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Bettie's Box Office: Elysium Movie Review

Updated: Friday, August 16 2013, 09:36 AM CDT

Mankind takes urban flight to new heights in Elysium

All the "one-percenters" have left Earth for a beautiful, new satellite called Elysium. It orbits in plain view over the third-world planet that Earth becomes. When poor-guy Max (Matt Damon) is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation, he needs to sneak across the atmospheric border, but to get there, he’ll have to pull off a heist that could change everything. 

The visual effects in Elysium are awesome, but the characters could have been shot in black-and-white (they’re so one-dimensional). Max is the gutsy street kid with the heart of gold. Delacourt (Jodie Foster) is the scheming bureaucrat in charge of border security. John Carlyle (William Fichtner) is the greedy corporate mogul who treats Earth’s human workers as expendable assets. 

The preachy plot doesn’t take any unexpected turns and there's little doubt about how it’s going to end. 

Using the Bettie's Box Office rating system, I’d recommend you put this on your DVD rental list if you’re a Damon or Foster fan, or if you hoped it would be as good as District 9 (same director). 

Elysium is in theaters August 8 and is rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout.

 

Bettie's Box Office: Elysium Movie Review


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