March 11, 2014

Elysium (2013)

Matt Damon, Jodie Foster



I loooove me some Jodie Foster. Granted, I didn't follow her childhood career, but I've liked almost all of the movies I've seen where she's a grown-up. (Notable exception: Nell, which has her awkwardly naked throughout much of it.) I think she is an amazing actress and can morph into pretty much any role. Yet...she nearly single-handedly ruined this movie, which is really not easy to do, especially in a sci-fi movie where you have to contend with multiple plot points that leave you wondering.

It wasn't Foster's acting, per se, that was horrible (though that wasn't great either). It was the accent. I know I'm especially sensitive about crappy accents, but this one was so awkward it was almost impossible to listen to. Again, I know it was a sci-fi move, so maybe she was trying to create some kind of futuristic foreign accent? Except that she was the only person in the entire movie with an accent.

I'm Jodie Foster. I'll do whatever I want, even if it makes no sense.

Accent aside, the movie was about as subtle as V for Vendetta but without the creepy masked man with the mustache. It may as well have been paid for by a lobbying group for immigration reform or Obamacare. (Weirdly though, House Republicans aren't spouting off to the media about repealing the release of this movie...) And the whole premise made about as much practical sense as most policies in this country.

In all seriousness, I don't think it would be out of line to say the future citizens of this country would look back on this movie as muy más o menos (since we'll obviously all be speaking Spanish in the future).

Final word: It certainly was not the paradise its name suggested.

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