*hands teacher tardy slip*
Just watched this last weekend after taking the wife out for cheap mexican dinner and a pitcher of margaritas knowing that would put her in food coma and let me watch this movie without groaning about "a sci-fi movie?"...
Ended up I was groaning a bit at the end but such is life. The Oblivion thread discussion kept referencing this movie so I was excited to watch it and had fond memories of D9 bouncing in my head but aside from the same lighting friendly CGI and a common actor and maybe a tinge of the political undertones (or overtones depending on your take) I quickly figured out this was not D9 quality and by the end felt it was not even Oblivion quality. Like someone else said - one and done. I'm glad I waited for it to hit STARZ on demand.
A quick jog through the recent pages of this thread hadsome of these comments catching my eye;
Originally Posted by Dean Roddey
When did the (now uber-cliched) thing start where suddenly everything goes quiet, a flashback starts or it goes into slow-mo, and the string pads start with an Indian singer wailing away over them? I can't count the number of times I've seen that used in movies in recent years. It's reached the point of almost being annoying due to it's overuse.
I'm with you - and I'm going to say Gladiator was the first to nail it with the hand gliding over the wheat field.
Originally Posted by archiguy
Hey! What happened to my pic of the Honey Badger? It was OT, I know, but that was funny!
(well, to football fans anyway) Haven't we historically gotten a pass for clever, inoffensive wordplay??
Let's face it. This thread's about talked out anyway. It needed a little injection of fun. Let's sum Elysium up for the newcomers: Special effects: good! Message: bad! Damon & Foster: meh. Blomkamp: disappointing.
Originally Posted by Tack
I saw the movie after
reading this thread, which was mostly negative. A lot of times low expectations can help but not here. I think the big problem with Elysium for me is the potential they left on the table.
Normally a movie that's just mediocre doesn't bug me too much, but this could have really been something. I think that's the bigger crime. Similar to Prometheus.
I can find no reason not
to give that a shot a few times.
Ah yes - the disservice rings familiar. The parts were there - jumbled as they were, convoluted with script re-writes to appease the suits for sure and lead the viewer down the path like 1st graders walking to the zoo and see the lions. In the end we got tastes of what could have been.
My final thought is while many people found major flaws with both Oblivion and Elysium, at least if you weren't buying the story and found yourself yawning at predictability, you at least had awesome visual landscapes and an audibly satisfying soundtrack with very little war-like hammering of explosions to disrupt the flow in Oblivion.
If there's a sequel/prequel/spinoff I hope it follows the exploits of Kruger in a Bourne-esque genre of future super soldier.