Thursday, August 8, 2013

Opens Friday, August 9, 2013 

1 hr 49 min
R | Strong bloody violence and language throughout

If you've ever wanted to see a sci fi movie on immigration and universal health care then this is it.  Now that may sound very boring, but this movie is anything but that.  It won't blow you away, but it's definitely another solid outing from Director Neill Blomkamp who also directed District 9.

Part of what makes it a good movie is the amazing acting led by Matt Damon who plays Max DeCosta.  The movie starts off with his character Max as a boy growing up in an orphanage with a girl by the name of Frey.  They are part of the poor that lives on Earth where resources are scarce and there is sickness and pollution everywhere.  This is in contrast to Elysium which is a giant space station in Earth's orbit that houses the super rich who stays forever young and healthy due to technology that is not shared to citizens of Earth.  Fast forward, and Max is a plant worker building robots with a rap sheet and a reputation among the locals.  Frey is a nurse now which he hasn't seen in awhile.  After an accident at the plant that exposes Max to lethal doses of radiation, he has no choice but to try to get a "ticket" to Elysium to cure himself.  In the meantime, there are other subplots which ties into the story, which involves a coup of the President of Elysium by his Secretary of Defense, Delacourt played by Jodie Foster.  Jodie is just superbly wicked in her role.  Also notable among the great cast is Sharlto Copley as deranged black ops agent Kruger after Max and Wagner Moura as Spider, a human trafficker crime lord.

In regards to the action scenes, while the firefights and close combat fights are good.  The particular fight in which Matt Damon's character goes one on one against Agent Kruger uses too many close in camera shots that makes it a blur of who's hitting what.  Where the film really shines though that I feel is important for any sci fi film set in the future is the technology shown.  Most of it is in terms of weaponary with really cool futuristic guns and ballistics.  But the designs are the ships and movements of the robots are extremely impressive as well.

Overall, I would recommend this film to everyone.  Science fiction and Matt Damon fans alike won't be disappointed in my opinion.  It'll be interesting to see how well it does against three other good movies out the same weekend in Planes, Percy Jackson and We're the Millers.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Matt Damon as Max DeCosta
  • Jodie Foster as Secretary of Defense Delacourt
  • Sharlto Copley as Agent Kruger
  • Alice Braga as Frey
  • Diego Luna as Julio
  • Wagner Moura as Spider
  • William Fichtner as John Carlyle
  • Brandon Auret as Drake
  • Josh Blacker as Crowe
  • Emma Tremblay as Matilda
  • Jose Pablo Cantillo as Sandro
  • Maxwell Perry Cotton as Young Max
  • Faran Tahir as President Patel
  • Adrian Holmes as Manuel
  • Jared Keeso as Rico

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