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Friday, January 17, 2014

Ultra-mini-review: Elysium

Watched Elysium, which takes place in 2154 on Earth (where a huge impoverished population lives) and Elysium (a Palm Springs-like space station to which the wealthy have decamped). It's moderately interesting and moderately entertaining, which given that it comes from the maker of District 9, means it's quite disappointing. The story needs some subtleties, some tradeoffs, some hard choices. Instead, it's the kind of story where the right thing to do is obvious if only the rich people (whom we never really meet) would do it, and the world's problems can be solved with, literally, the press of a button.

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