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Old 12-17-2013, 09:00 AM   #401
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A decent movie, I think the problem is that the third act was too long, too much action, which is the story of 2013.

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Old 12-19-2013, 08:45 AM   #402
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Great effects, meh story and acting. What accent was jody foster going for?

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Old 12-19-2013, 10:26 AM   #403
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I'm not real sure. I was questioning Kruger's accent too until I found out that's pretty much how he sounds. Really liked the movie though.

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Old 12-19-2013, 12:16 PM   #404
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A decent movie, I think the problem is that the third act was too long, too much action, which is the story of 2013.
personally, i think the film has a ton of flaws but i do not find length, in any way, to be one of them. if anything the film is a tad too short, some elements felt like they needed more fleshing out.

Elysium is supposed to be an action movie, first and foremost. i really don't think that there was all that much action at the end. a decent chunk, yeah, but without that then the movie as a whole would have precious little action besides the heist setpiece in the middle.

maybe you just didn't care for the action at the end, which is understandable, it has some cool moments throughout but the heist scene was a lot more memorable, i thought. but i'm surprised that you felt that there was too much action in general, considering the film's genre. to each his own, i guess.

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Old 12-19-2013, 12:19 PM   #405
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My problem wasn't the amount, it was how it was filmed. Just horrible

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Old 12-19-2013, 12:22 PM   #406
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yeah, there were moments where it worked for me and moments where it didn't. i think the middle setpiece was executed well but the end action felt pretty erratic.

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Old 12-19-2013, 12:22 PM   #407
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Elysium needed to be longer and delve into stuff more. It had an intriguing premise, but everything felt half-baked and like it barely scratched the surface.

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Old 12-19-2013, 01:43 PM   #408
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It was an alright film. Entertaining, but very "flat" feeling in terms of its depth.

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Old 12-19-2013, 01:50 PM   #409
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I think they planned this movie on a napkin quite frankly.

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Old 12-19-2013, 06:36 PM   #410
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My problem wasn't the amount, it was how it was filmed. Just horrible
I managed to follow to action much better on blu-ray and it made the movie much more enjoyable to me.

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Old 12-19-2013, 06:57 PM   #411
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I managed to follow to action much better on blu-ray and it made the movie much more enjoyable to me.
Yeah I plan to soon. Hunger Games I couldn't stand the action in the theater but on blu ray it was very easy to watch

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:14 PM   #412
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Got this on bluray. Held up nice since theaters. It's far from perfect ( script problems, feels like a lot was left out)but I find it enjoyable still. And yes the action is easier to follow than in theaters.

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:45 PM   #413
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I watched it yesterday and enjoyed it. The political message supporting illegal immigrants is pretty heavy handed, but I'm siding more and more with their plight as time goes by anyway, so I didn't mind it.

I do wish that the world had been explored more. The problem with these one and done sci-fi films is that sci-fi fans always want to know more about the world and how it happened, what goes on etc. So, movies like Elysium, Oblivion and Upside Down (all from 2013) all feel like a bit of a letdown because I wish they could have expanded the stories.

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:49 PM   #414
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Well, it’s like they got every political message they could get in there. Immigration, the 1%, the use of mercenaries, etc.

Which would be all well and good, if it wasn’t so damn in your face.

Blomkamp really needs to work being a little more subtle.

But, much as I was disappointed with the movie, I will say that the concept art was excellent. And the effects, were par excellence. The droids looked incredible.

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:52 PM   #415
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Yeah...but I'm in the camp that think that sci-fi (and some forms of horror) are often better if they mean something more than just the story you're watching. I don't have to agree with the message, I just want there to be one.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:55 PM   #416
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Well the movie doesn't really address any of it in a real way. Like, what is the logical outcome of the movie's conclusion? Elysium, like a lifeboat, will get swamped. Its limited resources will be used up, and it will fall into disrepair like the rest of the world.

A good movie would explore all that.

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:58 PM   #417
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I'm of two minds of Elysium:

I'm glad that it's an original film. I'm glad that Neill is able to do something that's big without spending 200 million.

But...

Overall it's a sophomore slump. Not a bad movie, but more of a frustrating experience because if Neill polished the script a bit more, the movie could've been amazing. Instead, it's okay to moderately good. Everything was painted with broad strokes, which is unfortunate.

And it happens. Neill is young and the future is bright for him. It's not a crash (like a 47 Ronin) but more like a stumble for his career, but he'll keep on trucking.

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Old 12-27-2013, 12:16 AM   #418
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Well the movie doesn't really address any of it in a real way. Like, what is the logical outcome of the movie's conclusion? Elysium, like a lifeboat, will get swamped. Its limited resources will be used up, and it will fall into disrepair like the rest of the world.

A good movie would explore all that.
It appeared to me that, rather than bring everyone to Elysium, they were bringing the resources of Elysium to Earth. They clearly COULD make the world a better place, but that was illegal.

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Old 12-27-2013, 12:27 PM   #419
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I'm of two minds of Elysium:

I'm glad that it's an original film. I'm glad that Neill is able to do something that's big without spending 200 million.

But...

Overall it's a sophomore slump. Not a bad movie, but more of a frustrating experience because if Neill polished the script a bit more, the movie could've been amazing. Instead, it's okay to moderately good. Everything was painted with broad strokes, which is unfortunate.

And it happens. Neill is young and the future is bright for him. It's not a crash (like a 47 Ronin) but more like a stumble for his career, but he'll keep on trucking.
This sums it up. Although I think I liked it slightly more.

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Old 12-28-2013, 12:06 PM   #420
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It seems to me that Blomkamp just took District 9 - a very original movie IMO - and re3peated it. This time the theme will be immigration. And then did it all over again, without making anything new. Its' all broad brushstrokes, an over the top villain and the average action movie. Nothing special.

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