zaterdag 8 oktober 2016

Elysium

From the director of the excellent District 9 film, came this grim future sci-fi flick.

Starring Matt Damon, it tells the tale of an overpopulated, poor Earth, and the rich and wealthy living in an orbital station called Elysium

Plot

Max is a low level criminal on parole, working in a droid factory to get his life stable again.  However, an accident at work poisons him and he is diagnosed with barely 5 days to live, unless he could get in a medbay over at Elysium. 

Spider, a local crimeboss, cuts him a deal that puts him in an exosuit, as they try to rob data from an Elysium director.  Unfortunatly, this contains a code that makes Max a wanted man.
They come up with a plan to go into the spacestation, and this is furthered when the daughter of his childhood love is diagnosed with leukemia.  Max devises a list to be captured and taken to Elysium by the bounty hunter Kruger, eventually overcoming the enemy and saving the citizens of Earth at the expense of his own life.

Opinion

I don`t really know how to say it, but this film left a bit of a hollow feel on me.  Like there was much more that could be gotten out of it then a poor man's Mad Max / District 9 hybrid storyline.  While Matt Damon did another sterling job, and the visual effects are top-noth, I feel "unsatisfied" with the whole affair.

Perhaps it's a bit to straightforward and linear for a movie with such big promise, and it isn`t a terrible picture at all, it just didn`t deliver as much as I expected.

Rating: 6 / 10

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