Elysium is an American film starred by Matt Damon. It is an action thriller based on scientific fiction directed by Neil Blomkamp. He also coproduced and wrote the script. Jodie Foster too played a starring role in the film. Officially it was launched on 8/9/2013 in IMAX digital and conservative theatres. The setting is on a destroyed earth surface and a lavish space habitation known as Elysium. It main themes are sociological and political and include status issues, healthcare and migration.
The setting of Elysium is in 2154 and the producers and directors assert that it is an observation on the modern human circumstance. Elysium is a sequel from the director of the film district 9. If you didn’t know, two sets of people or status subsist, the very poor, who reside on a destroyed and densely populated part of the earth surface and the extremely rich who inhabit on a lavish space station referred to as Elysium.
Whereas the inhabitants of earth are marinated in the world of androids, the population of Elysium lives comfortably and safely in an environment full of servant robots and use med-bays as medical gadgets that prevent them from illnesses. After reading about the movie, I went down to the theaters to check out the movie and i must say, the outcome was confusing, but overall the film was enjoyable.
The major aspects I dislike about the film were the plot, though I can’t suggest that it was worse. There is nothing stunning about it. It seemed very direct, no interweaving of the plot and lack of inner meaning. My expectation before entering that theater was to find something unique but I was utterly disappointed. Another aspect that was not bad after all was the dialogue or the acting part. As you would expect on Matt Damon as the lead actor, he did it, but the dialogue from the other actors was just not up to the standard. They were quite boring and to add insult to the injury, some of the acting scenes were jerky.
Okay, let’s get down to more grave tribulations. The beginning hour just draws you to the surface. It literally gets you to the mood of wanting to know more and reminiscent what earth is today, a lot of poverty. It brings out the reality of the normal earth surface but, in numerous occasions, draws your mindset to the destroyed earth surface. The flashbacks in the film are another notable undoing. I don’t think they are needed in this film. They take you away from the characters and that’s what you want to be near to. The worst aspects of acting are revealed at these parts.
But the movie is not short of the good scenarios. The attracting thing about the film is the CGI; magnificent and fascinating are the words to describe it. It totally draws you to the film. The fight choreography scenes are not top notch but still entertaining.
To summarize, Elysium was not above board. I was anticipating a movie with a lot of suspense and very captivating. The result was a film with the modern technology but nothing to showcase. But the good thing is the second section of the film redeems itself and I didn’t feel like my money went to waste.