‘Elysium’ offers many parallels to ‘District 9’; Copley terrific
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 16:09
In the year 2154, Earth has become an overpopulated wasteland. Disease is at a high and food and work are scarce.
On a man-made space station above Earth known as Elysium, the elite and wealthy live without disease and carefree.
Ex-con Max (Matt Damon) falls under tragic circumstances when his body becomes compromised during a radiation leak at work.
Max must now find his way to Elysium and find a way to cure his body before time runs out. On his way to Elysium Delacourt, the chief of Elysium’s security (Jodie Foster) sends out her sleeper agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to hunt down Max to stop him and retrieve security intelligence that Max obtains.
Elysium is the second feature-length film written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, his first being the 2009 sci-fi hit “District 9.”
“Elysium” still has the same feel that “District 9” brought and even with “Elysium” still feels as if it is in the same universe.
The best part of the film is its visuals of Earth and Elysium. It does an excellent job of balancing out the futuristic technology with the destroyed earth.
“Elysium” brings a fresh idea to the science fiction genre.
Matt Damon does an excellent job with his character in the film, but it was Sharlto Copley’s character of Kruger that I thought was most impressive.
He does an impressive job from going to the timid, mild-mannered inspector in “District 9,” to a psychotic sleeper cell agent hell-bent on killing max.
As for Jodie Foster’s character, I found her to be the least impressive. When I think of an evil security Chief Jodie Foster is the least intimidating person that I can think of.
I did think that they could have left some things out about Max’s past and other minor aspects because they felt unimportant and in my opinion unimportant to the story.
I would have rather seen more insight to the story of Elysium and what it is like for the citizens living there.
All in all, “Elysium” was a very entertaining movie if you are into the sci-fi genre. It was not as good as “District 9,” but fun to watch. I give “Elysium” a 4 out of 5 stars.