Elysium

By Curtis J PhillipsElysium

All movies need not have a message or make usage of social commentary.

Sometimes though, the allegations are lost in transition.

Such is the case for the sci-fi adventure Elysium from the mind of director Neill Blornkamp who brought us District 9 (2009).

Many viewers will say that there is a distinct lecture of morality during the 109 minutes with pinpointing towards class distinction and universal health care.

But Blornkamp lost me with his stereotypical depictions in regards to the secure structures of wealth and the lost hope of poverty.

Set in the year 2154, moneyed man has left the gravity of Earth to relocate on a space station utopia named Elysium.

The inhabitants are depicted for the most part as white Anglo Saxon with well-manicured haircuts and pullover sweaters, living in grandiose style, white columned mansions.

They also have Med-Pods – which look like tanning beds – that scan the body to instantly cure any ailment or wound.

The citizens of Earth are shown living in squalor and filth. One giant shantytown.

Everyone has tattoos and the minorities are the majorities.

They are portrayed as losers who are unable to think for themselves for the most part or rise above the situation.

The protagonist is Matt Damon an ex-con named Max De Costa trying to make a living working at assembling the droids that enforce the law.

With childhood friend Frey (played by Alice Braga), Max made a promise to one day go to Elysium.

Fast forward many years and they are now adults and circumstances brings them both back together with a quest to go to Elysium.

It is a do or die scenario.

Trying to keep them from reaching Elysium is the defense minister Jessica Delacourt, played by Jodie Foster, and an undercover agent on Earth named Kruger played by Sharlto Copley of District 9 fame.

Both characters are cliché and there is nothing provided for them to bring you into the film.

Sure Kruger is provided with a neat exoskeleton, as is Max, but the fight scenes are weak and lacking in continuity.

And why is it that Braga has now become the  go to sci-fi girl with appearances in I am Legend (2007) and Predators (2010) to her credit.

Plus there was no chemistry between Max and Frey.

In fact there was no chemistry between any of the characters.

Visually the movie is a grade above as is the CGI for the most part.

The ending? Left a lot of unanswered questions.

On a scale of one to five on the Pass me the Grey Poupon mustard scale, we give this a two-and-a-half.

See you in the silver screen.