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'Elysium' Review

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Elysium Review

Elysium is a 2013 science fiction action film produced, written, and directed by Neill Blomkamp. It stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, and Sharlto Copley.

In the year 2154, humanity is sharply divided between two classes of people: The rich live aboard a luxurious space station called Elysium, and the rest live a hardscrabble existence in Earth's ruins. His life hanging in the balance, a man named Max (Damon) agrees to undertake a dangerous mission that could bring equality to the population, but Secretary Delacourt (Foster) vows to preserve the pampered lifestyle of Elysium's citizens, no matter what the cost.

Elysium was very disappointing, to say the least. I was not a fan. I was expecting so much more from this film. I thought the world building, the setting, and the atmosphere were all done very nicely, but everything else just felt so flat to me. The characters, the development, and even the plot itself just felt so flat, and I really didn't like any of it.

Elysium had a beautifully crafted world, but once the film was over I realized that it was all for show. All this film really had was visuals, other than that there wasn't much.

These characters were all so shallow. They hardly got any development. I thought the main military villain was awful. Even with almost no development, I thought Jodie Foster's villain was compelling enough, but that military villain was terrible. Both the character and the writing really took away from the film.

This was a film that I was really disappointed by. Great visuals and a beautifully crafted world ultimately get wasted by a sub-par plot, at times lazy writing, and poor characters.

Elysium really disappointed me.


I thought the acting was solid. I really Matt Damon and this film was no exception. If you take into account that he somehow found a way to make a decent hero with very little material to work with and his performance looks even better.

I also like Braga and she did a fine job, but her character felt so wasted. In terms of emotion, she was definitely the one that I felt for the most, but up until halfway through I forgot she even existed. Her character felt more like a plot device than anything.

I liked Foster and I thought she had the best character. Again her character didn't get much development, but she was compelling enough to keep me interested. I really thought she played the part well.

Copley had a truly terrible character so I can't really fault him. I also liked Spider, but other than that the rest of the characters were completely disposable and throwaway.

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Again the acting was solid especially given that most of these characters weren't interesting and very two-dimensional.


The plot was relatively simple and straightforward, but I didn't think it was very effective.

I thought the first 10 minutes were great. They came in and built up this world in a very effective way and they also managed to develop two characters in the process, but after that, it really goes downhill. While watching you really don't notice, but once the film is over it just hits you.

It's a very linear and personal story, try I never ferny that connection towards Matt Damon's character. This plot has been done so many times before, but a whole lot better.

They introduced new things halfway through the film, and it was only for the sake of the plot. That was one of my biggest problems. There were just so many plot devices used throughout the film.

Another thing was that there were so many characters they wanted you to care about, but they never took the time necessary to build the characters. Because of that so many moments just fall flat.

A relatively simple plot was messed up by plot devices and ineffective characters. The film asks so much from you, but it does little in return. There were a few plot holes and a ton of plot devices that made a simple story crack under all that pressure.

Even with a strong foundation, the plot wasn't very effective and ultimately gets wasted.

Elysium really disappointed me. Beautiful visuals and great CGI get wasted by bad underdeveloped characters and a plot that never really gets off its feet.

This film really wanted you to feel for these characters, but they don't do anything to help you along the way. Other than the visuals there's nothing memorable about Elysium.

I was expecting a lot more from this film. Even if it wasn't great I'd liked to at least have some sci-fi popcorn fun, but this film didn't even do that.

Elysium was a huge disappointment.

© 2019 Royce Proctor Jr

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