Friday, September 13, 2013

Elysium (cont)

Ah. That's better. My internet woes are over. And I can talk on my phone again without hearing crackle crackle. Now, where were we...



I remember how much I was looking forward to this movie when I first saw the previews at the movies last winter - way more than Oblivion. I’ve always liked Matt Damon and I can’t think of a movie of his I haven’t enjoyed. But Elysium…I think it failed in its intent, which I assume was to deliver a cool scifi movie that maybe made you think a little – but not too much. The trouble with the movie was that I never cared enough about the characters. Although there was a bit in the beginning about Max's (Damon) past and his best friend, Frey (played by Alice Braga), it wasn’t enough or the right kind of backstory to make me care or believe in his sudden commitment to her. And Jody Foster's character...well...let's just say she's capable of so much more and to see her in such a one dimensional role was disappointing. And her accent was kinda funky. 

Then there was the all too familiar story of the have and the have nots, and this place - Elysium - that if you could just get to would solve all your troubles. Which is fine, except that a familiar plot combined with flat characters does not make a very good movie. But that's just my opinion. 

Did you see Elysium? Agree? Disagree? 

19 comments:

  1. I agree. It was good, but I never cared enough about the characters for it to be great. And the storyline is very worn. Battle Angel Alita (Japanese anime) did it over twenty years ago and much better.

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    1. Yeah, the combination of a worn storyline with flat characters just didn't do anything for me.

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  2. Haven't see it. I'll probably wait for it to come out on 'free' tv.
    Critics called it a bit political. Would you call it that also?

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    1. Eh, I suppose a little, but if it was intended to be political I didn't get it the way I did with say...Michael Clayton.

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  3. I really wanted to go see it. I love Matt Damon too. But then I didn't ever make it to the theater and I heard a few less than stellar reviews, so...I'll catch it on Netflix when it comes out on DVD. But even a movie like that is good for dissecting why it works or doesn't when it comes to storytelling. So good call on the flat characters lack of backstory.

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    1. It is a good movie to dissect. I thought Elysium would be the better scifi movie than Oblivion but Oblivion pulled it all together better and let you watch the backstory unfold throughout the movie. I wasn't sure about Cruise's character at first - was he good? bad? - but the movie showed me through action and flashbacks, helped me understand the character and what had happened to the earth. I really liked it. It succeeded where Elysium did not. But again, other people loved Elysium so it's all a matter of opinion, right?

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  4. I was wondering if I should see this, but I don't think so after you shared your thoughts. Thanks, Marcy.

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  5. I'm really a bit disappointed in the films Hollywood's been putting out in the last 10 years. It's like they ran out of ideas. It seems like much of the film industry now runs on sequels or films of bestsellers or re-making old movies. Plus, they're depending more on CGI than great character development -- that isn't going to work. *sigh*

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    1. They're going for the sure thing rather than taking a risk. Which I understand - to a certain extent. But it would be nice to see something different as opposed to so many reduxes.

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  6. haven't seen it, Marcy, since unlike you I cannot stand Damon :P Glad you enjoyed some time in cinema!

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    1. I love movies, Dez, that's why I love you and your site so much!

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  7. That's too bad because I like Matt Damon too.

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  8. I haven't seen it. (Actually, I haven't been to the movies in a very long time.) It didn't seem all that interesting to me. I think I disagree with the central conceit.

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    1. I love all things scifi so I had hopes but...alas.

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  9. Haven't seen it yet. Sorry you were disappointed.

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  10. Haven't seen it, but now I'll be warned. ;)

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  11. I haven't seen it but when I don't care about the characters, it does make a difference for me.

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