Saturday, August 10, 2013

Elysium: Not Quite A Slice Of Heaven

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the wealthy, who live on an advanced space station called Elysium, built by the Armadyne Corporation; and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, slum Earth.

The earth is policed by robots, also made by the Armadyne Corporation; while Elysium is mostly equipped with Armadyne's similar looking, but friendlier, servant bots.

Actor Matt Damon plays Max De La Costa, a worker in an Armadyne Corporation factory on earth. His destiny is to get to Elysium.

I was really looking forward to this movie as I had read that producer, director and writer Neill Blomkamp had loosely based the script on the original Logan's Run trilogy.

As with most films Jodie Foster is in, the plot is politically charged. This film deals heavily with the themes of socialism. It's one flaw is that it doesn't convincingly portray socialism as all that bad.

I enjoyed the film. It was a bit gory in places with unnecessary language. The movie could have EASILY been edited for language as there is no nudity to make it rated PG-13.

I'd wait for it on video if you have a big screen TV.

(website for the film with bonus content)

★★★½ out of ★★★★★
(3½ out of 5 stars)

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