Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’

Hello friends! It has been a while. But I recently had an almost lethal overdose – of movies (did you think I was going to say something else then?) and so it is time to empart my wisdom once again about the one thing in this world that I can talk insenently about, even if you tell me to stop. And you probably will. But I am stubborn so there.

When I first saw the trailer for Elysium, I though it was right up my street. Post-apocolyptic. Space. Robots. Its like the movie equivalent of an orgasm. Anyway, it was clear they chucked a lot of money at this film, the special effects were top notch – and the cast impressive. Matt Damon – I’m guessing – doesn’t come cheap, and neither does Jodie Foster (despite not really bringing anything good to a film since Contact back in 1997). Also in the starring line up was City of Gods Alice Braga who has done some interesting films since her big break, and as an actress I think she does the whole damsel in distress well. But the best thing Elysium had going for it was it’s concept. In the not so different future, earth has become inhabitable due to over-population and pollution, and using up resources. As a result, those with the means, moved to Elysium, a space station in Earth’s orbit that is basically like the astro version on Bel-Air. The people in charge are all on Elysium. And they rely on robots back on Earth to govern the people with a literal iron fist. The world has become unjust, third world dictatorship, where the people with means (the 1 percent) live in paradise while trampling on the 99 percent back on the ground. On top of that, people on Elysium have health pods that – from what I gather – can make people live forever. They can heal any person of any ailment. And the rich use that to prolong their lifestyle while the poor have no decent healthcare.

It’s not difficult to see that the whole movie is a metaphor for what we ourselves have become. There is still a huge class divide by where 5 % of the population controls 95 % of the worlds wealth. And those in the developed world are okay with that – a bold statement, I know. But it’s all fine writing a check to a charity every once and a while when you saw the starving child covered in flies on TV, but when the solution to the problem becomes something that impacts on our actual way of life – we start to have a problem. People question how much the government spends on foreign aid when there are domestic crisis’ that are in need of funding. We have our flat screen TV’s, and our games consoles, and our holidays abroad – not because we need them, but because we can and we feel we deserve them. It’s an ugly side to human nature that we all share.

Anyway, back to the movie. The concept of Elysium interested me. And the film had potential in spades. However, I think the execution was flawed. In terms of direction I think Neil Blomkamp did well, but his script was lacking. There was no big finale, just several events that didn’t really climax in any meaningful end. The action was not as exciting as it could have been and in terms of the story development, the whole thing felt very much like it was plodding along at an uneven pace. I enjoyed Elysium, and it definitely wasn’t a bad movie, but it never really excited and enthralled like a big budget action movie should. It is possible that this was purposeful, in order to not overshadow the films message, but the ending wasn’t really moving enough to be memorable. Matt Damon’s character wasn’t particularly likeable, and I hated Jodie Fosters Delacourt much more than I liked him. All the performances were good, and I think the actors did their best with what they had, but there was no winning spark that would have made this a mega movie.

Overall, this movie didn’t live up to hype. But still delivered as a weekend blockbuster.

6/10

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I’m in desperate need of lightening the mood after all that. So I thought I’d continue the 30 day movie challenge. Although I may have let a few days lap – ahem… erm or a few months *cough*, I am now ready and raring to go!

Right so, favourite action. Well due to the idiots over there at movie challenge (is it even like a company…? Meh) not including the best of all genres – SCI-FI (?! – I know right?!) I have had to make some changes and have decided my favourite action can only be one thing. It’s my favourite Sci-Fi of all time, and my favourite action, James Cameron’s incredible – Aliens.

I love this movie. It’s actually even better than the first alien movie (although that is also a masterpiece), and it cements Sigourney Weaver as not only a serious bad ass but the Queen of science fiction. The above quote is even my favourite line in a movie ever and Ripley is just so likeable and strong its just impossible not to travel through the movie with her. You can see all the similarities of Avatar when you watch Aliens as well, which makes me wonder what a film it would have been if it had have been made today. If you haven’t seen this movie, what the hell have you been doing?! No I’m kidding of course. Seriously, get out there and see it. Even if your not a Sci-Fi fan, its a movie that anyone can appreciate.

Sigourney Weaver is like nerd mecca – we shine our replica light sabres in her direction at least once a day 😉

Edit: Haha I just realised how that sounds… I wasn’t trying to be dirty in any way! Honest!