Written May 26, 2015
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 October 31, 2014
The review said it was a thinking person's movie. I couldn't disagree more. On the other hand, it I had been thinking, I would have just walked out when it repeated the same thing over and over again. It is very frustrating because there don't seem to be ANY movies folks who aren't 12 years old can enjoy. Shame on you Hollywood!
Written August 04, 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 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 August 28, 2015
Elysium is, overall, an enjoyable movie. The plot itself seems like an attempt to send a political message while technology interpretation is unrealistic in many circumstances. However, the action, acting, and set was extremely well done. Worth your time, but perhaps not one to see more than once.