Thursday, February 06, 2014

Review: Elusium

Directed by Neill Blomkamp

Matt Damon Jodie Foster Alice Braga

150 years from now, the Earth's environment has become a nightmare of pollution  and global warming.  Te affluent have given up and have moved en-mass to a huge space station in orbit.  So huge in fact that its structure can clearly be seen from the surface. Only the super elite can go there so the majority of the world's population live in poisonous, abject poverty.

Our guide through the chaos that is now Earth society is Max Da Costa played by Matt Damon. Max is typical of the era - half starved and constantly under police scrutiny.  He does have something that most others don't - a job manufacturing robots. 

Things start to pick up when Max catches a lethal dose of radiation.  He knows that his only hope for survival is to get onto Elysium and avail himself of the med-tech there.

There are plenty of machinations to go through to get to the station and major resistance from Elysian Secretary of Defense Delacourt who's sado-political evilness is done with bone chilling effectiveness by Jodie Foster.   I shan't say more because if you have not seen the DVD/Blu-ray trying to describe them would ruin all but the special effects, green screen and cgi.

As exiting as this movie could of been, considering the cast and the sheer amount of CGI, I had trouble with Elysium.  Not that the plot is overly complected, the movie is just mishmash and plot holes leaving me split on this film. Overall any film that I find myself thinking "that doesn't make any sense" I have problem suggesting....Even though it had potential and still does have some impressive environmental scenes and action but overall that is the only thing shoring this film up.  Overall I don't rate the film any higher than 7.


Obee Juan said...

My wife and I rented it and we couldn't even finish watching it. I don't mind movies that require you to "suspend your belief", but when you have to throw all rational thought out the window for something so brain dead, then I have a problem with it.

About the best thing I can say about this movie was that it was better than After Earth (another movie I couldn't finish watching).

Beam Me Up said...

You know, After Earth was at least more understandable! Rhw tech of Elusium was somewhat plausible, but there seemed to be no real connection between people and the tech. Even the main characters seemed to be making it up as they went.
To me it was clear that the director was leaning way to heavily on earlier
successes such as district 9. I am still torn about the design of the station. I have see workups of this type but the inconsistencies keep crawling in...Look at how easy it is to see from the ground it is either huge or close, There is almost no indication of a spin but there is 1 doesnt seem to move in the it is either in geo-sync or damn close to it and it is HUGE, so why can we see a noticeable curve even when we are closer than the hub? There are only 4 spokes? To support the weight they then would have to be several kilometers in diameter as should the "surface" but the surface seems to be at best 5 klicks. Like the rest of the movie, things just do not add up.

btonym said...

Remember Ringworld? That actually made sense as a structure that could maintain 1G and hold an atmosphere. That, if it could be done right, would make one hell of a movie.
Elysium... Good comment about what our future could become, but way too much drama.

Beam Me Up said...

Ringworld Lary Niven Jerry Pournele may have had a hand in it as well. Wasn't Ringworld a steady state? Held in balance by orbital bodies just inside and outside the torus Loved the concept and you can see how massive something would have to be and then to add in something that Ringworld didn't have and that was 1 g of gravity. The station at Elusium just didn't seem to have the right dimensions when you got up close and personel with it. too narrow, sidewalls are not high enough and it doesn't have a proper rotation It looked pretty but not practile

kallamis said...

We made it through it ok, but something that got me, and usually does with these types is a simple thing they always do wrong. An Exo-suit is great, but if you are going to start ripping metal with your hands, it had also better be covering the fingers as well.

Beam Me Up said...

Yep K, and your right, it is backwards thinking, almost like the exo is so strong that metal just turns to foil, but the truth is the forces needed would literally tear the users hands off if they tried the same stunt. You wonder how many times it had to go wrong for the military prototype before they just put a hook extension off the suit to pick up cargo, what say a few broken wrists before they caught on huh? lol