Escape to the Movies: Elysium

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Elysium

MovieBob takes us to the near future where the haves and the have nots are seperated by space.

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Skiped over most of the video so I didn't get spoiled on the plot, glad to hear that it's good so now I know to go see it.

When did it get to be August? I'll let you know right after I figure out how it got to be 2013.
Glad this film turned out to be another Neill Blomkamp...

*puts on sunglasses*

...Damon in the rough

We're never gonna get that Battle Angel Alita movie, are we? :'(

Whelp, if I decide to take a brake from giving Tales of Xillia one savage dicking, I might very well catch this. I really like seeing stuff like this in the cinema. Feels like supporting it.

I don't know, I have a hard time buying social justice allegories from wealthy, white Hollywood, especially when the lead looks like the same generic white dudebro as in every other action movie, political message or no. Most of the 99% on the ground are brown, Bob tells me, but god forbid the middle class white american 20 to 30 something straight dude crowd, who as we all know are the only people who ever go to movies, should be expected to identify with someone who wasn't as pale as they are.

Casual Shinji:
We're never gonna get that Battle Angel Alita movie, are we? :'(

God, I wish, right? But no, no we aren't.

I didn't like District 9, I appreciate that it was a fantastic movie but I found it very unpleasant to watch. Hopefully this doesn't happen with Elysium but knowing the style and going from the trailers it will probably be as brutal and unpleasant as I found District 9 to be. Hopefully it'll have a happy ending at least.

Also nobody cares about Bobs terrible book, nobody wants to read about how the reveal of SMB3 compares to 9/11.

If time is moving by too fast for you Bob, I recommend you come back to Texas. Each day here seems to drag on endlessly in the hot summer heat. In fact, It may still be July here. I'll have to check.

I literally could not watch that review because I can't handle the Bawstin accent.

That being said, I have a feeling Bob raved about this like he did about Pacific Rim (which I thought was easily one of the worst movies I've ever had the misfortune to watch). Elysium, while it looks cool, seems more like a video game premise than an actual film one. I'll probably wait to see it when it comes to Redbox or something.

Funny. Bob's cheering this movie on while other reviews I've read are canning it. Time gave it 2+1/2 stars out of 5 and it only gets a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Uh...is this another case where Bob's inner fanboy leaves him giddy and oblivious to problems? You may recall how he said the Captain America might be "the best movie ever". Bob has as much of a track record for going overboard liking certain directors or movies as he does for reflexively hating others (I never listen to Bob when he talks about JJ Abrahm's work, anymore).

Has anyone else seen this movie? If so I'd appreciate your opinion on it.

EDIT: The 47% at Rotten Tomatoes has changed to 67% as more reviewers weighed in their opinions.

When the worst thing you can say about a movie is that there isn't enough movie, that's a good fucking movie right there.

Great review as always. It's good to hear this wasn't the disappointing follow up that I was afraid of.

But did you really have to put something at the start telling us to stick around until the end, just to do the same pitch for your book that you've been doing for the past several weeks? We fucking get it, you wrote a book and you want to promote it. Don't make it seem like a "special announcement" though. /my $0.02

I don't know. I found Pacific Rim to be bland and disappointing. Biggest problem: the second act is the climax of the movie. It makes the final act feel like a slog. That's just bad writing.

I really haven't been interested in this one... can't even be bothered to copy paste the name... because there's clever use of real world allegory and there's one-the-nose bullshit and this looks like it fits in the latter category. Even that aside, I don't find anything in the trailer to be exceptionally cool, like a giant robot smacking a giant monster with a ship. It just doesn't look appealing to me at all for some nebulous reason. I may go see it anyway because of what Bob said about character, but as it stands, the movie I got the most enjoyment from this summer was Lone Ranger. What can I say, the train scene at the end was energetic and fun. If the rest of the movie was like that, it would have been good.

Copper Zen:
Funny. Bob's cheering this movie on while the other reviews I've read were canning it. Time gave it 2+1/2 stars out of 5 and it only gets a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Uh...is this another case where Bob's inner fanboy leaves him giddy and oblivious to problems? You may recall how he said the Captain America might be "the best movie ever". Bob has as much of a track record for going overboard liking certain directors or movies as he does for reflexively hating others (I never listen to Bob when he talks about JJ Abrahm's work, anymore).

Has anyone else seen this movie? If so I'd appreciate your opinion on it.

Sci-fi nerds have an uncanny bias about everything they hold dear, regardless of how unbiased they're supposed to be? You don't say!

I like hearing MovieBob's opinion of what's out right now, but I've seen enough times where he completely massacres films for problems in his own head that I don't consider him a reviewer who agrees with my opinions as much as I used to. And that's really what you want to find in a reviewer, someone whose opinions, priorities and biases match your own.

Jacco:
I literally could not watch that review because I can't handle the Bawstin accent.

I know right? This is normally the kind of thing editors are supposed to catch and tell the person to rerecord.

OT: Glad to hear the movie is good, I shall go see it this weekend!

And kinda sad, the "Special announcement" is really just a "Special advertisement" I am still curious who a WRITTEN lets play is supposed to be targeting, and if there was actually a demand for such things..

Copper Zen:
Funny. Bob's cheering this movie on while other reviews I've read are canning it. Time gave it 2+1/2 stars out of 5 and it only gets a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Uh...is this another case where Bob's inner fanboy leaves him giddy and oblivious to problems? You may recall how he said the Captain America might be "the best movie ever". Bob has as much of a track record for going overboard liking certain directors or movies as he does for reflexively hating others (I never listen to Bob when he talks about JJ Abrahm's work, anymore).

Has anyone else seen this movie? If so I'd appreciate your opinion on it.

Read that last line as if you were questioning its existence :P

I'll check this out if I get time/money, need to watch a good sci-fi movie although I haven't seen Pacific Rim yet either

I'd love to be able to go to the book signing and get my Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary Limited Edition book signed

I just got back from seeing Elysium. The movie is really good. Based on his skill at design, Blomkamp should be at the top of the list if the studios are to make a Deus Ex flick. Hell the only thing Kruger was missing was Adam Jensen's cyber sunglasses. The social commentary is there, but at least to me, Blomkamp doesn't beat you over the head with it.

Speaking of, Kruger was a really good villain! He owned the screen in all of his scenes.

When I first heard about this movie, I'd considered going to see it. However, the more I hear about it, the less I want to, because it sounds like it's going to be Avatar levels of heavy-handed, left-wing preaching about illegal immigration and ecenomic disparity among social classes. God forbid they take it with an even hand and, I dunno, handle both sides fairly with a message like "some say the economic system is unfair and keeps people from making their lives better in order to benefit the privileged few...but others think that you can get ahead and the fact that some don't succeed is just an unfortunate, but unavoidable fact of life and trying to homogenize prosperity is going to be about taking away what some have rightfully earned and giving it to those that haven't earned it."

It's sad that I think I can say without fear of disagreement that we're not likely to see a movie with that kind of message anytime soon. Instead we're going to keep seeing movies where the message is where the only people who are successful and rich are the dishonest and those born into privilege and that successful, wealthy people have no virtues because they're all selfish and cruel.

So bob, support this indy film with it's embracing ideas or you're the scum of the earth? This sounds like an American film for Americans only. Don't you ever get sick of that bob?

I think I'll be checking this movie out this weekend if I'm not working... or if I'm canned (long story short: stuck in a shitty job run by lobotomized chimps. That as detailed as its going to get).

Also, Bob, hearing you mention the arcade you'll be attending for the book signing makes me wish I lived somewhere more interesting. -_-

Jacco:
I literally could not watch that review because I can't handle the Bawstin accent.

Seriously though, when the hell did this development happen? I feel like in the past six months, he's really laying it on thick. On top of that, it's deliberate. Once he gets going on a rant, there's no sign of it, which shows you how preconceived it is.

I loved District 9 and have been looking forward to this since hearing of its existence. Not heard any other reviews, not heard what the general reaction to it is (apart from Copper Zen's note above) and am chuffed Bob liked it. Good chance I'll love this too.

Malisteen:

Casual Shinji:
We're never gonna get that Battle Angel Alita movie, are we? :'(

God, I wish, right? But no, no we aren't.

Well, seeing as this movie is almost a carbon copy of it, but with Matt Damon instead of a spunky robot girl, it's just that much more disheartening.

District 9 was good but it didn't sit right with me, maybe this'll be better.

Casual Shinji:
We're never gonna get that Battle Angel Alita movie, are we? :'(

Were there talks of one? Because I am wondering how they would pull that one off!

Copper Zen:
Funny. Bob's cheering this movie on while other reviews I've read are canning it. Time gave it 2+1/2 stars out of 5 and it only gets a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Uh...is this another case where Bob's inner fanboy leaves him giddy and oblivious to problems? You may recall how he said the Captain America might be "the best movie ever". Bob has as much of a track record for going overboard liking certain directors or movies as he does for reflexively hating others (I never listen to Bob when he talks about JJ Abrahm's work, anymore).

I've not seen it yet, but I've got to agree with you regarding MovieBob letting his personal biases make up his mind for him - anything where it's clear he'd already largely made up his mind on the issue, or he's pulling the conclusion from grounds that I don't share (particularly anything to do with comics or Abrams), I ignore his overall review and listen for the specific arguments he occasionally throws in, which usually gives me enough of an idea of what to expect.

Personally, I didn't care much for District 9, I appreciated it was doing things in an unusual way, I just didn't like it. My concern with Elysium are whether the allegory is going to be as heavy-handed as it was in the trailers (which it very well may), and whether the plot/characters will consistently hold my interest or whether it'll get lost in breakneck pacing (quite possible). I think I'll wait until I hear more word-of-mouth reviews on this.

Also, at the moment, Elysium actually has 68% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is closer to what I'd expect.

Azurian:

Casual Shinji:
We're never gonna get that Battle Angel Alita movie, are we? :'(

Were there talks of one? Because I am wondering how they would pull that one off!

James Cameron was going to make it.

But then he made Avatar which made a shitzillion dollars, so he decided to make sequels to that instead. Apparently it's still on his radar, but if it does ever get made we probably won't see it before 2020.

I don't mind the accent. I want MovieBob to say gangbustas in that accent each time he likes a movie. That was awesome.
And this movie has a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes not 47%.

Needless to say I loved District 9 and I'll definitely be watching this since I usually agree with MovieBob.

He's supposed to inject his personal opinion into his reviews. That's the very definition of a "critic".

If you don't want to read/hear the reviewers' personal biases, I suggest you stop reading/watching reviews from critics and just make your film-going decisions based on Metacritic/Rotten Tomatoes scores. Then you can have the "objective" numerical ratings you want, spare yourself from "biased" critics, and spare the rest of us from your pointless ranting.

Bob, Weirs beach is pronounced like weird not where.

The way you say it sounds so... wayrd.

August 21st in the UK?... Motherfucker.

Copper Zen:
Funny. Bob's cheering this movie on while other reviews I've read are canning it. Time gave it 2+1/2 stars out of 5 and it only gets a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Uh...is this another case where Bob's inner fanboy leaves him giddy and oblivious to problems? You may recall how he said the Captain America might be "the best movie ever". Bob has as much of a track record for going overboard liking certain directors or movies as he does for reflexively hating others (I never listen to Bob when he talks about JJ Abrahm's work, anymore).

Has anyone else seen this movie? If so I'd appreciate your opinion on it.

Where are you getting your numbers from? Rotten tomatoes has a 67%. It's not great, but it's not 47%. However, that's the critics' opinion, while moviegoers give it 77%. Lately I don't give a rat's ass about the critics' rating on rotten tomatoes because somehow they seem to be more and more disconnected from the common person's tastes and culture. It's like th Oscars, just slightly delayed. They give great scores to these morose, drabby art pieces that fit into the "high cinema" profile while panning other experimental or genre movies.

I hope that this film ain't so fucking preachy as it sounds. The film is as subtile as a jackhammer to the face.

Sounds none to subtle, but then neither was District 9 and it was still a great movie. I'll check it out.

Holy cow, Bob being mesmerized by a liberal wankfest propaganda movie. Let me go get my socks that just blew off.
And as for the aesthetics goes, the movie looks like someone smashed Battle Angel Alita and Vanquish together and then hired someone from MSNBC to write the script.

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