Don’t go. Don’t rent. This is garbage. Read a book. Maybe if you’re 12 and you have never seen …. boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy dies trying to save girl…… then this movie is for you. But everybody else can smell this plot with the ‘hidden healthcare message‘ like an overflowing toilet in the lobby.
The only interesting thing about the movie is the question – Why did Matt Damon star in this stinker? Did he need more money ? Matt Damon already had his ‘superhero’ meal ticket nailed down with the ‘Boring’ Legacy so maybe he needed the money to fund the next Democratic White Guilt Election Campaign.
Or maybe he signed up for this bomb a few years back and was contractually obligated. Maybe he’s greedy and took a gamble on a SciFi hoping to score with a follow up ‘shooter point of view’ computer game and film sequels. Maybe the ‘save the poor, exploited, unwashed masses script’ sounded too good for a liberal humanitarian to resist. Who knows?
For every big problem there is a quick and simple answer, which also happens to be wrong. The answer provided by this film is that the whole world could be saved with Free Healthcare if only the selfish, unfeeling, rich were forced to pony up the loot and equipment. Voila, ObamaCare. But if you think about it, Karl Marx’s premise, ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his need,’ offers the earners no reason to keep busting their ass working paying for everybody else.
As Margaret Thatcher once said, ‘The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money … and you run the country into the ground….’ and have to make a stinking movie to promote the hare brained scheme by emotionally stimulating the reptilian brain of the audience.
Hoping like hell that nobody stops to think how much Free healthcare will really cost when there’s no reason to live safely or healthfully if someone else pays for everything.
The film also looks like it was shot by a Parkinson’s patient holding a Flip cam. This is not visual excitement, it’s just a sloppy fad that’s fun for one minute. The distant future looks like Detroit, which makes sense, but the cars will still look like a 2010 Dodge and everybody will still be poking laptops. Some things never change even with a multi-million dollar film budget and limited imagination.
If as the movie says, ‘everyone is meant to do something…,’ sometimes you find your purpose by failing. Elysium shows that this group was not meant to make movies. On the plus side, there are lots of wild fight scenes and crap blowing up.