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5.0 out of 5 stars good film
Don't normally watch films that are not free, but since it was Easter, nice treat and well worth the money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Enjoyable way to waste a couple of hours of your life but don't expect a classic . Like going fishing and not catching anything.
Published 2 months ago by Mr A Spiers


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 2 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Elysium [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Enjoyable way to waste a couple of hours of your life but don't expect a classic . Like going fishing and not catching anything.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Robo-Man, 26 Nov 2013
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Valerie J. (West Yorks, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Elysium [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
It's 2154 and the future for people on Earth is grim. When young Max Da Costa promised his girlfriend, Frey, that one day he would take her to a Stanford-Torus type space station called Elysium, a Utopian place where all the wealthy people now live, he meant it. Later, as a grown man living on dystopian planet Earth, overpopulated and governed and policed by ruthless robots, his promise to Frey (Alice Braga) isn't all that easy to fulfil. Max (Matt Damon) works in a factory but one day things go badly wrong and he becomes radiation poisoned with only 5 days to live. Given the chance to save his life using Elysium technology, all he has to do is get there. But a tyrannical woman called Delacourt (Jodie Foster) has firm control there and she doesn't like the hoi polloi from Earth landing on Elysium. Max has to find a way to get there to survive, but it's risky.

What I don't get about Elysium (2013) is that futuristic humans have all that super-duper technology for healthcare, space stations, advanced robots, and the rest, but are still communicating by way of what looks like today-size mobile phones and lugging around things that look like laptops. What happened to 'less is more'?

Elysium has an awful lot of action with very limited quiet moments to develop characters, which is ok for some but it was all too Robo-man meets Robocop meets the Transformers, if you ask me. Now, I'm not saying it was a lousy film, or even a bad film as it was highly watchable (for those who like a lot of action) and I'll probably watch it again one day although not any day soon. I just cannot see the participants of this movie, including Damon and Foster, lining up the Oscars on the mantelpiece although I wouldn't mind betting that the superb Elysium soundtrack by Ryan Amon, available at iTunes, wins one.

I have to mention that the special effects and Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) were spot on. But I could have lived with less if it meant that the movie had more depth.

VJ - Movies and Books World
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but still a lot to love!, 24 April 2014
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Life's good in 2154, if you're lucky enough to be ridiculously wealthily enough to live on Elysium, a luxuriously equipped space habitat orbiting an overpopulated and devastated Earth. After receiving an accidental lethal dose of radiation at work leaving him with just days to live, Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), a former car thief, and now a parolee, seeks help from a smuggler named Spider (Wagner Moura) to get him to Elysium where state-of-the-art Med-Bays exist that can cure any illness.

I'd very high hopes for Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his incredible District 9, it must be said (they certainly do know how to cut a trailer!) and ultimately was ever-so-slightly disappointed with the execution, it all seemed a bit paper thin plot-wise and somewhat rushed in the end with rather disappointing performances from all, Sharlto Copley excepted, the film would have been an absolute washout if it wasn't for his stand out performance as Agent Krueger, one of the nastiest pieces of work to ever grace the screen: "Pull it out, it's just a flesh wound!" lol.

I genuinely have to say that it has most definitely benefitted from further viewings though, Weta packed an awful lot of work into the special effects and you really do have to watch it several times in order to take it all in, I kid you not. Very crisp from a Blu perspective (no shortage of extras on the disc if that's your sort of thing) with a very rich soundscape, well worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good film, 23 April 2014
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Don't normally watch films that are not free, but since it was Easter, nice treat and well worth the money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok for one time when nothing else to do, 24 Mar 2014
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story is ok, actors play is not good enough. Matt Damon disappointed. After film with Tom Cruse with similar story this film is like poor copy trying to who show more actions and some blood.
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2.0 out of 5 stars One BIG yawn, 23 Mar 2014
This review is from: Elysium (DVD)
A wafer thin plot that barely does enough to keep the attention.The trouble is this is a well trodden path,a sort of "Wall-e",in live action,with a similar feel & look as "District 9"'
Matt Damon is about the best thing in it but as they say,you can't polish a turd,so not even he can save it.The film looks really good but like "Oblivion"it does fall into the style over substance category.

A good idea badly executed & not even the good cgi is enough,but it never is,a film needs more.Very disappointing,painfully slow or maybe I was just bored,that'll be it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not brilliant, 22 Mar 2014
This review is from: Elysium (DVD)
Usual baddies vs goodies, underdogs vs overlords, anti-hero, fight for survival affair, with the expected feel-good factor thrown in.
Some "smashin" fight scenes and a (very) few, new interesting special effects.

Highly watchable and you may even find yourself willing Damon on
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, 22 Mar 2014
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A. Cole "T. CEE" (WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Elysium (DVD)
After watching After Earth & Oblivion wasn't expecting that much of this really but was pleasantly surprised as one reviewer bemoaned there are not many quite moments in this film but it is a good entertaining action movie Big Screen surround sound amp turned up and sit back and have a fun 90 minutes ..... seen much worse
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea poor execution, 20 Mar 2014
This review is from: Elysium (DVD)
Good idea for a sci-fi film about runaway pollution and sanctuary for the rich, pity about the poor script letting it down. All the characters were cartoon-like in their development and it was all black and white, rich guys are bad, poor guys are good. Some good action sequences but let down by the lead bad guy having a near incomprehensible accent. Good for filling in a couple of hours when you have nothing better to do.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, 18 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Elysium (Blu-ray)
I loved 'District 9', so had high hopes for this. Visually it's stunning, but the script is appalling - full of clumsy plotting, and laughably bad melodrama. Avoid.
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