Written February 14, 2016
Overall I was disappointed. Instead of an action packed thriller, you get a hodge podge of sub plots that never really get entirely fleshed out. The Jodi Foster character is especially obtuse - you don't really get her or what she hopes to accomplish at all. The plot never gets going and the actors just plod along. It's OK for a rainy Sunday afternoon, but if I was to describe the movie using just one word???? Boring!
Written May 25, 2017
I'm a woman in my late 50's who still loves Sci-Fi. This movie shows the parallels between the struggles of people wanting to immigrate to Elysium and those who want legal citizenship in the U.S. in our time. I got the concept after the first 15 minutes, so I really didn't need to have it shoved down my throat for the next 2 hours. I was also a little disappointed in the portrayal of the Elysium structure itself. I wanted to see more futuristic sets, but it looked like they went to a country club in Florida to film most of it. The best special effects revolved around the robotic suit that Matt Damon's character wore, so if you are a Transformers-type fan, you might think it's great. Perhaps the budget was spent on securing the actors and not on the sets. Don't get me wrong - having to spend a couple of hours looking at Matt Damon is pretty entertaining in itself, but I still want an "other-worldly" experience if I'm going to see a movie in a theater.
Written February 23, 2017
After watching the trailers, I thought it would have a fantastic plot, high adrenaline action, and strong characters....
It did have a great base to become a fantastic story, but it fails miserably on the plot. With Matt Damon, you would expect great character depth and great action, Matt Damon did pretty well on his part, but the character depth and action were too weak. Human /Robot interactions were also very flimsily built!
All in all, wasted my time and money!
Written March 30, 2017
This movie Jody Foster basically phoned it in, literally. And the ending was dumb, I especially hated the politics of the movie. I am really getting tired of rich people are bad, and poor people are good, and just had bad luck. I especially hated that they were trying to force a political agenda down my throat. i thought the acting was sub par.
Written August 28, 2016
This movie would have been so much better if the subject matter had been handled more subtley. It was just too heavy handed and preachy to be effective as an allegory. But some parts were really fun, I particularly enjoyed the secondary villain, Krueger. But yeah, way too preachy to be completely enjoyable, or plausible- even for a sci-fi.