Max is pretty much an average guy with a day job and checkered past. He, and everyone else on Earth, lives in terrible conditions whilst the elite and rich live in a paradise in orbit above Earth named Elysium. Things go from bad to worse when Max is in an accident at work and now has only a few days to live. The only chance he has to survive is to get to Elysium where he can be healed. To do so, he must revert to his criminal past but along the way things get more complicated than he ever imaged.
Usually I look forward to seeing a Matt Damon movie and maybe my expectations were too high because of his past work. The story for Elysium was un-inventive to say the least. It came across as a formulaic story with little originality. Certain elements never seemed to fit together, like why Max had to be outfitted with an exoskeleton but nobody else in his crew did. One would think that if you’re sending people to do a dangerous job, it would be best to have four people rather than one that are yielding an advantage. It also wasn’t clear why Max would be “the man” for the job and instantly knows how to handle the task at hand. A little bit more of a back story could have made this clearer. The generic attempt to add a love interest fell completely flat and seemed completely unnecessary.
I borrowed this movie, so at least I didn’t lose any money watching it – just my time. Even being a fan of sci-fi action movies, I found little if anything worth watching in this film. While I’m ok with having watched it once there is no reason to watch it again.
Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found over at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!