Flash Movie Review: Elysium

Depending on my mood, I can usually find a movie to fulfill my needs. When I want to sit back and check out from reality, a fantasy or science fiction film is the perfect choice. To learn more about a subject, whether it is of historical or current value, I seek out a documentary. I find this to be one of the major attributes about movies; the incredible variety they offer us. There are times, however, when a film can take me by total surprise and this action filled science fiction movie was one of them. Expecting to just see a dramatic fantasy, this movie was relevant to me on a personal level. Having recently spent 2 days with a family member in a hospital emergency room and at doctor visits, I was exposed to the harsh realities of being sick. Witnessing the monumental processing and procedures placed on patients and staff, I sat and wondered how things would be if one did not have insurance or on the other hand, one had an all encompassing insurance policy. I cannot tell you the shock I had as I watched the emergency room nurses handle everything that came through their doors. My family member was fortunate to have a private space where the doctors were able to look him over; unlike the poor woman who was laid out on a gurney in the middle of the hallway. Set in the year 2154, this stunning film was about a society that was split into 2 classes. The poor and disadvantaged citizens lived on a bleak, exhausted earth while the wealthy lived on a space station called Elysium; a place that had eliminated sickness and crime. Matt Damon (Promised Land, The Adjustment Bureau) played factory worker Max. When a fatal accident left Max with only days to live; he agreed to take on a risky mission that could not only save his life, but could change the fate of the entire planet. Matt was a solid workhorse in this role, helped by the wild hardware implanted in his body. The movie’s special effects and sets were so naturally beautiful, I got lost in the realness of them. There was such detail to every shot that it made the story’s weaknesses stand out even more. I did not feel emotionally attached to any of the characters. Sadly Jodie Foster’s (Panic Room, Contact) character Delacourt Rhodes was odd to me. Why she had an accent was beyond me; I did not find her character had any depth. The strongest screen presence came from Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) as undercover agent Kruger. I could see where writer and director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) was going with this movie about the haves and have-nots; it was a valiant effort. Depending on your mood when you view this film, you will either take a trip to Elysium or sit and wish things were going better for you. A few scenes had blood in them.


2 3/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 12, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Hope your family member is all right now! I’ve wanted to see this because I loved District 9 and Sharlto Copley.

  2. We almost went to see this one this weekend. It had such potential. After reading the above, I think I’ll wait for netflix, so thanks for saving me the bucks. 🙂

    • I am glad I could help. Just in case you like visual treats, you may want to see this film just for the big screen treatment. The settings looked so real. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  3. The Dancing Rider

    Hope your family member is better now.

    It hought District 9 was heavy-handed and over-rated. However, I still look forward to seeing Elysium, as one of my favorite genres is the post-apocolyptic / bleak earth background. Though Jodie Foster with an accent sounds just plain weird!

    • Thank you for your concern, he is doing a little better, just waiting for some results to come back before planning the next step. Let me know what you think of this film when you go see it. Thanks.

  4. Hi thanks for dropping by my site and for these informative movie reviews. You have inspired me now to go see Elysium! I do like Matt Damon’s work, especially Good Will Hunting and Bourne. As a movie buff I must ask – do you have an opinion on Dune (David Lynch)?Looking forward to more of your updates 🙂

    • Thank you for coming by to leave your comments. I believe you will enjoy Matt’s performance in this movie. From what I can recall of Dune, I liked the book much more than the movie. Keep up your good work.

      • Thanks so much! Yes the Frank Herbert original novel is excellent, I agree. Though do think David Lynch captured something of the atmosphere of the book. Other books pretty good too- I just read House Atreides and moving on to House Harkonnen – they’re prequel type volumes. Well, thanks again for your interest and encouraging comments 🙂

      • Think nothing of it, I enjoy hearing from readers. Be well.

  5. The Dancing Rider

    Really enjoyed the visuals of this movie, but the story, and too much action, dampened my enthusiasm. I tried to over look that the movie was done by the District 9 folks (a movie I thought was vastly over rated). I did like Damon’s performance, such as it was. Near-futuristic scenarios are one of my favorites, but I felt, again, as in District 9, that this was a political commentary….. :/

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