Written July 28, 2014
While the premise and general idea behind the story seemed great, they definitely missed the mark once it was all said and done with. Even with the stunning visuals throughout the film, I couldn't help but scratch my head when attempting to sort out the tangled web of story points. Definitely a film that you can wait to catch at home in a few months.
Written January 27, 2015
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 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 September 18, 2014
Matt, Matt, Matt, what were you thinking? One of the worst three movies I've ever seen, along with Joe Versus the Volcano and Time Travelers Wife!
Jodi Fosters accent was ridiculous and whomever edited the movie, needs glasses, as when they were editing scenes with Jodi Foster, didn't anyone notice her earrings changed in every scene, even those that were supposed to be continuous.
You know it's a bad movie when earrings and accents stand-out!
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.