Sharlto Copley – as Kruger
Alice Braga as Frey
Jodie Foster – an Official – Secretary Delacourt
I’ve been ‘treated’ to see this movie, Elysium. I’ve read a couple of reviews about the movie afterwards, to see if others agree with what I thought about it. Firstly, this type of movie is really not my cuppa tea, but I’ve decided to enjoy the evening, despite the type of movie. I prefer movies that’s about reality, or reality mixed with adventure or some action – only some action– and I love any cowboy-type of movies or westerns. When I left school, I was into action/thrillers/and Jackie Chan-type of movies. I still enjoy Jackie Chan from time to time. What I really don’t like, is fighting scenes one after the other or brutality and in Elysium, you get too much of the fighting at one stage – for too long. I get bored and I don’t like the fighting, it’s not nice. I switch off and want the ‘show to move on’, though I like the idea of Blomkamp, to have a world where everything is ‘beautiful’ or ‘perfect’. Also, Jodie Foster didn’t have much of a role in this movie, I was a bit disappointed, as she is a great actress. I enjoyed most of the movie, but I felt at points the viewer is not really sure what is happening and you guess a little bit. I love the few Afrikaans and South African English slang in the movie – ‘Ouk, It’s lekka man, you’ll dig it!’ – and smiled big time when Copley sang ‘Jan Pierewiet’. The South African flag on his ship immediately caught my eye and also the Gemsbok painted on the front left! I will definitely recommend this movie, but don’t expect it to be a 9 or a 10. Here’s some good reviews to read: Click HERE to read some reviews on ‘Rottentomatoes‘. You can also watch some clips of the actors and what they say about the movie on this link. Edit: This movie is also classified as a ‘thriller’, which I disagree. I’ve seen a couple of thrillers and this was nothing like a thriller to me. I would say it’s more an ‘action’ film, rather than a ‘thriller’. About Blomkamp and the movie I would like to say this: As he is only 32, I think this movie is actually a brilliant movie for a director of his age. If this is what he produces at the age of 32, then I can only predict ‘big time movies‘ from him over the next 10 years – and more.