Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
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I spent the whole movie craving more scenes on Elysium, since the ones that took place on Earth were so bad and boring. Then the jerks from Earth arrived at Elysium and it all got worse. For the record: our "hero" wanted to go there to save his own life (not the little girl's, whom he didn't even let finish her hippo story), the villain had an accent annoying as hell and was a douche, and Foster's talent was wasted.
Elysium is a prime example of a somewhat interesting concept - but by no means groundbreaking - wrapped in nice visuals (as one would expect) to compensate for zero substance. There's no story. There's only action. And to what intent? Contemporary science fiction is yet to stand for something. Terrible, terrible film.
Half-baked action flick with a great sci-fi premise. The most fascinating parts for me weren't the gun fights but the dystopic undertones - what happens when we drain the earth of its natural resources and overpopulate it to shit? Elysium addresses real 21st century problems and then takes them in different direction that manifests lots of explosions in lieu of real philosophical insight. Yawn.
An amalgam of the failings of 21st century capitalism—from income inequality, to closed borders, to the inaccessibility of basic health care, to factory work with no safety standards. This is perhaps the one high concept film of this year so far that would fit nicely alongside the other, more idiosyncratic films that depict our decaying culture (Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring, etc). With a badass cyberpunk veneer.
Ok. If it had a little of 2001, a Space Odissey (in the way Elysium was filmed); if it had a little of District 9 in the detail of life on earth conditions; if it had a little of In Time in the sad concession between alowing a story to be told (in the 1st third of the movie) and then just letting the action burst... it would be ok, not genius or original. It just feels like the set up for the video game. Lazy. Poor.
Despite its constant contradictions, both normative and ideological, and despite its generic plot, which forwards the personal while tenuously grasping the universal, Elysium remains an entertaining exercise in modern blockbuster filmmaking. Unfortunately, the excitement and entertainment wrought by Elysium dies soon after the film fades out. http://aestheticsofthemind.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/elysium-blomkamp-2013/
The noteworthy aspects include an incredible performance from Copley, the beautiful cinematography, and some top-notch special effects. The gorgeous slow motion sequences that punctuate the action scenes were very well used and really added something nice to otherwise typical gunfights. My main criticisms are Blomkamp's lack of writing skill, the painfully simplistic politics, and the lack of any sort of futurism...