Elysium

Year Released: 2013
Main Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Last watched: August 2014
Review Date: August 2014
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD

Nah. The box and effects in trailers kept calling to me so much so that I eventually ignored the critics and plunged for the DVD in a cheapish deal. They were right to be disappointed.

It’s not that the idea is bad or that the effects have been badly done. Indeed, the sets, both real and virtual, are really atmospheric. Lots of attention to details and not too far over the top with the two-class society references.

But it’s all very empty. There isn’t enough and the central plot-line is very, well, wishy-washy.  Ultimately I felt like they’d missed something. Maybe this was direction or maybe just the script but there was a B-movie feeling, especially from some of the supporting cast who didn’t appear to be ‘real’ people, just 2D comic panels.

Wouldn’t recommend it. Oh, and there are WAY TOO MANY SHAKY CAM MOMENTS. Guys, just stop it. Really.

 

DVD Extras: I had looked at the Blu-Ray but couldn’t quite make myself pay the extra. Unfortunately, the mean spirited execs had kept the ‘making-of’ for the Blu ray and only added a couple of things about performances and design on this DVD version. Not a selling point although was fun to see some actor interviews in the performances part.


Keep DVD?

No.
Watch if on TV?
No. Well maybe if I’m missing scifi for long enough and I happen to catch it in the passing.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Avoid. Missing nothing by not seeing it.

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