December 18th, 2013 [11:29:20]
cress: There are some great things in this film (psst...Jodie Foster is not one of them--she's terrible), but those great pieces don't add up to a great whole.
The fx is great, as Blomkamp really excels here. For the most part, his action sequences are good, but a bit underwhelming. The problem I had was the script. The flashbacks to a young Matt Damon and this notion that he will fulfill a special destiny one day is a bit heavy-handed. Blomkamp tries to make ELYSIUM an inspiring hero's quest, but it felt forced and out of place to me. Part of that problem, in my opinion, was how he edited those flashbacks into the narrative. It may have worked if edited more neatly into the film, but Blomkamp kind of beats you over the head with those flashbacks in various times of the film.
There was some contrived scenes of dialogue between Damon and that HOT chick at the end of the film. It just felt like I had seen that scene a dozen times before in various films.
I had problems with the logic of the film. So they reboot Elysium, and now the old government is out and everyone is a citizen. Why can't the government just say, "These terrorists attacked our system, and we will restore the system, because we are the GODDAMN government!" It's like they just threw their hands up and said, "Fuck it. You guys win. We're too lazy to stop you. You pull a plug, change some code, and the keys to the castle are yours. Congrats." That makes no sense. Also, they shoot three unregistered ships down that are approaching Elysium in the beginning of the film, yet they are able to land one later, no problem. How was that possible? The system wasn't collapsing yet. They should've still had the same protocols in place to shoot that ship down as well. Wtf?
It's a much bigger film for Blomkamp, and he is capable of handling it well. It's just that the script is "Meh" and some of the performances are shitty--Foster and Copley.