“I’m going to take you to Elysium, I promise.”– Matt Damon as Max DaCosta
What’s good: Cool visuals and the awesome weapons used.
What’s not good: Silly exo-suit and the dreaded shaky camera.
What happened: The divide between the rich and the poor has never been as great as it is today. For several years now, we have been bombarded with stories of shady company executives stealing millions leaving innocent employees destitute. While a select few enjoy the luxurious life, the rest struggle to provide for their families. ‘Elysium’ tries its best to highlight this issue in a creative way, but unfortunately just falls short of expectations.
In 2154 A.D., the rich have fled to the stars in order to escape the masses. While they rest comfortably in a world where disease has been eradicated, earth has become a hell hole full of poverty stricken individuals fighting to live another day. One of earth’s inhabitants, Max (Matt Damon), has been in and out of trouble his whole life. Everything from stealing cars to breaking and entering have made his rap sheet a mile long. He suffers a horrible accident that puts his life in peril.
Elysium’s Defense Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) is determined to protect her home at all costs. What she does to a group of refugees early on is downright heartless. She enlists the services of the dangerous mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to do her bidding. Max is soon forced to make a deal that changes his body forever. With only days to live, Max must make it to Elysium to save himself and protect the one he loves.
Easily the most exciting moments in ‘Elysium’ are the gun battles. Wait until you see how Max’s gun totally obliterates everything in its path! Kruger’s weapons and shield were fun to watch too. Sharlto Copley was the lone standout in the film though. He breathes life into an otherwise average flick. ‘Elysium’ is sure to spark controversy over its racial component to the rich versus poor issue. Most of Elysium’s wealthy inhabitants were white while the poor on Earth were typically Latino.
The biggest issue most will have with ‘Elysium’ is Max’s exo-suit. This is the main selling point of the film and it looked rather silly. The suit’s powers were just not showcased enough either. There should have been more scenes revealing everything Max was capable of while wearing it. Also, there was no chemistry between Max and Frey (Alice Braga) whatsoever. Their relationship was so weak that audiences ultimately will not care if they stay together. This is why the sacrifice Max makes in the end doesn’t have the impact that it should. Another problem with ‘Elysium’ is with Jodie Foster’s character. She was set up beautifully to be an awesome villain, but never did much else during the rest of the film. Making her role bigger would have helped this movie so much. Finally, people have got to understand how awful a shaky camera is to a film. You know it’s bad when the camera moves around so much that you might actually vomit on the person next to you. Even simple scenes of two characters talking became a chore to take in. Some of the fight scenes were almost unwatchable at times.
Bottom Line: ‘Elysium’ had so much potential that it just could not capitalize on. You’re better off waiting until this one becomes a rental.
Rating: R Run time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
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