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Max has always dreamed of living on Elysium, a space station populated only by the rich, while the rest have to stay on Earth's surface, which, by the late 21 hundreds, is polluted and dangerous. When Max gets a fatal radiation dose at his workplace, his desire to get to Elysium becomes an imperative, as that is the only place that has the technology to cure him.
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.
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.
As a general rule, you can't go wrong with a Matt Damon movie. His name demands a certain production level and polish at a minimum. While I can certainly say this movie was entertaining, well-paced and visually stunning, I have an issue with some regional elements. The character of the rogue operative on Earth is demonstrably South African by accent and slang usage, and his performance detracts from experiencing what is otherwise a full-on "Hollywood" shoot 'em up. It just grates like a rocky chalk writing across a smooth blackboard. I have nothing against SA actors and SA English except to say that the world has yet to become familiar with it. My preference would be the direct, precise and clearly enunciated English featured in most modern American and British productions. I wish there was an easier way of knowing this when shopping at Amazon.
My Personal fav of NB films ,BUT I love most Si-Fi, fantasy and esp anything Dystopian ,post apocalyptic , A cautionary tale of the haves and have not's, and how really nearly EVERYONE who does HAVE doesn't really have time or care about the have not's, A story about an ex-con forced back to do that (ONE LAST JOB) to get up to That ring in the sky "Elysium" to cure himself in a (MED BAY), its where all the Rich folks live , who never get sick , the ones who left earth as its a dust bowl, crime ridden Dump and the only ones there are the poor, BUT things in life often don't go as smoothly as we would like ,in My opinion his best Film, District nine was OK and Chappie would of been OK , if it didn't have Ninja & yolander , South Africa's comical answer to Eminem, Just about the most annoying Screen presence since jar jar binks ,Jeez WHO would of thought anyone could match that annoying character ,Well Neil you surpassed yourself , then again this FILM Elysium IS GOOD and well Directed and as Chappie came after maybe he had a bit of a break down :) Stick with what your good at I say :)