Written November 29, 2013
Interesting, intense... though not one I'd necessarily want to see again. Thought the exo-skeleton technology was intriguing. Had a challenge feeling engaged by Jody Foster's portrayal of her character... perhaps intended. Spider was a compelling and interesting character, loved the way Wagner Moura played him.
Written October 06, 2015
A thin film, with a role-play-game set up via titling on screen. I thought a rule book might follow, though anyone who has seen Johnny Mnemonic or Strange Days would at least have experience. The thing meant to make us care, the relationship between the Max and his childhood sweetheart, is served cold; it's a romance with no romance. The actress, Alice Braga, acts like a converted pop singer making her first film. The hacker mumbo-jumbo, which one has come to expect in pictures like these, goes to new extremes of silliness. Spider needs all of two seconds to figure out the stolen code, even though only one citizen of Elysium could have written it. Did he put a summary in there for revolutionaries? And in the e-version of the giant EMERGENCY button in the engine room, he needs only retype "illegal" as "legal" to sign up the whole world for free medical treatment. There is one great moment and one great line: "What's in it for the hippo?" What's in it for you? Not much.
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 August 28, 2015
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.
Written December 28, 2014
This movie is much like District 9 with a Hunger Games story line. Special effects are very good. Lots of action, but the story line has a few holes that must be overlooked. Overall, it is an enjoyable movie that is better viewed on the big screen.