Elysium (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Review
August 13, 2013
Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 3.7 out of 5 stars
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- Manufacturer: Sony
- Language: English
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After Diego Luna’s Julio tries with entice Matt Damon’s Max with assist him/her take autos to no avail, Julio yells to Max, “You used to be a legend!” Words that sci-fi fans may be repeating towards director Neill Blomkamp after viewing his newest effort “Elysium.” Neill Blomkamp made his directorial debut with the excellent sci-fi film “District 9,” which was also the feature film debut of South African actor Sharlto Copley. With excellent special effects, a surprisingly powerful story, and an absolutely heartbreaking ending, “District 9″ brought faith back to the science fiction genre. “Elysium” is Blomkamp’s second film which presumably has been in the works for the past four years, so there is a lot to live up to. Initially being quite pleased with “Elysium,” in retrospect it really doesn’t come close to being as much of an absorbing experience as “District 9.”.
There really isn’t any arguing that “Elysium” visually looks very much like “District 9.” Viewing the film as a standalone film rather than a follow-up to a superb debut feature is extremely difficult, but is a practice that should be executed more often. The characters seem very black and white as the more unfortunate individuals are very hard-working and caring while the better off tend to look down on everyone and only care about themselves. But if you take a closer look, then things are a little more unusual. While there are still several different cultures left on Earth, Matt Damon seems to be the only Caucasian person who hasn’t made it to Elysium while it seems as though only Caucasian individuals reside on the space station.
Jodie Foster portrays Delacourt; the senator of Elysium who takes command whenever a war-like situation develops. While the Elysium population is stereotypical rich folk, Delacourt seems to be the most pompous individual ever. Jodie Foster has this ridiculous accent that isn’t even consistent or logical. There is literally no purpose behind it. Meanwhile John Carlyle (William Fichtner) is a resident from Elysium left to run the droid manufacturing warehouse Max works at who apparently knows how to develop some really destructive software. Delacourt hires him to basically help her turn Elysium upside down and leave her in charge. The issue is that Carlyle seems like a complete push over and if that software had been available this entire time, why didn’t he try to do it himself? Why didn’t anyone else think of it?
Switching gears a bit and coming back to “District 9,” at least the weapons in “District 9″ were creative and unique. The weapons in “Elysium” look intriguing and are usually quite flashy, but always have the same result which usually sees the human body erupting in a blood explosion of some kind. The exo-suits are fun as are the explosive rounds and a particular slow-motion sequence involving a droid, but it seems like you see the same weapon over and over again throughout the film. Although a certain facial reconstruction is handled extremely well.
This may be coming off like a negative review, but it’s actually constructive criticism more than anything. “Elysium” feels like 2013′s “Prometheus” and while “Elysium” is the better film, it’ll likely leave many disappointed since “Elysium” isn’t the film that “District 9″ was and still is. The droids are fantastic, the parole officer scene is amusing, and the contrast between Earth and Elysium is fascinating to ponder; Earth being portrayed as dirty and grungy while Elysium is very neat, clean, and prosperous. Kruger starts off as an interesting villainous character, but fizzles out near the end. He’s an agent that gets released and wants his job back, but he’s clearly just a drifter who’s psychotic and likes to rape women. Why he’s so hell bent on his career is kind of baffling. Did they have really good benefits? Did he not have a chance to get proper references? Certain concepts tickle the film fan in you like Matilda’s (Emma Tremblay’s) meerkat story, hijacking brain data, and Max and Frey’s childhood being a returning story point. Everything leading up to Max’s exo-suit surgery, the surgery itself at Spider’s (Wagner Moura), and the John Carlyle ambush are arguably the high points of the film.
“Elysium” has some really cool concepts that include shades of “Terminator 2,” “Aliens,” and the more obvious choice of “District 9,” but the disappointing aspect is that it just doesn’t live up to “District 9.” Despite “Elysium” trying to have a strong message, it doesn’t impact your emotions the same way “District 9″ did. The film leaves you torn about its performances, about its ending, and just about everything regarding the film in general. “Elysium” is extremely genuine at heart, but its story structure is so futuristically torqued that nothing seems to affect you the way that it should.