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People expecting another "District 9" or who expect a little more substance from their science fiction films will most likely be disappointed by "Elysium," but those who like their videogame-style sci-fi shoot-em-ups will have no problem here.
The acting is sub-par. Damon fails to generate the hero vibe. Jodie Foster is wasted as the iron-faced space queen. And, her chief agent, is a South African actor who is very hard to understand. His words, I mean.
THX-1138 filtered through Halo for the Xbox, Brave New World with more effects and less affect for a timid time of bloated blockbusters, Elysium squanders potential greatness, instead attaining costly mediocrity.
Yet another shallow, dumb blockbuster that could easily be turned into a video game. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are both underserved by the weak script that favors mind-numbing CGI and action over character development and intelligence.