I thought it was somewhat disappointing, because it was close to being good, but missed the mark. But I’d rather see a movie be ambitious and fail, rather than try to be mediocre and succeed. I enjoyed watching it, but I hope Blomkamp learns from the mistakes of Elysium and his next movie is better.
That’s what bothered me too. I was listening to the NPR Pop Culture podcast where they talked about Elysium, and they pointed out that technology has a trickle down effect. That the lower class will find ways to get their hands on older and cheaper versions of the things that the rich people use. This was true in Elysium for weapons, space travel, and communication technology, but not for the medical pods. It would have been better if they had some medical pods on Earth, but they were either ineffective or not plentiful enough or something like that. Or if it had been explained why they were deliberately kept off Earth for some reason. Having exposition to explain that might have been awkward, but it was also distracting why it wasn’t explained.
Also, the Elysium ship was beautiful, but I would have liked it to be a little more explained. That would have been easy enough to fix, there could have been a newly rich couple going through orientation where it’s explained what they get on Elysium, what protection they have from Earth, what the benefits are of citizenship or how they get revoked. Are there any long-term plans? Will there be room for all the rich people on Elysium in 100 years? Especially considering that they probably live longer than before with the medical pods. Are children of citizens automatically citizens of Elysium as well?
The ending seemed kinda stupid to me too. Now that everyone on Earth is a citizen, they can all use the medical pods, and everything is happy? How many pods are being sent down? Unless they send down several hundred thousand, it will take a while for everyone to be able to use them. Also, there must have been a reason that Elysium kept the pods restricted before, are they just going to go along with this? Once a bunch of poor Earth natives come up to Elysium to live the giant houses and swim off the fancy beaches, I’m guessing the Elysium natives would find a way to keep the classes distinct again. It felt weird to have a happy ending, because I can easily envision a sequel where things are even worse for the people of Earth.
With all my nitpicking, I probably sound like I dislike it more than I actually do. I actually did like Elysium, but it’s not as good as the movie I had anticipated based on the commercials and it being from the director of District 9. I thought Matt Damon was pretty good, and I thought Sharlto Copley was great. It looked great too.