Saturday, August 24 2013, 02:15 PM MDT
Movie Review: Elysium
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharito Copley
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Drama
Recommended To: Sci-fi fans that are willing to put up with an uneven film for a few moments of brilliance.
Synopsis: In 2154 the wealthy and powerful live on a space station while the lower classes fight to survive on the decimated planet below. From the earliest days of his youth Max (Matt Damon) dreamed of living in the sky. As he became older and his police record grew those dreams slipped through his fingers.
Review: Neill Blomkamp impressed with a mix of sci-fi action and Apartheid politics in his modestly funded directorial debut District 9. So it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that his second film follows a similar path. This time Blomkamp looks to tackle the plight of the have-nots on a global scale. Unfortunately the results are nearly as appealing. The film’s tone sways from serious to campy, due in part Sharito Copley’s over-the-top performance as a psychotic mercenary. Copley was part of what made District 9 brilliant; here he’s just a distraction as he chews his way through scene after scene. Worse yet is Jodie Foster’s bizarre accent. Still, there is good to be found in Elysium as Matt Damon offers up a solid performance and a few of the action sequences are breathtaking. A more constant tone and a stronger ending could have made Elysium a classic. As it stands it passes as a slightly above average popcorn flick.
-Ryan Michael Painter