Going to see “Elysium” today…
This movie sounds like an SJW’s wetdream…
Mmm, no. It was… good but not great and also not bad. The characters weren’t developed, except that white guy. (Was his name Max? You know, the main character—played by… the, uh, guy. MATT DAMON YEAH.)
Characters that could have used better development:
- Max, the main protagonist does all of this shit because he made a promise he made to someone he hasn’t seen in decades (oh yeah, also, he’s dying). It isn’t believable at all, which is why—I think—he had radiation poisoning (from a writing standpoint). He’s not too bright, and his financial situation isn’t really expounded upon besides the fact that he’s willing to do anything to keep his job and that he’s an asshole. When the droids beat him before he goes to work, I ended up rooting for the droids; like, this guy is a fucking asshole to all authorities for no given reason.
- Hispanic Woman, the love interest with a name I forgot. Played by… someone I can’t find the name for why is this so fucking difficult. (ALICE BRAGA PLAYS THE CHARACTER, WHOSE NAME IS FRAY.) She finds Max dying on the street and takes him home with her—while he was dying mind you—as she also takes her child home… in the same car (great parenting tip). It’s exceptionally nice, but she hasn’t seen him in decades; we’re not given a reason for why she bothered with him and traumatized her daughter, other than she’s super nice. There’s a bit more to her character, like the fact that she wants to save her daughter from a lethal disease… She’s almost raped at some point and then it’s like she doesn’t exist?
- Hispanic Woman’s Daughter, 100 percent device. She gets a few lines about wanting to go home, wanting to get better, and a very creepy children’s story told to Max after her mother magically heals all his wounds (why didn’t those piercing wounds not get infected?).
- The Spider, whose real name was said a few times I guess. He’s the IT guy. He seems to have a greater reason for helping people to get to Elysium (illegally), but it is not mentioned so much as once. He’s apparently just in it for the money even though he personally goes himself near the End of the movie. I suppose he’s mostly just device, too. I suspect his reasons have to do with his limp?
- Max’s Friend Guy. I guess he’s a criminal? He’s pretty naive, but not much is said about his relation with Max—unless it’s just thieves who haven’t parted yet. He isn’t in Max’s flashbacks (which are all the same thing each time).
- Jodie Foster’s Character, the Secretary of Defense (I think). She plans a coup, which is the push for much of the plot. Her character is really passionate about protecting the people of Elysium, and I was extremely disappointed that she stayed a relatively flat character even while she lay dying.
- Evil White Guy Soldier Dude, played by the man from District 9 (SHARLTO COPLEY). I thought this guy was pretty interesting; we know he’s crazy and the government doesn’t like him. We also know that he’s incredibly stable while hunting Max. However, he snaps out of nowhere after his face is blown off and healed back together (which makes sense in the logic of the film). I really didn’t like how he was portrayed as very stable until that point and then he’s just completely kill-all.
No other characters stuck out to me. I’m pretty sure I just listed the entire lineup of characters significant to the plot. Well, I forgot the businessman. He’s an asshole to his Board of Directors and also the one to design the thing that allowed for a coup to even be possible. He died. That’s all that was up with that bitch.
The graphics and CGI within this film is amazing. The droids are well constructed, as are the vehicles. Elysium—seen from above—also looks spectacular. However, IF YOU HAVE EPILEPSY, DON’T WATCH THIS FILM. Flat out, do not watch it. Near the Ending, lights flash and the camera movements are erratic. My eyes were tired out within a few minutes (and there are minutes upon minutes) of the flashing yellow and white lights.
The acting is really good. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster—really everyone—portray their characters in interesting ways. The problem I have with this film is not the acting, but the writing.
I, at least for the theatrical release, would not recommend watching this film. However, the film is not so terrible that I would suggest not watching the film ever. I suggest waiting for the DVD release and watch the blooper reel or other special features alongside the film.