This movie is set in the year 2154, when Earth has become overpopulated and disease ridden and the wealthy people have moved to a utopian space station called Elysium. When Max DeCosta (Matt Damon) suffers a radiation accident and only has five days to live, he makes it his personal mission to get to Elysium in order to heal himself. The problem is that the government on Elysium has strict rules about allowing illegal immigrants onto their planet. In his quest to reach Elysium, Max realizes that the only solution is to bring equality between the two worlds, and a war ensues between Earth and Elysium.
What I liked
I thought the whole concept of Elysium was very interesting. We live in a world right now in which overpopulation is becoming a big problem, and we don’t have a solution for it. The idea that the wealthy people would create their own world to live on doesn’t seem that far-fetched of an idea to me if the technology is there to do so. I liked the depiction of the future on Earth as well. Everything is regulated by robots and machines, which has long been a concern with our advancing technology. I found it interesting that even on Elysium the government was corrupt, and the politicians even betrayed each other in order to gain control. I also thought it was powerful at the end when Max sacrificed his life to bring equality between Earth and Elysium.
What I didn’t like
Some of the action scenes were a little more extensive than they needed to be, and some of the violence was unnecessary in my opinion. There were also some parts that were a little unrealistic: Two missiles track down two ships invading Elysium but the third one was able to avoid it, and Max is able to hide from advanced tracking technology just from hiding underneath a stall of pigs. One other thing that was a little confusing was that Max and Fray spoke Spanish as kids but then spoke perfect English as adults. Some of the people on Elysium would also speak a different language at times too, which I thought was a little strange.
This movie currently has a 7.0/10 on IMDB, a 68% from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 66% from the audience. I give this movie a final rating of 3.75/5.
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