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Elysium (2013)

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Elysium (2013)


Matt Damon
Jodie Foster

Directed by Neill Blomkamp

Elysium is a movie that was full of so much potential, but just failed to just live up to it. The whole idea may look new, but the whole build up is just cliché upon cliché. Then there is the little use of Jodie Foster, which just amount to a total waste of the character.
All that you will expect to see as you watch Elysium is what they removed from it. I expected to see an extraordinary, exceptional merge between Matt Damon’s character Max Da Costa and the robot like stuff they fused to his cerebral, but instead he looked like a grown man with polio.

The political and social view of writer and director Neill Blomkamp (Who co-wrote and directed District 9 (2009)) is well received on my part: the rich seems to get better health care benefits than the poor.
This science fiction action thriller about a future (2154) where there two classes of people live in a separate jurisdiction. We have the rich who live on an advanced space station called Elysium, built and controlled by a Corporation named Armadyne. And the poor live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth, controlled by a robot police force, which are under the control of Armadyne.

In Elysium there are no diseases, poverty, or war. Due to advancement in technology a Med-Pod exist in Elysium which can heal you of any disease or abnormality, it can even go as far as to regenerate a body part that was damaged.

Things will have remained as such, till when Max was involved in an industrial accident which exposed him to lethal levels of radiation that will eventually kill him in five days.

Max not wanting to die, seeks help from a smuggler named Spider, who agrees to help Max get into Elysium so as to get to a Med-Pod that will save his life, if Max in turn helps him steal information from the man who had Max fired after the accident, Max happily agrees.
Spider seeing that Max is struggling to even be on his feet, arranges for Max to receive bio-medical implants, including a rudimentary exoskeleton that increases his strength.

From here on, I will have to leave you to go watch the movie to see how it all pans out.

As far as acting goes, Matt Damon is a force that keeps on going, he was fun to watch in his anti-polio suit, but in the end, I found no reason why such a movie should have been made.


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