Elysium - Recap Review

What's good

- Great overall art style and visual effects
- Sharlto Copley makes for a great villain
- Plenty of cool gadgetry and weapons to gaze at
- Entertaining and very violent set pieces match the movie's grittiness

What's bad

- Clichee plot devices often make the story quite a bit too predictable
- Many wooden and bland characters
- Pretty naive (and a bit illogical) ending
- Jodie Foster not used to her full potential  


- I thought Matt Damon's exoskeleton surgery was supposed to hurt?

The Verdict

With Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp not only immitated District 9's general gritty sci-fi art style but also took much inspiration from his last movie's plot as well.
Elysium might sound like a very different story at first, but slowly shows that it mostly works with just the same narrative framework as District 9.
With that said, Elysium quickly loses a lot of its own charme in the process through several clichee plot devices that mostly make the story very predictable.
Luckily, it still boasts just enough own ideas and material to make for a solidly entertaining sci-fi flick. Along with a simple, yet fairly exciting story, Sharlto Copley's performance as the villanous Kruger is what keeps the movie's momentum going. Without him the movie would be a big bore considering all the surprisingly wooden acting talents involved.
All in all, Elysium is far away from being very original or inventive, but in its own right, it's an entertaining, solid movie, that just barely manages to outweigh its cons with enough pros.         

Final Verdict: 5 out of 10

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