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Elysium Review

Howdy people and welcome to another film review and today, after like 2 WEEKS after the film’s release I’m  FINALLY going to be reviewing Elysium. Now this was a film I’d been waiting to see for AGES, besides Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, The World’s End and The Wolverine, this was one of my key films to watch this summer. So after being let down by nearly all the films I saw this summer, I thought Elysium would be the one to rectify this and as it stands, its good, but not nearly as good as I’d hoped.

The story in this film goes a little something like this:

“In the year 2154 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds. “

I thought the plot in the film was good for the most part, but I can’t help but feel like it was a bit dull and lacking in originality. While watching the film I was trying to figure out where the film would go in terms of its direction and some of it I could tell from a mile away and some of it was harder to make out. I like the themes of the film involving social class, immigration and heath care, but some of it I feel could have been delved into a little deeper. What I did appreciate was the film’s raw and intense nature, the film doesn’t hide the fact that people on Earth are suffering and dying, everyone gets treated like shit and the laws in place for humans are just terrible with the robot enforcers being very difficult and uncaring about anyone. The social divide between the wealthy and the poor was nicely executed though I wish we got to see more of the snobby rich people, they felt more like window dressing than anything else. Max’s role in this whole thing was good though I wasn’t keen on how generically forced he was put into his situation.

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When it comes to the characters they are all pretty much there and I didn’t care for the majority of them besides a special few. Let’s start with Matt Damon as Max Da Costa, he is basically the most important person in this film. He’s central character, I like his back story and personality traits, in this world of poverty, destruction and death he’s pretty level-headed and understands the reality of his situation. It’s only after a series of unfortunate circumstances force him into a situation where he has to become a hero and get to Elysium to change the fate of the world. Damon as always is wonderful to watch onscreen and he has a lovely screen presence and while this isn’t one of my favourite roles he’s done, it is certainly one that should be admired.

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Jodie Foster as Jessica Delacourt was good as this very stern, badass Secretary of Defense chick whose job it was to keep all people from Earth off of Elysium and her radical methods make her a force to be dealt with. My only problem with Foster in this role is that her character doesn’t really have any kind of human personality to her, she comes across as very cold and militant, so I didn’t really care for her character. Also what was up with Foster’s accent, I couldn’t tell if she was American or some kind of British or French person, I think it was just due to the way that she pronounced certain words that threw me off.

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But let’s talk about the standout performance that comes from Sharlto Copley as Agent C.M. Kruger, Jesus Christ this guy was a beast! I remember seeing Copley in District 9 and seeing how nice, friendly and innocent he was in that film, but he does a serious 180 in this film as he is this filthy mercenary who has series anger management issues and is a bit of a psycho. This man is just the baddest of the bad, heartless, ruthless and has a horrible history with people, in short he’s not someone you should fuck with. Copley plays his role to great effect and had me scared as to what he was gonna do next.

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And then there’s the rest of the cast. Alice Braga as Frey Santiago is a decent character, she’s Max’s childhood friend and she serves her purpose in the film though I wasn’t too keen on how much she became part of the main plot. Diego Luna as Julio was another one of my favourite people, this guy is a tech expert and has some great moments with Damon. Wagner Moura as Spider is pretty decent and lastly William Fichtner was cool as John Carlyle, I’ve always had respect for Fichtner since his role in The Dark Knight and in this film while’s not doing anything as hardcore in this film, I thought he character was cool, devious and funny.

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As much as it pains me to say this, the one thing about this film that stood out the most was the visuals. The presentation in this film is virtually flawless with some of the sharpest, cleanest and most detailed stuff I have ever seen. Granted a good few films have done that this year (Oblivion and Pacific Rim come to mind), but Elysium puts its CGI to good use as we get very detailed robots,  cool exoskeletons, kick ass guns that have varying results depending on which ones are used, an incredible-looking version of space and  the space station called Elysium itself looks gorgeous, it has a very simple yet practical design and I love everything about the way it looks.

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In conclusion I enjoyed Elysium, it was pretty awesome and it featured some INCREDIBLE visuals, a wonderful central performance from Matt Damon and had a story just about good enough to keep you interested throughout. However I can’t help but feel like this film could have been more, Neill Blomkamp crafted something insanely specially with District 9 and its hard not to look at this film and feel slightly disappointed that it wasn’t of the same or even higher caliber. But in the end I’m glad I watched it and I’d still recommend it to anyone looking for a slightly more involved science fiction film.

Rating: 7.5/10 (Twas a great film but not nearly as amazing as I was expecting)

So what did you lot think of Elysium? Did you like it or were you disappointed? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below in the comments section and I’ll see ya on the next review yo!

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films to look out for in 2013 Part 3

Hi people of the interweb, its been a while since the last time I did this. But anyway welcome to the third and part of Films to look out for in 2013! If you haven’t read the previous parts check them out here and here. Today’s set of films will be taking place from summer right up into Christmas, so let’s get started!

Despicable Me 2

Release Date: July 9 (US), October 15 (UK)

If the first teaser trailer didn’t get you in the mood for Despicable Me 2 then this one has to, it’s great. As bad as this may sound to some people, I only got around to watching Despicable Me a few weeks ago. I initially was never interested in the film because I guess it just rubbed me the wrong way when I saw the trailers for it. But surprisingly I actually liked the film. The story was nice, those Minions were hilarious and the soundtrack by Pharrell Williams was great. So now with that knowledge in mind I am curious to see what happens in this sequel, what’s going on with Gru and the girls? What kind of other villains will be lurking around? Will Vector return from the moon? Will Mr. Perkins try to get back at Gru? So many questions need answering. I guess we’ll see later on in the year!

Pacific Rim

Release Date: July 12 (US & UK)

Before seeing the trailer for this film I wasn’t too bothered about the film, the only thing that held my interest was the fact that Guillermo del Toro wa directing it. Luckily the trailer that came out last month and confirmed that this film would be one to look out for. Here we have a world where people pilot giant robots and battle giant monsters who come from the ocean. The concept alone sounds awesome and the trailer makes it look even cooler. YouTube reviewer Jeremy Jahns described the film as a cross between Power Rangers, Real Steel and Godzilla and to be honest that’s a pretty accurate description. Now obviously monster movies can either be good or bad but since del Toro is behind this one it has to be at least worth a look right?

The Wolverine

Release Date: July 26 (US & UK)

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Ah yeah time for some more Wolverine! Now while the last Wolverine film disappointed me beyond belief I find myself once again getting hyped up for another one. This time the filmmakers are adapting a classic storyline from from the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, here the title character travels to Japan, encounters people from his past and gets to duke it out with the Silver Samurai! All of this sounds automatically way better than the previous film. The film seems much more character-driven and story-based along with more action too. Naturally I have reservations and I’m trying to keep my excitement levels in check, but Hugh Jackman and James Mangold are continuously making this film sound epic, so here’s hoping Marvel and 20th Century Fox don’t let us fans down again.

300: Rise of an Empire

Release Date: August 2 (US & UK)

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Now while I used to think 300 was badass when I was 17, over the years I grew up and the film really didn’t hold up very well for me. So now we have 300: Rise of an Empire, a prequel film with loads of action and new stories to tell. I don’t really know much about this new film and honestly I don’t think it’s entirely necessary, 300 was good on its own. But hell we’ll see what happens with this prequel when August comes around.

Elysium

Release Date: August 9 (US), September 20 (UK)

Elysium is another one of those films that I’ve heard about but don’t really know what it’s about. the only info I have on this film is that it’s the next big film from District 9 director Neil Blomkamp and it stars Matt Damon. Those two reasons alone make me want to watch this film, I loved District 9 and I love Matt Damon so it’s a win-win situation for me. The plot basically states: “Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.” Sounds pretty interesting, can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Riddick

Release Date: September 6

Oh yeah finally the return of Riddick! Vin Diesel finally returns to one of his most famous roles in Riddick, the third film in this film series. The plot sounds pretty cool too: “Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.” It seems like the filmmakers are going back to basics by making this film more in line with Pitch Black and giving it an R rating too. He’s hoping there’s still some interesting tales to be told in the life and times of Riddick.

The Tomb

Release Date: September 27 (US & UK)

I remember when the first image for The Tomb was first really, and there was all this buzz about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone being in the same film together (outside of The Expendables). I knew from that one image that this film would be something for me to check out. The film will follow Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), a structural engineer who is wrongly convicted of a crime, and is incarcerated in a prison of his own design, aided in his escape by his cellmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Any film with Sly and Arnie in it is worth my time, I just hope it has enough action to meet my requirements.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Release Date: October 4 (US)

Alrighty then here we have Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the sequel to the massively successful 2005 comic book film Sin City. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return to co-direct the long-awaited sequel. This is the film with the ever-expanding cast, I swear the number of people in this film just keep increasing! The cast includes Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Alexa Vega, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert. And then add Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple and Julia Garner… Jesus Christ! Too many damn people! With all these people it makes me wonder if this film with finish production on time, I guess we’ll see later on this year.

The World’s End

Release Date: August 14 (UK), October 25 (US)

Alright a new film from Edgar Wright, any film by him is a mandatory watch. I’ve been looking forward to The World’s End for a while. This is the final film in the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” along with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Oliver
Eddie Marsan as a group of friends who reunite after twenty years to reattempt an “epic” pub crawl from their youth.

Ender’s Game

Release Date: October 25 (UK), November 1 (US)

I’ve heard a lot about Ender’s Game and the main reason I’m watching it is because of Harrison Ford. As far as I’m aware he hasn’t been in agood serious film for a while now so here’s hoping that he gets a chance to shine in tis film. Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel of the same name the film will star Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion, along Ford, the film also includes Ben Kingsley, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Thor: The Dark World

Release Date: October 30 (UK), November 8 (US)

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Like with Iron Man 3, I don’t think I have to tell you how hyped I am for Thor: The Dark World. I am beyond hyped! I loved Thor back in 2011 and I have been impatiently waiting for the sequel for a while now. It seems like in the sequel Thor and company will have a much bigger battle on their hands that involved all of the Nine Realms as he takes on Malekith and the Dark Elves and also tries to continue his relationship with Jane Foster. I can’t wait to see what Alan Taylor brings to the film as the new director, I seriously want to be blown away by this film. With all of the actors, practical sets and much larger scale story I think Thor: the Dark World is set to be a really great sequel.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release Date: November 22 (UK & US)

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I enjoyed the The Hunger Games for what it was, Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful as the lead character and I liked the story and action involved. Loads of people complain about the way in which the book was adapted to film and there was controversy about the violence and race of specific characters. But it was all just blown out of proportion. All I know is that the film was good and I’m interested to see what happens in Catching Fire. In the sequel Katniss and Peeta’s victory is cut short as the Quarter Quell puts them back into the Hunger Games for the second time.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Release Date: December 13 (US & UK)

Yes, this what I’m talking about, The Hobbit Part 2! I really enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it looks like in December this year we get to continue the fun in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In this film Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues his journey with Gandalf the Wizard (Ian McKellen) and the thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor and take on Smaug the dragon.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Release Date: December 20

While not much is known about Anchorman 2, all I know is that the first film was awesome and they better not fuck things up with this sequel. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a great comedy film, one of the best I’d seen in years, there was no need for a sequel. But hell it’s happening anyway. The cast have all returned and the one minute trailer seemed alright so here’s hoping this new film is worth the wait.

Last Vegas

Release Date: December 20 (US & UK)

This last film I’d never heard of until I saw it on a film guide on another website and since I liked the cast members involved I thought it’d be worth a watch. Last Vegas features Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.

Well that’s it, that’s all of my picks of the films you should be looking out for in 2013. My god just trying to put this list together over the last two blog posts has just been so long you don’t even know! But anyway hopefully you enjoyed my picks and tell me yours in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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