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Elysium 2013

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In the year 2154, 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 Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium - but that doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can.

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Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Neill Blomkamp
Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Supporting actors Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Brandon Auret, Josh Blacker, Emma Tremblay, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Faran Tahir, Adrian Holmes, Jared Keeso, Carly Pope, Ona Grauer, Michael Shanks, Christina Cox, Terry Chen
Studio TriStar Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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It's got Matt Damon, so it'll be an action flick at least at some point - and if you're an action addict it does take a while to get running along. There's some very gory bits - especially where a grenade removes a man's face - and you're treated to the detail a bit too closely for my liking. Never mind he was a real nasty piece of work - so that's okay then. Is it? Not sure - it's like blood and bone and skin porn really - a bit OTT really.
The tale told isn't that tough to guess what's likely to happen once we meet a (very badly acted) little girl who we're told has a nasty form of leukaemia and won't live long. She looks too healthy to be so sick! From that point we know she's going to be the sacrifice that Matt has to give up his chance at life in order to save - and so it proves.
Hollywood writers need to to attend some "surprise" classes - they're just not very good at doing that. They even telegraphed-ahead that uber-horror of the day with the old lady's applce-cellar corpse in Psycho - couldn't help wondering if she made the apples taste funny? Yech.
Quite why Jodie Foster took the role she did, well - it's a mystery. It's a lousy one, and she did it as badly as I've ever seen her do - anything. Just as well we lost her part way through - it was a relief when she pegged-out.
There's lots of what has become routine fighting and shooting and cut-scenes aplenty - usually a sign that the actors aren't really up to the choreographed gymnastics they're required to perform in modern flick-battles. There's nothing new here, it's like a set of borrowed ideas pasted together to produce a new-idea film.
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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 on 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.

There are massive parallels to today's society which bogged down this morality film by their overtness.

Good looking graphics. Good ending. Fair plot. Dialogue needed to be lighter. Politically to the left.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
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What a pity they turned what was a very interesting and topical set of premises, overpopulation, environmental destruction, turbo techno capitalism and its heartless elite, into merely the back drop of 'good guy vs bad guy battle over damsel in distress' load of old trope. If you want a genuinely thought provoking movie with Jodie Foster in space, ren
t 'Contact'
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Starts off promising with good pace and visual immersion. An impressive hi-jacking scene and clever use of futuristic weaponry. Then half way through the film it goes stale rather quickly as the death toll goes manic and pointless for shock factor. It isn't shocking and the immersion evaporates right up to the cringe inducing ending. And it started off so well.
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My expectations were high after District 9, one of most intelligent sci-fi movies for a long while, asking real questions about the human condition.

Sadly I suppose it was too much to expect Blomkamp to produce another classic.

The ideas in Elysium are good and do hold up a mirror to our Orwellian Dystopia we now live in, but it misfires as a film.

Blomkamp has lost the subtlety present in District 9,even in its action sequences. Elysium is a big canvas, but it's plot fails to live up to the story. I got frustrated at the gratuitous action and fight sequences, especially near then end, which quite frankly having seen they same type my too many times before meant I got bored.

Worse it detracted from the films message. If I want to see Matt Damion do fight sequences I'll watch the Bourne trilogy. He's a better actor than that and I feel in Elysium he's underutilised.

The special effects are superb, the realisation of Elysium itself is breathtaking, Blomkamp has an excellent visual style. Its just a shame the potential of a great story with an important message got lost in the sound and fury of the action laden plot.
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It started out so well. It was less than halfway through that it just became stupid.
Why does a ruthless mercenary become so personally fixated? Just didn't make sense. Just an excuse for violence and shooting.
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Ok. So you know from the outset that this is another have/have-not dystopian future re-imagining much beloved of science fiction since its inception; Eloi and Morlocks, Alphas and Epsilons and all the rest. It’s an old and much reworked theme for a very good reason, highlighting the injustice in the inevitable divide between rich and poor.

In this instance, the ‘haves’ live on a lovely shiny space station while the rest of humanity struggle on in grinding poverty deprived of welfare and the advanced medical care that the ‘haves’ take for granted. So, nothing new there then. Given the subject matter, it is absolutely bound to be stuffed with clichés (and it is) but it really doesn’t matter that it’s an old story and you more-or-less know what’s going to happen from the outset. It’s the treatment of the subject that is the essence of the movie.

As with director Blomkamp’s excellent “District 9”, the atmosphere is elegantly, though perhaps a little heavy-handedly managed, claustrophobic & personal and the CGI is absolutely seamless making for a thoroughly immersive and plausible view of the future. Some of the accents are a bit heavy; Kruger the caricature baddie South African and Spider the Latino techie are almost incomprehensible at times while Jodie Foster’s accent wanders about all over the place. Matt Damon muscles his way through it with his usual aplomb, perfectly cast as the down-trodden ex-con action anti-hero with nothing to lose and although the rest of the characters are a bit one dimensional this somehow enhances rather than detracts from the overall feel of the movie.

While not startlingly original or deeply plotted, this film is well constructed, plausible (well…sort of), highly watchable , engrossing and doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is. A simple movie on an ancient theme and fine addition to our massive science fiction collection, definitely worth several viewings.
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