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Even The DIRECTOR Said He *beep* Up The Movie!


I respect his honesty and I absolutely agree with him.

Even if some of the fans try to paint this film with a golden brush it is clearly not up to snuff and he knows it.

"I *beep* It Up" Neill Blomkamp Says.

"I feel like ultimately the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring filled with rich people hovering above the impoverished Earth is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly. But I just think the script wasn’t… I just didn’t make a good enough film is ultimately what it is. I feel like I executed all of the stuff that could be executed, like costume and set design and special effects very well. But ultimately it was all resting on a somewhat not totally formed skeletal system, so the script just wasn’t there…"

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/i-f-cked-it-up-neill-blomkamp-s ays-he-wants-to-go-back-to-elysium-and-do-it-correctly-20150226


If there was any lingering doubt that Elysium was a mediocre film from a very talented director I hope this clears that up.


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i agree too, could have been better

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He is being honest. If you think that is "crying like a prick", I feel very sorry for you, you must have some major issues.

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I agree with him. The movie was fine, but it could have been so much more.

Visually it was a solid movie. The performances were adequate, for the most part.

You had your main plotline, which was that Damon was dying and he needed to get to Elysium. That's all well and good.


Where it all fell apart, was in the details and secondary characters. The "good guys" behaved a lot of the time like bad guys. The "bad guys" motivation for being bad was never really fleshed out. Why wouldn't they share their medical resources? Was there a finate number of times that they could be used?

The movie made sense at the basic level, but when you started to pick away at it's layers, it all fell apart.


Anyways, it wasn't a terrible movie... it just could have been a lot better if more attention would have been paid to the details/secondary characters and plotlines.

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"The movie made sense at the basic level, but when you started to pick away at it's layers, it all fell apart."

Keep in mind that it's not an average movie because later on we all thought about it and realized that it doesn't hold water; it's an average movie because as you are watching it, you are not feeling anything more than the superficial rush of decent action sequences and a mild mystery.

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Well, at least he has the guts to admit he wrote and directed a steaming pile of crap. Better luck next time, Blomkamp.

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I think he is blaming the script.

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Screenwriters, actors and directors have historically been the worst critics of their own product. Some of the greatest masterpieces of all time are despised by their makers. For example, Marlon Brando thought he was terrible in On The Waterfront and the screenwriter of Anie Hall stated he'd go back and give it a million re-writes. It's part of being an artist, the work is never good enough in their mind no matter how hard they try.

Try again. Something as common as a director not being satisfied with their work doesn't clear anything up.

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Even the director know it's crap, don't try to spin it, fanboy




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Elysium was a mediocre film from a very talented director

from a very bad writer... dude writes Christian Sci-Fi:

District 9 : Father Christ(opher) and his son have to ascend to heavens - a ship in the sky - to get salvation for his kin, fallen into a miserable way of life on Earth

Elysium 9 : Maxican has to ascend to heavens - a ship in the sky - to get salvation for his kin, fallen into a miserable way of life on Earth

These two movies are basically the same Christ story, with random variations.

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There was nothing reliigous at all about D9 or Elusiym. They were both clearly socio-political.

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Lazy, plot-driven script writing. Stereotypical characters with virtually no development and depth. The acting choices from everyone, Foster especially, ranged from hammy to nonsensical. Given the unquestioned talent and experience of the director and cast, it's weird how so much could go so seriously wrong in the making of this film.

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