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Elysium (2013)

post #1 of 17
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On one hand, this is the follow-up to Neill Blomkamp's excellent District 9, so I'd think the bigger budget and subject matter would make for a potentially excellent film.

On the other hand, the thing that worries me is that you have Matt Damon and Jodie Foster headlining - two actors that have been known recently to take on pet projects that align with certain political views - and the "us vs. them" theme could certainly spiral into a preachy mess. Hopefully that doesn't happen.

You have to love the hypocrisy of Hollywood though...demonizing guns and violence and the elite out of one side of their mouth and yet this summer we have a new action mega blockbuster every week featuring even more spectacular violence than the one from the prior week, all allowing the titans of the film industry to maintain their lifestyles in the real Elysium (the gated compounds of SoCal). icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #2 of 17
Glad he's done with this so he can move onto the movie with Die Antwoord in it.
post #3 of 17
Going today. Anybody else?
post #4 of 17
Yarg- bad movie. Gaping plot holes.... Jodie Foster in possibly her worst scenery chewing performance... complete with randomly shifting accent... nothing for Damon to work with. And plenty of generic baddies that would have been at home in Mad Max with equally bad lines and acting.

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post #5 of 17
I thought it was quite good, though not as good as District 9. It's definitely worth seeing.
post #6 of 17
This was a waste of Damon.
post #7 of 17
What a let down. The immigration/health care critique was so heavy handed. Didn't care for Jodi Foster's character at all.

I thought this would be much better, based on the trailer.
post #8 of 17
I'm glad I did not pay for my ticket.

I didn't really care for all the politics, and the coolest part was when I realized man with the katana was same man from District 9 hohoho nice
post #9 of 17
So not worth seeing?
post #10 of 17
It's definitely worth seeing. You have to suspend some disbelief, but hey, it's a scifi movie. People who read too much of a political message out of it probably prefer to spend their evenings screaming at their cable news.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post

So not worth seeing?

It is only if you want to see Foster's worst acting performance ever.

Even as a sci-fi b movie it's poor.
post #12 of 17

There's lots of dopey stuff in this movie.

 

The sole emphasis on health care limited the story. 

Jodie Foster's accent.

The security system for Elysium is a guy on earth with a surface to air rocket.

Jodie Foster's ass.

Cliches bad guys when you have lethal robots at your disposal.

Jodie Foster's acting.

 

lefty

post #13 of 17
The whole idea behind targeting the pollo shuttles from the earth is deniability. What you should be more incredulous over was using a MANPAD to shoot the ships down in the first place. But then again, it's the future!

The world building is generally thin. Compare that to something like Pacific Rim where the world building was so dense that they forgot pilot and lead characters. (That may be unfair given that PR was essentially a live action anime) I think a lot was simply left to the imagination for Elysium. For instance, what about other nation states? Assuming the top 1% of the future world population is around 100 million, Elysium certainly couldn't fit them all. So there must be other "Elysium's", as it were. And they don't necessarily have to be a space colony. Perhaps greater London and Singapore are walled off. Perhaps there is an artificial continent somewhere. As for Elysium itself, there are all sorts of technical errors in the depiction. A real Elysium would not be in low Earth orbit, and it certainly wouldn't be that small.

Trifling over these things for the purpose of a film like this is very much like discounting the entire story of the average space opera because of the whole artificial gravity issue. As is projecting American politics onto the issue of global inequality.

And for the record, I happen to like Jodie Foster's ass, even though I know I'll never have it..
post #14 of 17

It was oddly done. Elysium looked more like a resort than anything else. Instead to trying so hard to send people up to break into homes and use the med bay, why not just steal the technology? Surely there are a few machines on Earth.

 

Spider landing on Elysium was fucking stupid. Zero opposition?

 

And the reboot was ridiculous. Just mix up everyone's passport and they're all citizens so robot doctors will shoot down to fix what ails them? 

 

The more I think about this movie the more I hate it.

 

lefty

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

It was oddly done. Elysium looked more like a resort than anything else. Instead to trying so hard to send people up to break into homes and use the med bay, why not just steal the technology? Surely there are a few machines on Earth.

Spider landing on Elysium was fucking stupid. Zero opposition?

And the reboot was ridiculous. Just mix up everyone's passport and they're all citizens so robot doctors will shoot down to fix what ails them? 

The more I think about this movie the more I hate it.

lefty

All of this +1
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