Monday, January 13, 2014
One Minute Movie Review: Elysium
I often avoid reviews before I watch a movie to prevent someone's opinion tainting my blog musings after viewing said flick. However, this film had such strong disdain, covering a myriad of media outlets, for its overt political and ideological viewpoints that it was difficult to avoid the myriad of conveyed observations. So I tried to go into this with an open mind despite my exposure to the ramblings of others. For most, this would seem a intensely focused "swipe" at conservative republican & independents with their misgivings about universal healthcare, alleged support of lessening individual rights in the name of national security, & stances against illegal immigration. That might work, if those individuals were in power, however, it is the opposing & currently controlling party that has made a mess of our healthcare system, done nothing about "immigration reform" in their almost 8 years of unbridled power, & seem to be at the forefront of NSA monitoring abuses that ignore personal rights & privacy. Leave that all aside, & this movie still reeks like week old garbage. The acting is unbelievable, Fosters accent is so strange & unidentifiable it is nearly laughable, Copley hasn't made a decent movie since District 9, & Damon seems listless & bored playing the reluctant hero. Add into that a poorly told story that is overtly preachy & predictable & almost feels, at times, like leftover footage from District 9. Of course that was a superior & powerful film about the sins of Apartheid directed by Neil Blomkamp who, ironically, also directed this steaming pile of cinematic crapola, so go figure. The effects sequences are visually stunning & the action is OK, but neither are capable of saving this Sci-Fi fail. 0 out of 5 Kernels; thanks to this flop I now have deep concerns if Blomkamp really tries his hand at District 10, Neil it might be best to leave well enough alone.