Posted September 2, 2013 by KamRon Perry in

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Neill Blomkamp
Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura
Sci Fi, Action
TriStar Pictures (Sony)
Release Date:
August 8, 2013

In KamRon Perry’s review of the sci fi thriller Elysium he takes a look beyond the special effects and mega-star power to question human kinds selfishness.

by KamRon Perry
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Elysium Leaves Viewers Questioning Their Own Selfishness

ElysiumIn ancient Greek mythology, Elysium is basically a paradise one goes to when one dies and having lived a great life or died a hero. As far as the movie Elysium, I was in paradise watching it.

Watching the trailers for Elysium, I thought this movie would simply be about a man leading rebel forces to an orbiting space station named Elysium where the rich and powerful live because the Earth has become uninhabitable. I should have known it wouldn’t be that simple.

There are a lot of surprises that go on in this movie so I don’t want to give to much away but, the main character, Max, is trying to get onto Elysium because he gets an unhealthy dose of radiation and needs a cure. On Elysium, they have pods that can heal just about anything. Max goes to an old criminal buddy who hooks him up with a mech suit so he’ll be strong enough to steal some valuable information then fight his way to Elysium.

With all that happening on earth, Elysium has its own problems. There’s a political struggle going on mostly over keeping Elysium “safe” from the illegals trying to get aboard the space station and the ethical ramifications from shooting down any ship that tried to make it there.

These two plot lines collide when Max accidentally steals some information leading to some pretty awesome fight scenes. There is no shortage of bloody and gruesome scenes where characters are stabbed, ripped apart, blown up, and blasted apart. I almost tossed my cookies when one dude gets his face ripped apart in the explosion!

One of my favorite parts of this movie is that it does have a point and it’s not the obvious social commentary on illegal immigration. The main theme of the movie seems to be selfishness and sacrifice. The people of Elysium are selfishly keeping their resources to themselves and forsaking the people of earth. Max is selfishly trying to heal himself and is willing to kill any one who gets in his way. Towards the end of the movie I found myself asking myself “Would I be willing to do whatever it takes to save myself?” and “What if someone else needs my help? Would I just leave them hanging?” Underneath all the blood and gore, there is a really cool theme to this movie and actually has the audience asking themselves questions about being selfish. Towards the end of the movie, Max answers his own question and his last line of the movie is “I figured out why the hippo did it” a line that nearly brought me to tears.

Overall I liked this movie a lot and would recommend it. The acting is solid and believable, the special effects were out of this world, and of course the story will have you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend going out with your friends and checking out Elysium, if anything so you can figure out why the hippo did it yourself.

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KamRon Perry