So I watched Elysium with my wife this past weekend. Now, I swore off discussing politics on this site, so I won’t, but I’ll say this, the political message is strong with this one. There is no question what the writers of this story had in mind. I’ll let you figure that out on your own though, moving right along.
Elysium is a story set in a future time. Earth is inhabited by poor people, lacking in technology, money, etc. Many are sick, dying, and nothing is being done about it. Meanwhile, on Elysium, which is another “planet”, a metal Moon-like space station habitat, only the rich and privileged people are allowed to reside.
The story covers people from earth trying to get to Elysium, mostly to seek treatment for their illnesses. On Elysium there exist these machines that can basically find and treat any ailment within moments. It’s pretty fancy stuff, and it’s not far-fetched to think that this may come to pass one of these days.
Political overtones aside, the film was quite entertaining. I’m a fan of Matt Damon; I usually enjoy the films that he is in. One can most certainly sympathize with a dying child, and you’ll always root for the “good guys” to win when a kid’s life is involved. I know I wanted her to survive, but I won’t ruin it for you.
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There are a few things I take issue with though. When the main bad guy is killed, he won’t stay dead. Agent Kruger had his freaking face completely blown off with a grenade, right? Then they put him in some facial reconstruction machine, and his damn face came back and boom, he’s alive again. WTF? How is that fair? If the bad guy gets killed, then comes back to life, how does the opposition win? However, that aside, great movie.