Synopsis: Earth has become polluted and the rich have decamped to a space station where they enjoy a nice, long, illness free life. There are those on earth who want to bring about a bit of equality.
Stan's thoughts: Director Neill Blomkamp burst on the film scene with his low-budget, gritty and atmospheric sci-fi film District 9 and Elysium is what he does when he is given a wedge of cash. This does have the Hollywood gloss with headliners like Matt Damon and Jodie Foster taking the lead but there is still a distinctive grittiness and other than the Hollywood celebs there is a great international cast including the terrifying Sharlto Copley.
This is a solid and entertaining enough film but suffers because I just find Matt Damon a bit cold and emotionless to watch and it only really works if you care about him. All the more interesting characters are on the periphery and while I love watching Jodie Foster play a hard-faced bitch, can't help thinking I've seen it before.Ratings
- Stan's: 59%
- IMDB: 70%
- Metascore: 61%
- Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
- RT audience rating: 66%