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Neill Blomkamp owns up to Elysium's shortcomings

02.26.2015

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Despite the fact that writer/director Neill Blomkamp's latest movie, CHAPPIE, hits theaters next Friday, folks can't stop talking about his upcoming take on the ALIEN franchise. Not that I blame them, but recently Blomkamp spoke out about his previous films, and in particular, ELYSIUM. ELYSIUM didn't get terrible reviews across the board, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't want to make me take a grenade to the face. I feel better knowing that Blomkamp also feels there could have been some improvements.

Regarding any frustrations with Hollywood when ELYSIUM underperformed:

No, any frustration I feel with Elysium is with myself. I think I’m lucky, at least for this phase of my career, I’m lucky in the sense that I don’t feel a lot of pressures I think other directors feel. I don’t have District 9 be successful and then have Elysium be not successful and then beat myself up over it because of how the audience perceives them.  I don’t have that. It definitely doesn’t bother me. The thing that bothers me is if I feel like I f*cked it up.  I feel like, ultimately, the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring, filled with rich people, hovering above the impoverished Earth, is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly. But I just think the script wasn’t… I just didn’t make a good enough film is ultimately what it is.

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For whatever reason, I always respect filmmakers who openly acknowledge their shortcomings. The first step is admittance, right? I'm not sure how well CHAPPIE will fare, but ALIEN(S) fans everywhere seem pretty ecstatic that Blomkamp is taking a shot at the franchise, and I have no qualms in joining them. After all, it couldn't be any worse than ALIEN 3/RESURRECTION, right?

Neill Blomkamp's next film, CHAPPIE, hits theaters on March 6.

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7:13AM on 02/28/2015
Personally I agree with his statement. The idea is interesting, but the story isn't. In fact, the idea of a floating city filled with rich people is hardly new and have been handled better. The old RPG game Xenogears came into mind, as well as the original premise for many of the Gundam anime where interestingly the role between the space colony and Earth is switched with the space colony being the impoverished ones.
Personally I agree with his statement. The idea is interesting, but the story isn't. In fact, the idea of a floating city filled with rich people is hardly new and have been handled better. The old RPG game Xenogears came into mind, as well as the original premise for many of the Gundam anime where interestingly the role between the space colony and Earth is switched with the space colony being the impoverished ones.
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12:41AM on 02/28/2015

The problem with Elysium... (SPOILER)

I didn't get what the downside was to sending the medical ships to Earth. The entire process appeared to be automated, and sending them didn't cause any burden or duress for the rich Elysium folks. So why wasn't this done sooner?
I didn't get what the downside was to sending the medical ships to Earth. The entire process appeared to be automated, and sending them didn't cause any burden or duress for the rich Elysium folks. So why wasn't this done sooner?
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4:39PM on 02/27/2015
Elysium will probably go down as one of Blomkamp's lesser efforts, but I though it was all right. Nothing amazing, but a solid sci fi action flick. I'm cautiously optimistic about Chappie at this point. The trailers make it out to be similar to Short Circuit, but I'm hopeful we'll end up with something closer to Paul Verhoeven's Robocop. I have no doubt the Alien sequel is going to rock.
Elysium will probably go down as one of Blomkamp's lesser efforts, but I though it was all right. Nothing amazing, but a solid sci fi action flick. I'm cautiously optimistic about Chappie at this point. The trailers make it out to be similar to Short Circuit, but I'm hopeful we'll end up with something closer to Paul Verhoeven's Robocop. I have no doubt the Alien sequel is going to rock.
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4:07PM on 02/27/2015
I liked Elysium well enough. Not perfect but not as bad as I'd heard before I watched it.
For me it was great to see Syd Mead's design work and the space wheel which is a concept I've loved since I saw concept art of it in a book in the 1980s when I was a kid. I never thought of it as being open to space so that ships could fly straight in, but it was a pleasure to see that idea visualised beautifully up on screen. Not a perfect film but there's a lot to like about it regardless.
I liked Elysium well enough. Not perfect but not as bad as I'd heard before I watched it.
For me it was great to see Syd Mead's design work and the space wheel which is a concept I've loved since I saw concept art of it in a book in the 1980s when I was a kid. I never thought of it as being open to space so that ships could fly straight in, but it was a pleasure to see that idea visualised beautifully up on screen. Not a perfect film but there's a lot to like about it regardless.
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3:33PM on 02/27/2015
The thing about Elysium was that it started off really strong, but once they finally got to the ring is when it completely fell apart & became a totally different movie. The movie had so much potential, but it's always good when a director owns up to their projects. The guy now gets to do an Alien movie just from his own concept designs, so he does have talent & a real vision.
The thing about Elysium was that it started off really strong, but once they finally got to the ring is when it completely fell apart & became a totally different movie. The movie had so much potential, but it's always good when a director owns up to their projects. The guy now gets to do an Alien movie just from his own concept designs, so he does have talent & a real vision.
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12:57PM on 02/27/2015
I like Elysium, not sure what it's short comings were. It was a fully realized world and everything seemed perfectly explained within the context of it's own reality. So not sure what was wrong about it.

I'm fully supportive of Blomkamp making a new Aliens movie. I think he could bring something to the franchise that hasn't been done since James Cameron made Aliens. And hopefully if that movie is successful, someone will greenlight a goddamn Halo movie for Blomkamp!
I like Elysium, not sure what it's short comings were. It was a fully realized world and everything seemed perfectly explained within the context of it's own reality. So not sure what was wrong about it.

I'm fully supportive of Blomkamp making a new Aliens movie. I think he could bring something to the franchise that hasn't been done since James Cameron made Aliens. And hopefully if that movie is successful, someone will greenlight a goddamn Halo movie for Blomkamp!
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7:40AM on 02/27/2015

I enjoy Elysium.

It's a pretty solid 7/10 for me. Although, I do admit it's glaring mistakes. And Jodie Foster's accent is terribly annoying. To me it's an entertaining hour and twenty minutes and falls off the wagon at the end but I still enjoy it. Original Sci fi is always welcomed by me. Hes one of the better directors to come along in awhile for me and I can't wait to see Chappie!
It's a pretty solid 7/10 for me. Although, I do admit it's glaring mistakes. And Jodie Foster's accent is terribly annoying. To me it's an entertaining hour and twenty minutes and falls off the wagon at the end but I still enjoy it. Original Sci fi is always welcomed by me. Hes one of the better directors to come along in awhile for me and I can't wait to see Chappie!
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6:54AM on 02/27/2015
He'll be owning up to the shortcomings of his shitty 'Alien 5' retcon in a few years' time.
He'll be owning up to the shortcomings of his shitty 'Alien 5' retcon in a few years' time.
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3:57AM on 02/27/2015
I really respect him for being so honest and I can recommend his TED-Talk. Very interesting guy. Even though I would agree, that he is not a great storyteller. District 9 had a cool and fresh vibe but the story was shallow and run of the mill. And Chappie looks like an awful idea to me. Mixing a Children movie with an R-Rating? Still I could picture him making an awesome Alien movie because Alien is about design, atmosphere an scares.
I really respect him for being so honest and I can recommend his TED-Talk. Very interesting guy. Even though I would agree, that he is not a great storyteller. District 9 had a cool and fresh vibe but the story was shallow and run of the mill. And Chappie looks like an awful idea to me. Mixing a Children movie with an R-Rating? Still I could picture him making an awesome Alien movie because Alien is about design, atmosphere an scares.
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1:28AM on 02/27/2015
While I thought that Elysium had flaws, I liked it and I think it showed why Blomkamp is such an exciting director. Here's the thing about Blomkamp for me: with District 9 being so great, it still didn't set huge expectations for him as a director. Elysium didn't really do this either. I am very much looking forward to Chappie, but Blomkamp feels more safe as a director because he has such a great vision, I almost don't care if his films really meet these expectations people seem to place on
While I thought that Elysium had flaws, I liked it and I think it showed why Blomkamp is such an exciting director. Here's the thing about Blomkamp for me: with District 9 being so great, it still didn't set huge expectations for him as a director. Elysium didn't really do this either. I am very much looking forward to Chappie, but Blomkamp feels more safe as a director because he has such a great vision, I almost don't care if his films really meet these expectations people seem to place on him. That will change, of course, with Alien, since it's such a beloved and long lasting franchise. But I have faith that he will be seasoned enough by then to tackled such a monumental franchise.
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12:01AM on 02/27/2015
I will never get why anyone would call this a bad movie. 100 million dollar r rated sci fi dont come out too regularly. I really hope Blomkamp drops sony, Tom Rothman is in charge now if Im correct.
I will never get why anyone would call this a bad movie. 100 million dollar r rated sci fi dont come out too regularly. I really hope Blomkamp drops sony, Tom Rothman is in charge now if Im correct.
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7:49AM on 02/27/2015
Because the characters were one dimensional, the story was trite, and the acting was terrible?
Because the characters were one dimensional, the story was trite, and the acting was terrible?
10:12AM on 02/27/2015
it's a bad idea to lie to yourself des
it's a bad idea to lie to yourself des
5:37PM on 02/27/2015
As I have scrolled through the comments, and started seeing who had responses I was able to start predicting who Des had responded to. I was wrong once. That's pathetic man. And I also realized that the by far majority of PPL on this website, at least who commented, don't think Elysium is a bad movie. There are some oks, disappointments, flawed, but not many out right terrible. So, you're wrong kid. Sure, popularity doesn't = fact, but there's a reason PpL agree. There's a reason the
As I have scrolled through the comments, and started seeing who had responses I was able to start predicting who Des had responded to. I was wrong once. That's pathetic man. And I also realized that the by far majority of PPL on this website, at least who commented, don't think Elysium is a bad movie. There are some oks, disappointments, flawed, but not many out right terrible. So, you're wrong kid. Sure, popularity doesn't = fact, but there's a reason PpL agree. There's a reason the majority of ppl found at least a few things to enjoy in the film (it's bc there were!). Why are you unable to just say this is what you think? When you write, why don't you try throwing in some "I think" and such in there. I think Avengers was over rated and I have no idea why people liked DOFP. I thought it was garbage. And I thought the ending of Flight was cowardly. But I'm not going to get on a thread and argue with multiple ppl more than once. You have that much free time? And that's how u want to spend it? Why don't u go make a good sci fi film? Or try to shut down NPR?

And Charlto being better than Matt Damon, what directors do you like? Would you say that, uhm let's say, Edward Zwick, Steven Spielberg, Anthony Minghella, Robert Redford, Kevin Smith, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Greengrass, Clint Eastwood, Coen Bros, Cameron Crowe, Gus Van Sant, Steven Soderbergh, Neil Blomkamp, Terry Gilliam, George Clooney, Chris Nolan, and Ridley Scott are some of the best directors around? Sure, Kevin Smith hasnt made anything worthwhile in awhile and he was never really visually talented. Directors on here have made some pretty terrible movies for sure. But in general, they are pretty good, yeah? So, tell me, why would they have Damon in their films? Seven of them have had him more than once. Are you just like, a big South Park fan who went and saw Team America and laughed at the Matt Damon joke and decided to steal Matt and Trey's opinion? Well, news for you - that doll was legit broken and so they chose that route. Even they like him.
11:43PM on 02/26/2015
While a bit more superficial than D-9, I thought Elysium was pretty entertaining. In retrospect I don't think the whole thing was thought out as well as it could have been, but once Sharlto Copley showed up, I stopped caring about that and just watched his performance. I also kind of liked the character of Spider, just cuz you don't expect that guy to be one of the good guys.
While a bit more superficial than D-9, I thought Elysium was pretty entertaining. In retrospect I don't think the whole thing was thought out as well as it could have been, but once Sharlto Copley showed up, I stopped caring about that and just watched his performance. I also kind of liked the character of Spider, just cuz you don't expect that guy to be one of the good guys.
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11:07PM on 02/26/2015
I enjoyed Elysium for what it was. The ending of the movie left me with questions though. I mean, if medical technology had advanced to the point where people could be cured of diseases easily then why not use it on everybody? The problem with modern medicine is that it is still expensive: people with chronic diseases sometimes need to go in for treatment almost every day; it's not like you can sit under a machine for a few minutes and then you're done. If it was that easy then it would also be
I enjoyed Elysium for what it was. The ending of the movie left me with questions though. I mean, if medical technology had advanced to the point where people could be cured of diseases easily then why not use it on everybody? The problem with modern medicine is that it is still expensive: people with chronic diseases sometimes need to go in for treatment almost every day; it's not like you can sit under a machine for a few minutes and then you're done. If it was that easy then it would also be inexpensive and available to everyone. It was such an obvious flaw that the writer / director probably thought "Shit! That doesn't make sense!" just like everyone else.

The move In Time had a similar problem: anti-aging technology was capable of making everyone live forever. Well, fine, then let everyone live forever. It doesn't make sense to allow poor people to die off because then you would find yourselves living forever and eventually your Iphones won't work but you can't buy new ones because all the factories closed when all the workers died. Oops.
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11:40PM on 02/26/2015
If the medical technology was there, but it was so expensive that it was sucking the world economy dry. Thus a few rich immortals and ever more impoverished masses...
If the medical technology was there, but it was so expensive that it was sucking the world economy dry. Thus a few rich immortals and ever more impoverished masses...
10:46PM on 02/26/2015
I was a little disappointed with Elysium in theater, but still liked it. I think my expectations we too high after District 9. I watched it again on blu-ray a year later and really enjoyed it. Sure, some improvements could have been made, but I think it's good as is.
I was a little disappointed with Elysium in theater, but still liked it. I think my expectations we too high after District 9. I watched it again on blu-ray a year later and really enjoyed it. Sure, some improvements could have been made, but I think it's good as is.
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10:41PM on 02/26/2015
Maybe he should have made the rich in Elysium living in the space-station be Swiss bankers, Japanese tycoons and Arabic oil sheiks, and the people on the ground be regular joe working class people? Would his politics still have been "immature" then? It's way dishonest to call the film bad just cause you feel threatened by the social criticism in it. Which I don't think was directed at one particular nation anyway.
Maybe he should have made the rich in Elysium living in the space-station be Swiss bankers, Japanese tycoons and Arabic oil sheiks, and the people on the ground be regular joe working class people? Would his politics still have been "immature" then? It's way dishonest to call the film bad just cause you feel threatened by the social criticism in it. Which I don't think was directed at one particular nation anyway.
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7:51AM on 02/27/2015
Wow are you tired. What a stupid comment.

"Feel threatened"? The Leftist film critics were saying it was "over-the-top" in it's preaching about Socialism.
Wow are you tired. What a stupid comment.

"Feel threatened"? The Leftist film critics were saying it was "over-the-top" in it's preaching about Socialism.
10:10AM on 02/27/2015
Don't have any real arguments so you use insults instead, Des? You're kind of proving my point, aren't you?
Don't have any real arguments so you use insults instead, Des? You're kind of proving my point, aren't you?
9:35PM on 02/26/2015
Elysium technically was well made but thematically was just the shame shit as District 9, it didnt feel like he stepped forward as a filmmaker. Chappie feels like the same old too, with that said I havent seen it, im excited for Aliens from him. He's talented, lets move on from the South African ghettos.
Elysium technically was well made but thematically was just the shame shit as District 9, it didnt feel like he stepped forward as a filmmaker. Chappie feels like the same old too, with that said I havent seen it, im excited for Aliens from him. He's talented, lets move on from the South African ghettos.
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9:55PM on 02/26/2015
My he wants to be south Africa's M Night.
My he wants to be south Africa's M Night.
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9:29PM on 02/26/2015

the plot bugged me because

It was too much "push the magic button and everything bad in the world will be fixed."

I am fine with, even encourage, a social message, but solutions arent that simple.
It was too much "push the magic button and everything bad in the world will be fixed."

I am fine with, even encourage, a social message, but solutions arent that simple.
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8:40PM on 02/26/2015
I for one applaud Blomkamp for being one of the ONLY directors out there making completely original and unique Sci-fi films. Whether you agree with the messages in his films or not atleast he is trying to say something with each film he makes. I would gladly take the "grenade to the face" that is Elysium over the countless reboots, remakes, sequels, prequels, and comic book films that have plagued the cinemas for years. Atleast with Blomkamp I know I'm getting something I haven't seen before.
I for one applaud Blomkamp for being one of the ONLY directors out there making completely original and unique Sci-fi films. Whether you agree with the messages in his films or not atleast he is trying to say something with each film he makes. I would gladly take the "grenade to the face" that is Elysium over the countless reboots, remakes, sequels, prequels, and comic book films that have plagued the cinemas for years. Atleast with Blomkamp I know I'm getting something I haven't seen before.
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9:16PM on 02/26/2015
What? Elysium was a rip off of Battle Angel Alita. Chappie is a rip off of Short Circuit. Even District 9 owes a lot to Alien Nation. Original he is not.
What? Elysium was a rip off of Battle Angel Alita. Chappie is a rip off of Short Circuit. Even District 9 owes a lot to Alien Nation. Original he is not.
9:39PM on 02/26/2015
I agree he's out their making original sci-fi. The only problem is he's repeated his uinque flavor too many times ad nauseom. Thats why I'm excited for him take Aliens and approach something different with his talent EDIT: @Mr.Moe Let's at least see 'Chappie' before calling it a rip off of short circuit.
I agree he's out their making original sci-fi. The only problem is he's repeated his uinque flavor too many times ad nauseom. Thats why I'm excited for him take Aliens and approach something different with his talent EDIT: @Mr.Moe Let's at least see 'Chappie' before calling it a rip off of short circuit.
9:53PM on 02/26/2015
Completely original. There's almost nothing at all original about his films. It's just sharp repackaging of age old ideas. Not saying he doesn't do it well, but his subject matter is nothing new.
Completely original. There's almost nothing at all original about his films. It's just sharp repackaging of age old ideas. Not saying he doesn't do it well, but his subject matter is nothing new.
11:51PM on 02/26/2015
When was the last time you saw an original film? With the exception of maybe Birdman, which was so weird I haven't tried to fit it into a box yet, no movie is original, especially genre movies. And Blomkamp is a genre director. Until Alien comes out everything he's done will be something he wrote. Are his films reminiscent of other sci-fi films, yes. Though I doubt he was aping Alien Nation as much as he was Apartheid. What he does that I like is he goes out of his way to make things gritty and
When was the last time you saw an original film? With the exception of maybe Birdman, which was so weird I haven't tried to fit it into a box yet, no movie is original, especially genre movies. And Blomkamp is a genre director. Until Alien comes out everything he's done will be something he wrote. Are his films reminiscent of other sci-fi films, yes. Though I doubt he was aping Alien Nation as much as he was Apartheid. What he does that I like is he goes out of his way to make things gritty and realistic. Most sci-fi looks kind of pristine, even something like Minority Report had its shiny future D.C. on top of the ghettos.
8:18PM on 02/26/2015
I thought Elysium was a solid follow up to District 9, but was let down in certain areas. But he has shown much potential in his directing and storytelling skills that I'm eager for anything the guy does next. Chappie looks interesting, but since the announcement of him taking on Alien, I'm much more interested in that film, then I am with Chappie.
I thought Elysium was a solid follow up to District 9, but was let down in certain areas. But he has shown much potential in his directing and storytelling skills that I'm eager for anything the guy does next. Chappie looks interesting, but since the announcement of him taking on Alien, I'm much more interested in that film, then I am with Chappie.
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8:16PM on 02/26/2015
Its not a terrible film. I actually prefer the aesthetic and action showcased in Elysium than I do any other blockbuster in recent memory. Reminded me of 80s action cinema. Where it did fail miserably was its horribly immature, simple minded political commentary which made the narrative completely absurd and unexciting.
Its not a terrible film. I actually prefer the aesthetic and action showcased in Elysium than I do any other blockbuster in recent memory. Reminded me of 80s action cinema. Where it did fail miserably was its horribly immature, simple minded political commentary which made the narrative completely absurd and unexciting.
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9:19PM on 02/26/2015
The action was undermined by the terribly cartoonish character he had Copley portray. If he'd been a professional with an edge, it would have made the dynamic between him and Damon so much better.

I agree with the rest of what you said.
The action was undermined by the terribly cartoonish character he had Copley portray. If he'd been a professional with an edge, it would have made the dynamic between him and Damon so much better.

I agree with the rest of what you said.
11:58PM on 02/26/2015
Yes. Copley was cartoonish and very one dimensional. Agreed.
Yes. Copley was cartoonish and very one dimensional. Agreed.
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8:13PM on 02/26/2015
Why doesn't he just own up to ripping off Battle Angel Alita? Cause that's what he did.
Why doesn't he just own up to ripping off Battle Angel Alita? Cause that's what he did.
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7:52PM on 02/26/2015

But...

...does he own up to it's mind blowing stupidity?

His "worker's hero" would be living on that space station in real life.

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...does he own up to it's mind blowing stupidity?

His "worker's hero" would be living on that space station in real life.

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8:09PM on 02/26/2015
And offering the President a million dollars if he'll just go away.......

In the immortal words of Matt & Trey......."Matt Damon!"
And offering the President a million dollars if he'll just go away.......

In the immortal words of Matt & Trey......."Matt Damon!"
7:35PM on 02/26/2015

Chappie looks like a remake of "Short Circuit"

I kept waiting for the "Robot" to shout Johnny Five is Alive. no new ideas in South Africa either.
I kept waiting for the "Robot" to shout Johnny Five is Alive. no new ideas in South Africa either.
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7:32PM on 02/26/2015

He's still not owning up to it......

If he still doesn't understand how a childlike simplistic movie about rich evil people orbiting the poor (and epically righteous) unwashed masses on Earth is a crap premise that will lead to a crap movie, he doesn't understand what he did wrong.

If he still doesn't understand how a childlike simplistic movie about rich evil people orbiting the poor (and epically righteous) unwashed masses on Earth is a crap premise that will lead to a crap movie, he doesn't understand what he did wrong.

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7:23PM on 02/26/2015
I really liked Elysium. It wasn't better than District 9, but I don't think it was supposed to be. It just needed to be different and it was. I hope to see a long line of films from him with some I'll like better than others (Tarantino's career comes to mind) but I like how unique his career has been so far and I look forward to much more. Onward to Alien5!
I really liked Elysium. It wasn't better than District 9, but I don't think it was supposed to be. It just needed to be different and it was. I hope to see a long line of films from him with some I'll like better than others (Tarantino's career comes to mind) but I like how unique his career has been so far and I look forward to much more. Onward to Alien5!
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6:37PM on 02/26/2015

Elysium made you want to take a grenade to the face? Was Elysium that bad, or even bad at all?

Films that made me want to take a grenade to the face: Transformers 2 and 3, A Good Day To Die Hard, The Last Airbender, Batman and Robin, The entire Twilight series! Elysium? Come on!
Elysium is a solid and entertaining sci-fi action flick. If Elysium sold me on something it was Blomkamp's vision and the levels he's willing to go to in the wake of District 9's success. I saw Elysium as Blomkamp heading into the same realm of sci-fi as Ridley Scott sci-fi. Wasn't great, but very promising.
Films that made me want to take a grenade to the face: Transformers 2 and 3, A Good Day To Die Hard, The Last Airbender, Batman and Robin, The entire Twilight series! Elysium? Come on!
Elysium is a solid and entertaining sci-fi action flick. If Elysium sold me on something it was Blomkamp's vision and the levels he's willing to go to in the wake of District 9's success. I saw Elysium as Blomkamp heading into the same realm of sci-fi as Ridley Scott sci-fi. Wasn't great, but very promising.
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7:22PM on 02/26/2015
Yes, Elysium was that bad. It's reviews were mediocre, it lost a buttload of money, and only the hardcore Blomkamp fans seemed to really enjoy it. The worst part was he took 2 really good actors (Foster & Charlto) and 1 mediocre actor (Damon) and got three really bad performances. Some critics said Elysium was the worst of Foster's career.

I saw it after another film so didn't have to pay to get in and STILL felt like I'd gotten screwed out of 2 1/2 hours of my life.
Yes, Elysium was that bad. It's reviews were mediocre, it lost a buttload of money, and only the hardcore Blomkamp fans seemed to really enjoy it. The worst part was he took 2 really good actors (Foster & Charlto) and 1 mediocre actor (Damon) and got three really bad performances. Some critics said Elysium was the worst of Foster's career.

I saw it after another film so didn't have to pay to get in and STILL felt like I'd gotten screwed out of 2 1/2 hours of my life.
7:48PM on 02/26/2015
@Trav I'm also confused. I liked Elysium. Wasn't great. But I was entertained for the most part.
@Trav I'm also confused. I liked Elysium. Wasn't great. But I was entertained for the most part.
4:28PM on 02/27/2015
@Trav, this is the exact same thing as I was thinking, but I decided to read each comment before I did.

And Des, man there's just so much logical ammo available to knock your arguments as usual. I'm prolly feeding you here, but just on the quality of Elysium, this is a website for film nerds. Film nerds come here. And us even bigger nerds post comments ( and comment on comments). If you go read all these comments, there's a significant amount of people who are of the little
@Trav, this is the exact same thing as I was thinking, but I decided to read each comment before I did.

And Des, man there's just so much logical ammo available to knock your arguments as usual. I'm prolly feeding you here, but just on the quality of Elysium, this is a website for film nerds. Film nerds come here. And us even bigger nerds post comments ( and comment on comments). If you go read all these comments, there's a significant amount of people who are of the little disappointed/not as good as D9, or better belief. Then include likes. I'll give you the characters were 1 dimensional, but this isn't near transformers. And you are saying charlto is a better actor than matt damon?
5:57PM on 02/26/2015

So much respect for this guy

Elysium was by no means a terrible movie, it just didn't live up to the hype following a smash hit. I think Chappie will be good and I look forward to his spin on the Alien franchise.
Elysium was by no means a terrible movie, it just didn't live up to the hype following a smash hit. I think Chappie will be good and I look forward to his spin on the Alien franchise.
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5:30PM on 02/26/2015
The movie was a bit dissapointing, but Yea, no explanation necessary.

Looking forward to watching Chappie, adorned in bling, being taught slang and how to fire a gun at a 90 degree angle, while grabbing his robot crotch.
The movie was a bit dissapointing, but Yea, no explanation necessary.

Looking forward to watching Chappie, adorned in bling, being taught slang and how to fire a gun at a 90 degree angle, while grabbing his robot crotch.
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5:17PM on 02/26/2015

He shouldn't have to explain himself

people bitched that it was left wing propaganda. Listen, he had a story to tell, he told it. I enjoyed it. It was awesome, it had its issues but it isn't propaganda or left wing liberalism unless you decide to let it influence you. If you make a big stink about it and let it bother you then that is not his fault. It is your fault that you let a make believe movie that has some allegories to the real world bother you. Keep up the slick work Blomkamp!!
people bitched that it was left wing propaganda. Listen, he had a story to tell, he told it. I enjoyed it. It was awesome, it had its issues but it isn't propaganda or left wing liberalism unless you decide to let it influence you. If you make a big stink about it and let it bother you then that is not his fault. It is your fault that you let a make believe movie that has some allegories to the real world bother you. Keep up the slick work Blomkamp!!
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5:21PM on 02/26/2015
Well said sir!
Well said sir!
6:20PM on 02/26/2015
People always bitch about "liberal propaganda" even if it's not there. The "typical Hollywood liberals" whining never stops.
People always bitch about "liberal propaganda" even if it's not there. The "typical Hollywood liberals" whining never stops.
7:28PM on 02/26/2015
So when Leftist film critics said it was "over the top preaching about Socialism," that was some kind of Right-wing conspiracy?

It was a movie about evil rich people with magic healing devices keeping them from the poor, and the solution was simply to have the poor illegally come (by the billions) to the space station for free health care.

Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to not get his point?
So when Leftist film critics said it was "over the top preaching about Socialism," that was some kind of Right-wing conspiracy?

It was a movie about evil rich people with magic healing devices keeping them from the poor, and the solution was simply to have the poor illegally come (by the billions) to the space station for free health care.

Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to not get his point?
7:57PM on 02/26/2015
Hilarious.

It's not the fault of left wing propaganda that it sucks.

Rather, it's the fault of people who don't lap up left wing propaganda, even though it sucks.

Keep telling yourself that. Maybe someday it'll be true.
Hilarious.

It's not the fault of left wing propaganda that it sucks.

Rather, it's the fault of people who don't lap up left wing propaganda, even though it sucks.

Keep telling yourself that. Maybe someday it'll be true.
8:01PM on 02/26/2015
it doesn't matter if its right wing or left wing. I don't let politics play a role in how I live my life and how I make my decisions. I went to see a sci fi movie that had YES rich people not giving a shit about the poor. Yes it happens in real life. Did I care? No! Did I enjoy the movie. Yes!
it doesn't matter if its right wing or left wing. I don't let politics play a role in how I live my life and how I make my decisions. I went to see a sci fi movie that had YES rich people not giving a shit about the poor. Yes it happens in real life. Did I care? No! Did I enjoy the movie. Yes!
8:07PM on 02/26/2015
You missed the point, ConMan. He had one dimensional good guys and one dimensional bad guys. The reason they were both one dimensional was because he was trying harder to tell his ideological story than tell an entertaining one.

If you like a movie because it has one dimensional characters and pretty explosions (cough ..... Transformers ..... cough), that's your business. But that's why people didn't enjoy it.
You missed the point, ConMan. He had one dimensional good guys and one dimensional bad guys. The reason they were both one dimensional was because he was trying harder to tell his ideological story than tell an entertaining one.

If you like a movie because it has one dimensional characters and pretty explosions (cough ..... Transformers ..... cough), that's your business. But that's why people didn't enjoy it.
8:31PM on 02/26/2015
if you saw ALL the characters as one dimensional then that is your problem. If you saw Matt Damon or Sharlto Copley as one dimensional, then you failed to even pay attention to the movie. That is your business. Yes some were one [link] Fichtner, Jodie Foster etc. but not everyone was.
if you saw ALL the characters as one dimensional then that is your problem. If you saw Matt Damon or Sharlto Copley as one dimensional, then you failed to even pay attention to the movie. That is your business. Yes some were one [link] Fichtner, Jodie Foster etc. but not everyone was.
9:22PM on 02/26/2015
LOL....you didn't think Copley was one-dimensional? He was a mentally unbalanced sociopath! The first review I saw for the film pointed out how idiotic it was to imagine some rich bureaucrat hiring a serial killer with a penchant for blowing things up to be her go to guy for security.

Claiming Damon's performance was layered is just embarrassing. You should stop now.
LOL....you didn't think Copley was one-dimensional? He was a mentally unbalanced sociopath! The first review I saw for the film pointed out how idiotic it was to imagine some rich bureaucrat hiring a serial killer with a penchant for blowing things up to be her go to guy for security.

Claiming Damon's performance was layered is just embarrassing. You should stop now.
9:24PM on 02/26/2015
BTW, regarding your first comment, "It isn't propaganda or left wing liberalism unless you decide to let it influence you".....

You might want to read the definition of the word "propaganda."
BTW, regarding your first comment, "It isn't propaganda or left wing liberalism unless you decide to let it influence you".....

You might want to read the definition of the word "propaganda."
10:21PM on 02/26/2015
"information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view."

people complained because of the left wing political point of view of rich vs poor and how the movie portrayed it as an analogy of our contemporary times. :) Hope you enjoyed the lesson.
"information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view."

people complained because of the left wing political point of view of rich vs poor and how the movie portrayed it as an analogy of our contemporary times. :) Hope you enjoyed the lesson.
11:28PM on 02/26/2015
Uhm....what?! The qualifying factor for propaganda isn't whether or not the audience decides to let it influence them. Reefer Madness was a propaganda film. No one would say, "it's not propaganda unless you decide to let it influence you." I do not see how, even after giving the definition of propaganda, you cannot admit that Elysium had a little propaganda in it. "Information of a biased nature." OK, Elysium had some of that. "Used to publicize a particular cause or point of view." Elysium
Uhm....what?! The qualifying factor for propaganda isn't whether or not the audience decides to let it influence them. Reefer Madness was a propaganda film. No one would say, "it's not propaganda unless you decide to let it influence you." I do not see how, even after giving the definition of propaganda, you cannot admit that Elysium had a little propaganda in it. "Information of a biased nature." OK, Elysium had some of that. "Used to publicize a particular cause or point of view." Elysium definitely had that. So...what exactly is your argument that it is not propaganda?
5:16PM on 02/26/2015
While I don't think that Elysium was so terrible that Blomkamp needs to make apologies for it, I respect the fact that he owns up to it's shortcomings. District 9 was such a mind blowing movie at the time that no matter what project he made next it just wouldn't live up. Major props to the guy for owning up to his mistakes though. That's the only way to grow as an artist. Can't wait for Chappie next week and I eagerly await his Alien film.
While I don't think that Elysium was so terrible that Blomkamp needs to make apologies for it, I respect the fact that he owns up to it's shortcomings. District 9 was such a mind blowing movie at the time that no matter what project he made next it just wouldn't live up. Major props to the guy for owning up to his mistakes though. That's the only way to grow as an artist. Can't wait for Chappie next week and I eagerly await his Alien film.
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