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First things first: no, Elysium is not as good as District 9. Definitely not. But on its own terms, it stands as a captivating piece of science fiction. More so than the recent Pacific Rim and Tom Cruise’s Oblivion, Elysium gets the story of the washed up hero right. (As to why the planet must always be saved by a guy who’s seen better days is another question I’ll leave for readers to sort out amongst themselves).

It’s 2154. Stephen Hawking’s premonition about humanity and its home planet has come true: we’ve destroyed the Earth and ventured out into space. Well, some of us. A few select rich one percenters to be precise. They’ve set up an intergalactic haven called Elysium which is like a floating resort and is governed with an iron fist by Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster).

Among the 99 percent left to toil in misery on a dilapidated Earth is Max (Matt Damon). He, it turns out, is the only one who can save the millions left on Earth by getting them to Elysium. Delacourt, however, is not one to shy away from confrontation – and so she unleashes a hellacious horde of attackers to thwart Max.

It’s pretty standard science fiction plotting, but the movie manages to earn its special quality through the details of the future, many of them embodied in the figures of Max and Delacourt. If there’s one thing the movie tells us it’s that no matter how much time passes and how much our surroundings change, Humanity will forever be engaged in the fight of good vs. evil.

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Spanglylovesheels
Spanglylovesheels

My review: Sci-fi with a message

Not a subtle message at that. This movie could be used as a recruitment film for the socialist party. But I agree with its message so I enjoyed seeing the corporate pig and the xenophobic leadership of Elysium get their just deserts. Matt Damon is his usual dependable, sturdy, hero. Jody Foster is a female **** Cheney. William Fictner oozes corporate privilege and disdain for his workers. All the other actors were well cast. The effects were perfect. The only quibble was the writing and dialog. Not as good as the story itself. I was not as engaged with Max as I should have been. The end was a little too predictable. The message certainly gets through but the film could have been a great one but falls to just a good one.

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Gabbo
Gabbo

I'm sure I'll like this movie. District 9 was way underrated and not given enough credit. Bonus: The movie cost less than $30 million to make. How? I have no idea. That movie also brought Sharlto Copley, who's the bad guy in this flick too.

johnconnor777
johnconnor777

I really want to see this one, was quite disappointed with man if steel (had huge espextations and the movie was just Okay, and Oblivion was good but not great.... You have to love all these futuristic apocalyptic movies