I watched Elysium tonight and loved it.
When I heard that it didn't do so well in the critics reviews, I was shocked.
From the makers of "District 9" another great film, which got mixed reviews, Elysium is about our world in the future. Earth is a cesspool of over ran, dirty slums,(or at least in the Los Angeles area) with crime, a disheveled and rundown city filled with robotic police and what seems to be very extreme conditions.
Elysium, a beautiful ring of paradise, hangs over this distressed earth as a sign of beauty, power and what seems to be a world created for only the wealthy to obtain getting only the best food, water and of course medical care.
The story follows Max, a product of this earth and how he saves it with a ragtag team of justice fighters, desperate to help the population of earth.
What I loved, and the reason I think it might not have done so well is because of the social reflection of the grouse gap between "rich" and "poor" as well as the reflection of America today and what social injustices are occurring.
Even though, I think we would all love to believe that in the future, medicine and the ability to become unified as a world is possible, just like Star Trek would suggest, this movie shows us what else might happen if we as a society go down the path we are currently on. Reflecting what greed, power and money can and is currently doing in society.
There is also a great few clues to C.Chaves, which a little girl is named at the beginning of the film, as well as the United Farm Workers symbol snuck in.
Basically, I feel that this movie reflexes greatly on what is going on in America with regards to immigration laws, the corruption of powers, the extreme economic separation between the classes and might predict what could occur if these major issues are not addressed and really, fixed.
And just like a fat cat looking at itself in the mirror, some viewers might not have liked what they saw.
If you want to see a relevant movie that is not only well acted with a lot of action sequences AND deals with real issues that sooner or later we are all going to have to face, then watch this movie!
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