Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Elysium (Review)

Two weeks ago, I have a chance to watch Elysium in cinema. I was really excited because I've heard that it's a good movie. Moreover, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are among my favorite actors. Maybe that's why my expectation before I watch this movie was pretty high.

Honestly, I'm a little bit disappointed. I thought this movie was going to have many layers but it's actually pretty simple. The story is about earth in the future where two classes of people exist. The very wealthy, who live on a luxurious space station called Elysium and the poor, who live on devastated earth. I would like to see more about Elysium but unfortunately this movie only show a little bit of it. For me, the contrast differences between Elysium & Earth is not working because it's too black-and-white hence made it rather unbelievable. Despite its pretty visual, l think the story is a little bit shallow.

The main source of conflict here are the MedPods, a man-sized medical devices which looks like a bed in every Elysium homes that keep Elysium people free from disease. Meanwhile hospitals in Earth is too crowded and without enough resource. I don't like the fact that technology in health sector in this movie is far more developed than any other technology. Those MedPods can heal ANY disease and disability. Like when you have cancer, or suffer from polio or get injury from accident, the MedPod will heal you instantly. Seems very legit. It states in the movie that people in the Elysium never get old. Oh my, really? l want to know how people in Elysium overcome the rising population problem since they never get old, free from all diseases  (thanks to MedPod) and probably none of them die, unless they get accident on Earth.

Other than MedPod and the shallow description of People in Elysium, I feel this movie is fine. l advice you to watch it without too much expectation.


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