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Elysium

Elysium

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My review of Elysium.
My review of Elysium.

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Published by: Patrick McEvoy-Halston on Aug 29, 2013
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Elysium Reviewed by Patrick Hallstein/McEvoy-Halston When Matt Damon's Max encounters the kids who surround him hoping formoney, there's a tiny bit of tension in the moment, like what we've got is a wildlifeencounter between a mature bear and a curious pack of wolves, which should end with maybe one nip or a loud roar, or maybe some mutual entertainment, butcould potentially go horribly wrong. But as soon as Max drops them a bit of money, we understand that in this movie, if you're of the dispossessed kids, areelderly, or a woman, you'll understandably do what you can for a bit to eat, but you're all earnest and good, even if choked down some for being so always scared.Guys can get rangier, but are not more interesting for it: unless of course thatthey'd get a kick out of an exoskeleton being drilled and bolted into you is goingto make you look even uglier and cause you a great deal of pain, is for you a show that they're "complicated." So there really is nothing about the people left behindon this overcrowded, desert planet, that is interesting, and there's not much toour hero: who serves up samples of guesstimated-minimal-necessary shows of the abeyance and cowering and obliging that he has to do, lest he lose the onething that gives him some satisfying edge over everyone else on the planet
hishaving a job
and just seems to add more and more puss-filled wounds to hislarge, fatigued mass, as he goes about the movie. He has sufficient pullingstrength to ensure the narrative moves and so we don't feel permanently caughtin this awful place, and that's really about it.He says he wants to live, and that's why he wants to get to Elysium
to have hisradiated, disintegrating organs, all in a magical moment, repaired. And of coursethis means he'll end up sacrificing his life and
not 
living, even if he can't say, likeRobert Kazinksy's also-ultimately-self-sacrificing Chuck Hansen plausibly does in
 Pacific Rim
, that he rather
enjoys
living his life. But the character who really shows the kind of exhilarating heft that comes from not passively letting a worldturn ill-fortune toward you, is of course evil-agent Kruger, who takes upon histaking over the space-station command with the same persuasive suavity as hisswaggering a three-shooting missile-launcher into launching position, to downthree ships that would have been traumatized a space station as if befelled by aninsect invasion, if he didn't stop them short before arrival.It's not really Jodie Foster's Delacourt, that is. There's something about theseovert mother-types in current movies, that whatever their momentary grandiosity, makes them feel from the start horribly doomed. Like M in
 Skyfall 
and
 
Crystal in
Only God Forgives
, who also looked to possess the acumen topersist and thrive in their positions, they're hit with some kind of woundingaccusation that's set them up for some kind of justified, necessary, coup-de-grace
 by the end of the film. They’ve leveraged themselves in an un
-allowed way soprofoundly, that even if most men still part around them or out of fear pretend tokeep faith with them
only offering up at-best glancing blows so that only 
otherempowered women
might hit them by mid-point with something more solid
anexecutioner has been let loose in the world that's going to get them, even if not

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