In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary... View more >
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A better science fiction movie in recent months. The movie is directed by Neil Blomkamp who directed the 2009 movie "District 9" which it was nominated an Oscar for Best Picture. I disagree, I think "500 Days of summer" should have gotton that noed instead. But never mind, here's a science fiction that is very smart and very daring. The year is 2159 and two classes emerge; the wealty who live on a huge space station named "Elysium" while the poor live on the dirty overpopulated Earth. There are people who wanted to go there, just to cure on uncurable dieases. Getting there is difficult, you either getting shot down or if you did get there, you will arrested and deported. Matt Damon plays a worker on Earth. After he was injured in an industrial accidengt, he vow to get into Elysium to get cure, but first he must do a few tasks to get there. I like the way that the planet Eart was protrayal,Dirty, dusty, with lots of old buildings, while Elysium is a nice wonder place to live. You'll be thinking about the movie.
Some dialogue hard to understand.
A shoot-'em-up gone awry describes this clinker. Some of the lines are so poorly written, you'd think a 6th grader wrote it.
Enough already with all the films showing doom for the U.S. in the future. This film is reminiscent of the Grade B films of monster beasties from the 1950's. Some of the lines are so ridiculous, it's almost funny.
I enjoyed Neill Blomkamp's "District 9" from 2009, as I thought it used science fiction and aliens to convey a story that anyone could relate to, while doing it with a style that was original. It's the movie that put Sharlto Copley on the map, and he returns in a fairly significant role here in "Elysium."
Leading the list of names, though, is Matt Damon as our protagonist. Supported by Copley's excellent performance as a live-wire field agent for Jodie Foster's power-hungry, Elysium-living villain, Damon plays an everyman factory worker stuck on what's left of Earth after those with money left for the aforementioned Elysium, a space station that has all the comforts of home, at least, before home became a desolate wasteland.
The storyline of Damon's past and his relationship with Alice Braga's Frey seemed incomplete, almost as though too much was edited out.
While I liked the ending, I didn't feel nearly as connected with Damon's character as I remember being with Copley's turn as a low-level government agent who becomes embroiled what was basically a story of immigration and how the alien "immigrants" were treated. This story was also much more straight-forward, with little allegorical meaning beyond the typical struggle between the "haves" and "have-nots" which has been done so many times before.
Those criticisms aside, though, Elysium is still an enjoyable movie. It's "Good" but not "See Now!" material.
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