ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Heaven Can Wait – A review of Elysium

Updated on August 21, 2013
Matt Damon stars as Max, a man in the future who is committed to saving the downtrodden on Earth by giving them access to Elysium, a space station with medical advancements that can cure all ailments
Matt Damon stars as Max, a man in the future who is committed to saving the downtrodden on Earth by giving them access to Elysium, a space station with medical advancements that can cure all ailments

Title: Elysium

Production Company: Sony Pictures

Run Time: 109 minutes

Rated: R

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley

4 stars for Elysium

Summary: Setting aside the allegory of a futuristic tale of the haves and have-nots, this is a compelling science fiction tale set 150 years in Earth’s future and it well deserves to be seen.

Niell Blomkamp has done it again.

In his latest directorial outing following on the heels of the hugely successful low budget science fiction sleeper from 2009, District 9, he has once again created a credible reality with compelling characters and a plot ripped straight from a pulp serial with top notch acting and special effects to match.

Matt Damon stars in this thriller as Max, a man who grows up in this dystopian future where, as a denizen of downtrodden Earth, he is destined to live and die as a forgotten remnant of the human inhabitation of our ruined and ecologically ravaged cradle of humanity.

Humanity, however, does have a future – or at least those that have money have one. Orbiting high in the sky above the planet is an enormous space station known as Elysium. There, the wealthy live in a paradise of human creation on a spinning wheel very visually reminiscent of the orbital habitat from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

With the space station, though, comes the bureaucracy that always seems to pervade these types of tales. Jodie Foster plays a merciless taskmaster on the station who routinely sentences refugees fleeing from Earth to the floating paradise to a swift and chilling death, callously ordering their ships to be blown from the skies as they get too close.

Max is given a chance, though, to help all humanity. After he is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation, he is given five days to live. His only chance for survival is to reach Elysium and the life giving medical treatment facilities that are reserved only for those people of means who can make it to the heavens.

He sacrifices part of his own humanity to make the journey. He is fitted with an exoskeleton that will allow him to fight the machines that guard the space station and also the dregs of humanity on Earth in the effort to prevent him from achieving his intended goal.

What makes this tale work so well is the humanity incorporated throughout. This isn’t simply an exploitation of what can be done visually on the screen. There is a neatly woven story here that is brought to life by top notch acting and a fantastic writer/director.

It is interesting to note that the film seeks to politicize the disparate gap between the haves and have-nots on our own planet. While those that have money can live in Utopia, those that have nothing are condemned to live on a planet with an uncertain future almost certainly destined for a less than ideal ending.

Humorously, though, I’m amused since those that spearheaded and appear in the movie are among those very folks who the film attempts to demonize. After all, aren’t Hollywood’s elite among the richest on the planet and certainly the haves among the have-nots?

If they aren’t careful, Hollywood’s elite just might end up biting off the hand that feeds them. I give Elysium 4 out of 5 stars.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • filmchick1987 profile image

      filmchick1987 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Elysium was great. Blomkamp should never be underestimated.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)