Matt Damon shaves his head and gets some truly disturbing hardware drilled into his body in Elysium, the latest but not greatest sci-fi adventure from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp.
Matt Damon shaves his head and gets some truly disturbing hardware drilled into his body in Elysium, the latest but not greatest sci-fi adventure from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. It's the year 2154 and Earth has been totally depleted of resources. Damon plays Max, a hard-up worker struggling to survive on the trashed planet while the 1 percent thrive on a space station floating above Earth (called Elysium). From the opening sequence when a nun tells young Max he's destined to do something great, you know that's where the movie is heading, but what she doesn't tell him (or us) is that until then, he'll be pretty insufferable. The biggest issue with Elysium isn't the selfish main character, it's that this story has been told before — and better.
Max drudges through his life content with being one of the miserable many until an accident at his factory job renders him with radiation poisoning. The incident reunites him with an old friend (Alice Braga) whose daughter is dying. He doesn't care about the kid (like, at all) and frankly, his lack of empathy is incredibly off-putting. Max agrees to take a dangerous job from crime kingpin Spider (Wagner Moura) in exchange for an illegal trip to Elysium, where there are pods that can heal him. That's where things get predictably worse for Max, because he doesn't realize power-hungry Defense Minister Delacourt (Jodie Foster) is about to stage a coup on Elysium, and her plans just so happen to conflict with his. The setup is sufficient, but the characters made me care less and less about the outcome as the movie went along. Find out more about what I thought of Elysium when you read more.