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.
Written June 25, 2016
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 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 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 May 24, 2016
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.