Neill Blomkamp may have proven himself to be a good sci-fi filmmaker, but Elysium was no District 9. I’m not saying it’s a bad movie, but it’s one you’d only really enjoy on TV after a really long day. It had impressing visuals but it lacked motivation, it had a coherent cast but it lacked originality. It still fits the action sci-fi genre perfectly nonetheless.
Set in the 22nd century, where the poor live on a ruined Earth and the wealthy reside a man-made space station called Elysium, Max (Matt Damon) is an ex-con who gets exposed to high-level radiations and gets himself in deep trouble to reach Elysium and cure himself.
The storyline was a little weak, predictable, and sometimes even cheesy, but that’s the only bad news. The visuals were eye-candy; exactly what I’d want in a sci-fi movie. Even though the fuss was all about Matt Damon and Jodi Foster working together, and even though both did a good job, the best thing in Elysium was watching Sharlto Copley being a total badass. As for Neill Blomkamp, he may not have been a great screenwriter here, but he sure did a decent job directing the movie.
So Elysium wasn’t the best sci-fi movie of the year, nor was it one of the best summer blockbusters. It can be fun to watch, but it doesn’t go all the way for us to love it. It’s good, but it’s far from being another District 9.
Rating: 7.0/10; Weak storyline, awesome visuals, and Sharlto Copley in action.