Monday, August 19, 2013
by Nicole Richards-Sharpe aka Ambrosia
Sounds like an alcohol banned in 48 states, a day spa and a prescription drug for migraine headaches with a really cute and mindless cartoon commercial. Instead it is a B-side song on Pearl Jam's "Yield" album. Just joking!
Elysium is a sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster. Set in the year 2159, Elysium is a space station right outside of Earth's atmosphere that serves as a paradisaic home for the elite. The rest of mankind is left to scurry around fighting to survive on a ruined Earth policed by robots programmed to keep the masses in subjection.
Elysium, which curiously resembles the Mercedes Benz logo, becomes a beacon of hope for the disadvantaged as they can see it clearly in the sky. It is the dream of children and a source of agitation for adults.
The title sounded familiar to me so I had to look it up. It turns out that in ancient Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields or Elysium is the underworld, apart from Hades, where the "special dead" eternally reside in peace in natural beauty and splendor. The special dead consist of human relatives of gods and heroes. The concept of Elysium evolved throughout time to include the righteous, hand-picked by the gods.
You can see why this title was chosen. While the film introduces an interesting concept, that is all it felt like to me; an introduction. There was some meat missing. Elysium was enjoyable, don't get me wrong. It just seemed to lack some elements. I was looking forward to seeing more of life on Elysium. The "Elysiumites" appeared Barbie and Ken-like with just as much brain power.
Maybe Elysium was meant to be short and sweet. Maybe it was meant to be a creative conversation starter for immigration issues and elitism vs. natural human rights. All in all, it was an entertaining film that I wish was a bit longer and more detailed. I advise you to go out and see it for yourself. (Mark my words, I see many future fan fiction opportunities)
*Check out the character "Spider", played by actor Wagner Moura. Great!