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Film Review: Elysium (2013)
Elysium (2013). Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp. The story is set in 2154. Earth is polluted and overcrowded. The wealthy have moved to a huge orbiting space station called Elysium where they live in opulent luxury. Medical advances ensure they essentially live as immortals. To begin with the story jumps 20 or so years back to two orphans, Max and Frey. They both promise to stay together forever. A nun at the orphanage tells Max that he's bound for a special future. Switching back to present day, Max (Matt Damon) is out on parole after a life of crime and is now working at a robot construction factory. He is forced by his boss to take a risk during the robot manufacture and the result is he receives a lethal dose of radiation that will kill him in the next few days. Max's only hope is to get to Elysium and seek out medical help. Elysium is a mixed bag. Some bits of the story are good, and for good or bad the overall story is reminiscent of Blomkamp's earlier (and excellent) District 9. The special effects are very good. The soundtrack is OK. And that's about it really for the good bits, for me at least. The story falls apart in various places and had me *facepalm*-ing at how stupid it was - it almost seems to be there in a half baked form just to connect together action set pieces. I'm not a fan of Matt Damon, and he did nothing to help in this. Jodie Foster plays one of the two baddies (and with a British accent! Seriously?!) in a forgettable performance. Overall it was a disappointing mish mash of partly successful ideas. SF action fans might get something from it. A charitable 3/5 (Average)