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|Contributor||Alice Braga, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Neill Blomkamp|
|Runtime||1 hour and 45 minutes|
Neill Blomkamp writes and directs this sci-fi drama starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. It is the year 2154 and the wealthy have fled the overpopulated and largely resource-drained Earth in favour of Elysium, a luxurious space habitat located in the planet's orbit. With no poverty, no sickness and no war, the contrast between Elysium and the ravaged planet it revolves around couldn't be starker - and is tough for those left on Earth to bear. When Max De Costa (Damon) learns that he has no hope of beating the cancer that has afflicted him without breaking into Elysium, he understands the scale of the task he has undertaken. With Secretary Delacourt (Foster) charged with enforcing Elysium's strict anti-immigration policies and a team of hardened troops at her disposal, led by the ferocious Agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley), Max faces the battle of his life if he intends to bridge the cosmic gap between rich and poor.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 70 Grams
- Director : Neill Blomkamp
- Media Format : Blu-ray, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Release date : 12 December 2013
- Actors : Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
- Studio : Sony
- ASIN : B01A9R0R2O
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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I had not seen this film since it was first released, and recalled being a bit disappointed by it at the time, mainly because I expected to see a lot more of Elysium than is actually shown. Much of the action takes place on Earth where everything is dirty and run down, and rather depressing. However, this time I knew what to expect and was able to appreciate the film for the big budget/big production value film it is. It has a good storyline, is well paced and runs for a reasonable one hour and forty nine minutes. The main cast is good although I couldn't reconcile the accent Jodie Foster was using - it did not seem natural and I had no idea where it was supposed to originate from.
The film looks great on Blu-ray being mastered in 4K and is probably the best the film can look on this format, although I'm sure it would be even better on a true 4K disk.
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By 2154, Earth is pretty much ruined. The wealthy and powerful have fled to a massive, gleaming space habitat called Elysium where they live as citizens in complete luxury while everyone else left behind lives in the remains, whilst some try to escape from Earth to enter the restricted Elysium any way they can. Can one man, through chance, upend the system and bring change?
There’s little subtlety in the concept, and Director Neil Blomkamp (as in all his films) favours the heavy handed, blunt hammer approach to the ideas and themes brought about by the concept. It’s also married to a script and tone that veers around a lot, as if the cast think they’re each in a slightly different version of the same film. As the hero, Matt Damon is.......Matt Damon, while Jodie Foster takes a daytime soap opera approach to her performance as Elysium’s defender, and I still have no idea what film Sharlto Copley thinks he’s in.
But it’s not a total loss, thanks to some truly impressive visuals and production design for both the future Earth and the Elysium station itself. And for all the faults of the script and performances, in a way, it’s complete lack of nuance makes it genuinely enjoyable eye candy as it ungracefully lumbers along to the finale.
Extras are fine, with an OK set of featurettes covering aspects of the film’s production design and visualisations of the future.