DAY 4: Best Film
Set in a dystopic future of 2154, split between the poverty-stricken dying Earth and heavenly bourgeois Elysium, this was the most thought-provoking of the few films I watched this year. Matt Damon does his normal action thing but also poses some important questions of humanity’s instinct to survive, who has the right to decide who survives, and inferences at the problems of economic and ethnic apartheid.
After being exposed to a killer amount of radiation (an accident completely avoidable if the supervisor wasn’t such a tool), Max (Matt Damon) decides to flick his middle finger up at the authorities above and embarks on a kamikaze mission to override the technology on Elysium to allow all the people left on Earth to enter this paradise which is devoid of poverty, illness and hardship. The humanity of this film is endearing, and it is as brilliant as one would expect from District 9‘s Neill Blomkamp, yet one has to question how much the message of the film (segregation is bad, greed is bad, sort yourselves out capitalists) is obscured by the explosions and effects. At its core, Elysium is a thought-provoking dystopian film, the film I considered the best that I saw this year, but unfortunately the action elements obscured some of the greater picture.