood liberal agenda. Skip it, TOO LIBERAL! Oh it should be pronounced EliZeum!
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 July 01, 2016
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 October 07, 2015
I had a great time!
My experience was that it was a good story line along with excellent cinematography..
It covered everything from corporate/personal greed and drive, to compassion for the other main characters..All in all, an effective storytelling experience that catches you and didn't let go..
The action was paced properly to keep you interested, but not overwhelemed.
I wouldn't take young cxhildren to see it though, a bit too graphic for younger minds.
After my friends and I left the theater they asked what I thought.. I said," I'd see it again'!
Written October 13, 2015
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.