Adam's Review of Elysium

  • 11 months ago via Flixster

    Elysium (2013)

    Visually identical to District 9, which are both done by director Neil Blomkamp with its use of sets, lighting and showing a polluted overpopulated world, which was really the strong point that I liked about the film. I was expecting a lot of action due to the trailers depicting that this was going to be an action themed movie. Instead its just a movie with concepts that have been done before layered over and over again with major political themes that are going on in our world today such as class separation, illegal immigration, healthcare and the coup going on in Egypt. It was really hard for me to focus on the film without having all these hot button issues slammed in my face. The film also suffers from a good cast. I don't know whose idea it was to cast Matt Damon and Jodie Foster in a movie together, but it just didn't work for me. Foster goes through so many accents in her dialogue I was waiting for her to use her Clarice Starling voice. That would've kept me somewhat intrigued by her character. If you go into this movie with high expectations like I did, you'll find yourself very disappointed.

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