yet another apocalyptic view of the future, this time mid-22nd-century,
2154 to be exact. As with the others of its ilk, it pictures the future
bleakly. Earth is overpopulated, controlled by computers and robots, a
dusty, dirty place teeming with people.
Circling the Earth above is a space station called Elysium where
privileged people live in luxury and palatial homes, all of which are
waterside. Matt Damon, unfortunately, lives on earth. Lucky for her,
Jodie Foster lives on Elysium and runs “homeland security”...ruthlessly.
Matt is a worker, lucky enough to have a job. Unfortunately, he suffers
a disaster that gives him a terminal condition. While Jodie is the head
of homeland security, she is not without her problems, too, an
administration she doesn’t like and the feeling is mutual.
basis of the story is that Matt has to get to Elysium to cure himself,
and the daughter of his love interest, Alice Braga in a fine
performance, who has leukemia. This is not an easy task.
and directed by Neil Blomkamp, who was also responsible for District
9 a few years ago, he keeps the action moving. This is a fast-paced,
violent film with quite a few F-bombs. Unfortunately, it’s marred by a
Terrence Malick-like, pace killing scene near the end in which Damon
reflects on his life. Like Malick’s scene in The Thin Red Line
(1998) in which he had World War II stop in mid-battle while one of his
main characters slowly dies on the battlefield, it is so slow and boring
it totally destroys the fine pace that the film has maintained
addition to the terrific pace, the music by Ryan Amon is especially
effective, and Sharlto Copley gives a terrific performance as a real bad
action films go, this is okay. I just wish that we’d get a sabbatical
from these huge, expensive action films that are comprised 50% of
special effects. But apparently that’s where the big studios think the
money is. I wonder how All About Eve (1950) or Who’s Afraid of
Virginia Woolf (1966) or A Man For All Seasons (1966), movies
that relied on character and talk and ideas and acting, would fare
today, if they could get the OK from studio bosses to even go into