Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Diego Luna, Alison Braga, Sharlto Copley
Directed By: Neill Blomkamp
Synopsis: In the year 2154, 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.
If you read my last review (heh, I’m sure some of you might have!) about Prisoners, the same kind of applies to Elysium. A good concept, but let down in the end by it’s Hollywood ‘by the numbers’ play out. I was expecting bigger and more innovative things from the Director of District 9, Neill Blomkamp. And whilst it promised much at the beginning it soon devolved into a ‘who has the bigger weapon’ (not THAT kind of weapon) type action film. It could have been smart, a contender, but just ended up an also ran. It could have had a political message about class and how people abuse power, but it opted to just blow things up instead.
The cast were solid enough, I like Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley enough (although Copley was a bit over the top in this role). Jodie Foster was pretty average, just like the story.