I went to see Elysium expecting a good science fiction movie in which technology has changed the world we know and Matt Damon is going to set it right. That is not what I saw.
Stop now if you plan to see the movie but if you aren’t, then read below the fold why I hated this
Ok, let’s begin with an understanding of what science fiction really is. It is the effect that technology brings to the lives of people, society, and/or culture. This movie has technology but that is not the movie’s theme. The movie’s theme is that rich people have abandoned Earth because technology has ruined it. And now rich people live on Ringworld while the rest of human kind lives some zombie life producing goods for rich people. It is the Haves and the oppressed Have Nots. It is the most one-dimensional movie I have seen since…Oh, I don’t know.
In this movie, almost everyone is Hispanic except for Matt Damon and the white people in Elysium. Of course, they threw in an Indian president in Elysium named Patel. How pathetic is that? Oh, I almost forgot that the really evil guy is a white-skinned redneck that looks like Charles Manson and talks like a Georgia cracker with a foreign accent.
Matt Damon gets surgery performed by some weed-smoking barrio Hispanics that look like drug running tattoo artists. His childhood friend is Hispanic. Everyone on the streets is Hispanic. Nobody on earth knows what bathing is and they all wear some shade of dirt-colored clothing. Sheesh, do you get the point that they are dirt poor? And Matt Damon lives in a decrepit building that appears to have been abandoned for decades near a garbage dump. (If everyone on earth is poor how can there be a garbage dump?)
Those weed smoking barrio Hispanics are ‘associates’ of another barrio coyote who has harnessed technology to run illegals across the (atmospheric) border up to Elysium. Coyotes, who for a fee, run illegals to the promise of a better life up there.
Robots serve the rich and only the rich. Must have embedded tattoo to be identified as a citizen and then one can have the good life in Elysium. Not a single black person in Elysium. Jodie Foster plays the evil martial law neocon who wants to overthrow the Indian President and establish protection for the rich people’s way of life. She blows up shuttles that are carrying illegals to Elysium to show how bad she is.
Got the idea, yet?
This is the single largest piece of socialistic propaganda I have seen since Avatar (in which evil miners salivate at the thought of ravaging an entire planet for its riches).
I presume this movie was made for global distribution in Hispanic countries where the meme can take hold that rich people are oppressing you and keeping you from what you need.
I like movies with a moral but this is more than a moral, it is a political and sociological meme that you are oppressed by the ‘system’.
There was only one good thing about this movie: Jodie Foster. I was happy to see her again on the screen. I regret that she came back in this movie but I hope she has more roles in the future.
The camera work for fight scenes sucked. The blurred action shots made it difficult to watch, too.
Don’t waste your money buying the DVD and don’t waste your time watching the movie.