The movie Elysium is impressive in my opinion…
Ok I must mention that it is difficult to impress me with a movie. It´s like if you would show me hundred movie trailers and I say “There is only one movie I could imagine to watch”. It´s a little bit hard to say what I am looking for. But let me try…
What I really dislike is a movie based on a clownish story. But it is subjective. You would not be able to impress me with a movie like Transformers. I played with Transformers toys and I watched the comics when I was 7 years old. When the movie came out, it was utterly out of the question that I would be interested to watch the movie. It´s one of many movies I would sort into the category kitsch or kid’s movie.
Movies can be in my opinion unimaginable. That is not the problem. I still have that imagination. But what I am not looking for, is a movie which is completely unimaginable. If so, then I just look for a fantasy movie or something I would rather call fairy-tale,… but some of them are great, yes.
I rather like stories based on historic events and if not those, then at least the opposite “What would happen if…” story. That´s what I call science fiction. Elysium is such a movie. How would the world or human society look like 150 years later? I love this question and after watching the Elysium Trailer, it was clear that I would be interested to watch the movie. And I did.
Elysium is a dystopian tale as it is about a society that 150 years later changed to the worst. But at the same time there are parallels to our society today. The movie is about two classes of people… the rich and the poor. The rich live on a space station called “Elysium” and the poor live on the overpopulated and tattered earth. While this sounds like science fiction, you maybe noticed the parallel to our todays society.
You maybe see now what kind of movies I like. It can be science fiction but I love it if there are any parallels and if the whole story is not completely unimaginable. That´s what Elysium offers in my opinion. Who knows how the world looks like in 150 years? In my opinion it is imaginable that the world is then a ruined place and that some humans are on a space station. In my opinion it is not pure science fiction. It is imaginable. But don´t let me say too much about the movie’s story. I just can say that I like movies with a portion of social criticism. Elysium did it just great.
I want to talk about the audio and visual aspect of the movie now. The movie is pretty aesthetic but there is like in many movies today, a too big portion of action. The visual effects are great and the whole setting looks impressive. But with less action, the director would have been able to tell us more about the background story of the two societies. Action and visual effects are great but I prefer a much deeper story over any action. However, Elysium just did hit an interesting topic so that the problem is not too big in my opinion. The audio aspects and soundtracks fit to the movie and science fiction universe. For sure there were some logical flaws in the story but it was tolerable anyhow.
I still must say that this is a bombastic movie for all the science fiction fans out there. After watching the movie, I thought it is too sad that this is just a movie and not a series with a dozen of seasons. I would have watched every episode to learn more about this science fiction dystopian universe. It´s too sad that it was now just a 109 minutes long movie. It was a great movie with an interesting story line. But the story concept of the movie was so interesting that 109 minutes are not enough. For such a great idea, a TV series would be a better medium to tell the tale. But as said… anyway a great movie!
So, if you are science fiction fan, then please watch this movie. It is really my suggestion. There might be some problems but it is one great science fiction movie. I wonder about all the critism in the internet. I anyway need to suggest Elysium.