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Old August 9 2013, 03:13 PM   #41
Agent Richard07
Re: Elysium - grade/review and spoilers - also controversy

Saw the movie last night and loved it. It was the prospect of seeing a realistic-looking ringworld for the first time on the big screen that piqued my interest, but I ended up getting a pretty good movie to go along with it. The whole thing looked very much like District 9 and I thought that was Sharlto Copley I saw. Sure enough it was him and the movie even came from the same director who made District 9. I wasn't expecting all that going in. Amazing how many of the same elements it had, right down to the exosuit. Excellent cinematography, by the way. I like Blomkamp's style. I do have one minor nitpick though. Future L.A. looked great as an appropriately impoverished dystopia, but I didn't feel like I was watching something that took place in L. A.

I give the movie an A. Lots to debate and think about. I downgraded it a bit because it's a movie that has it's heart in the right place but its attempt at a workable solution to the problems presented is pretty weak. Didn't downgrade it too much though because the entertainment value and spectacular visuals made up for the few weak spots that were there.

Jodie Foster loved District 9 and wished that she had directed it, so she was happy to get onboard with this. Reminds me of Jet Li doing Hero after having passed on Crouching Tiger.
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