Too much of everything
The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
In the year 2159, humanity is sharply divided between two classes of people: The ultrarich live aboard a luxurious space station called Elysium, and the rest live a hardscrabble existence in Earth's ruins. His life hanging in the balance, a man named Max (Matt Damon) agrees to undertake a dangerous mission that could bring equality to the population, but Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) vows to preserve the pampered lifestyle of Elysium's citizens, no matter what the cost.
Elysium is the name of an orbiting satellite. It has a controlled environment and is where the rich and powerful live. The United States has been reduced to a land of illegals in an extension of class warfare. Health care is different for the rich than the poor. The "illegals" attempt to go to Elysium to get health care. The film also is an extension of surveillance drones, automated robots, and how computers run the world.In an unusual role Jodi Foster plays Delacourt, the emotionless Secretary of Defense who protects Elysium. At times she is similar to Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" and really needed to be more like him. It was not a good role for her. Matt Damon plays Max in his usual man against the system. After an industrial accident, Max has 5 days to live and opts to join the resistance against the powers of Elysium.I have not read the book, but you can tell from the film that the book was better as there are massive parallels to today's society which most likely the film couldn't incorporate them all. Yet at the same time, I felt a bit bogged down by the overtness of this morality film.Good looking graphics. Good ending. Fair plot. Dialogue needed to be lighter. Politically to the left.Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
This was a nice surprise as I didn't even know this movie existed before watching it on TV. The main characters and the futuristic science fiction made me watch it.I think they could have better addressed the issues of an over-populated and diseased Earth (that can indeed resemble our future planet). From a macro story of the Earth's population, the movie focus too quickly on the micro story of two or three main characters. The golden Paradise of Elysium is poorly shown, it almost felt like there wasn't any money left to show it properly as we only get glimpses of what is going on in there... This is in my opinion the biggest mistake of the movie.The whole story is a good one, heartwarming even, but sometimes skips logical steps perhaps to prevent the movie from being too long but also making it just one more science fiction story that we enjoy watching but will hardly 'revisit' from time to time.The acting was great, I felt sorry about Matt Damon's anger and troubled life. It is definitely worth watching but not good enough to be remembered.
Harrison Tweed (Top Dawg)
Neill Blomkamp did it again as writer and director in this visual masterpiece set in a dystopian era.He seems to have a knack with these type of productions, and executed this one really well. I'm shocked at the low average score - yet another underrated film.Casting Matt Damon was the right choice - c'mon, it's Matt Damon. His character was very convincing, as was Jodie Foster's and Sharlto Copley's.The Cinematography and VFX were great. The editing could have used a little tweaking.The plot had some issues here and there, but the VFX and directing made up for that.It's a 9/10 from me!