[Movie Review] Elysium


Director: Neill Blomkamp (District 9)

Writer: Neill Blomkamp (District 9)

Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster (Silence Of the lambs), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Wagner Moura

M.Y: I have a dream. A really big dream.

Terdoh: That what? M.Y Luther?

M.Y: That if it really comes down to a broken and dead planet Earth, and there has got to be some spinning space VGC where the rich people live and there is absolutely no disease, I won’t be on this wretched planet.

Terdoh: I mean, did you see what that machine can do? Sigh. That’s gonna solve a lot of problems mehn

M.Y: So that said, let’s get back to reality that be the Elysium Movie Review

Terdoh: One of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year.

M.Y: In a year crowed with no brainers and flops as well as disappointments, there has got to be a few who stand out.

Terdoh: Out like out…like outer space out and shit.

M.Y: Set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.


The Script


M.Y: Walking into a movie theater with low expectations has its perks.

Terdoh: 2013 has delivered so many disappointments I was totally expecting this movie to also be one of them

M.Y: But then I guess I was disappointed…In a good way that is. For a summer blockbuster kinda movie, it is quite relatable. For a story set well over a century in the future, it describes perfectly well our present day political scenery of the rich getting richer and the poor wobbling in their woes.

Terdoh: Look at you getting all philosophical and everything. You still haven’t said anything about the plot.

M.Y: I am sorry but I watched Honorable Patrick’s interview before writing this review. I loved every minute of the story, I loved the plot. I was probably too drawn in to search for plotholes, but on the surface, I saw none. Neil Blomkamp definitely proves he is the talented new kid on the block who was discovered by Peter Jackson and Elysium is a great follow up to his directorial debut, District 9.

Terdoh: I hated that movie. You can’t change my mind about it. Too many mistakes.

M.Y: I did like Elysium’s bittersweet ending. It’s an ending you expect, but you don’t expect. It’s only right.

Terdoh: Don’t worry. You’ll understand when you see the movie.


The Directing


Terdoh: The directing was top notch. I can’t even hate. The movie was on point in this regard abeg.

M.Y: CGI effects looked amazing. But then you don’t expect it to look like a Vic O video. That stuff is well funded.

Terdoh: One Hundred And Fifteen Million Dollars Yo!

M.Y: That says it all. There were a few goofs here and there, but generally, the directing was very impressive.

Terdoh: For example, throughout the movie, Spider (my favorite character in the movie by the way) walks around with a cane. However, in the final fight scenes, he somehow manages to ditch the cane and get his Usain Bolt on, running through doors and all that shit.

M.Y: Let’s chuck it up to adrenaline pumping through his blood stream?

Terdoh: Maybe he used one of those machines and what not…

M.Y: See us giving excuses for Neill. We must really like this guy.



The Acting


Terdoh: Well, again, it’s not exactly your typical Nollywood (Part 1-7) movie. These are professional actors who’ve been doing well in their careers.

M.Y: You can’t fault the acting. It was brilliant.

Terdoh: I however thought the end was a little too dramatic. Push the damn button my guy was making emotional phone calls. I hope this doesn’t count as a spoiler.

M.Y: Yes it does you idiot.

Terdoh: Anyway, the acting was amazing. And my man Wagna Moura (Spider) did it for me. They tried. Matt Damon did his very best to bring the character to life. You’ll see what I mean when you watch it.

M.Y: Not much for the dialogue though but I will say that everyone did their work professionally.


Our Verdict


M.Y: This movie was great!

Terdoh: However, I will try to lower your expectations as much as possible because I went to the cinema expecting actual crap and I was impressed.

M.Y: So what are you saying?

Terdoh: I’m saying go in there with no hopes, and you just might enjoy the movie. That said, we give the movie a solid Soda and Popcorn.

M.Y: Sigh. You are never going to get this right? Its a Popcorn and a Soda.

Terdoh: But I will like to have a Soda and popcorn not a popcorn and a soda.

M.Y: Yeah, it doesn’t sound right in that order. Okay then, Its a Soda and Popcorn for Elysium. Goodbye wonderful people.