Well well well.... I saw it yesterday... So first I'll go with the good news:
- The visuals are extremely well done, considering their quality in District 9, I'd say it's in the same vein, and even better. Incredible detail and mix of CGI vs. "real world". The Elysium habitat
- As it's been already mentioned, it's an original story - this year in the science-fiction departement, so far we've had Oblivion and Elysium, it looks like some studios still have balls after all!
- Sony is behind the film, which means the Blu-ray will look and sound absolutely fantastic
- Once again an R movie... with blood, flesh and body parts... So much convincing and "enjoyable" than the fake-looking CGI goo we have to endure so often. In short, a first-rate production design.
...and now for the bad news:
- When the film starts, I thought I was going to have a great science-fiction experience, I was prepared, I was eagerly expecting it.... still waiting.... All I got at some point was only an action movie with Matt Damon shooting the bad guys and trying to stay alive, in full Bourne mode...
- characters are all under-developed with no exception. We get a glimpse of them and when it gets interesting, the action takes over.
- I love Jodie Foster, but here her performance was a bit disappointing, I don't know why exactly, but something was off. She's not "bad" of course, but, I don't know, anyways...
- the minions in Despicable Me 1 & 2 are more intelligible than Sharlto Copley, at one point I gave up trying to understand what he was saying.
- the political "message", while I don't mind it per se, is a bit of a cliché and certainly nothing new. Considering the film doesn't go very deep debating and exploiting it, it's no big deal anyway.
- the ending is very predictable, we can see it coming very early in the movie.
- SHAKY CAM MUST DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it doesn't make an action scene more *cough* visceral, more intense, it makes it confused and stupid. It's so ridiculous at times I wanted to laugh.
So was it the "movie of the year" as the thread title suggests? Nope. Was it the "science-fiction movie of the year" then? Nope. Oblivion was better in many, many ways, and Gravity this fall looks very interesting... Elysium turns out a better-than-average action movie with a fascinating and dramatically under-developed science-fiction premise. But it sure looks
I won't learn anything new by watching it a second time, so no Blu-ray purchase on the horizon. That's too bad cause I really wanted to like this movie more.Edited by Morpheo - 8/10/13 at 4:09am