So, I was not sure what to use for the tag line. I couldn’t really pull a proper quote from either movie that would fit with both. Yes, I have two reviews instead of one.
The first being what I mentioned last week, Gasland II. This was a really well done sequel to the first Gasland. It works sort of like a follow-up and puts out even more information. The interviews are very well done. No scene is milked nor are people forced into emotion. Everything is very genuine and this is important information that needs to get out to the general masses. Whether or not people will watch or listen? I am not so sure. My own state, New Jersey, had a ban on fracking. You read right, we had. Our governor, is thinking about forgoing any ban in the future and having this same thing done here. The huge amounts of money pouring into the misinformation campaign for fracking make movies like Gasland II important. I will not give it a grade, but I will tell you to go see it, then show your friends and family. Profit is not more important than your health.
The second thing I watched was Elysium. I was very unsure about seeing this movie. It had gotten a lot of confusing reviews, some of which enjoyed it, but others hated it. In the end, I thought well, I do really like Matt Damon, both as an actor and as a person, so let me support this movie. Honestly, I was a bit let down, but on the whole I really enjoyed the movie. The visuals were amazing. The very first pan in shot to Elysium actually dropped my jaw. One thing that did bother me was Jodie Foster’s acting. I have enjoyed her in quite a few movies so maybe it was some odd direction she was given, but her acting in this was just not good. In some scenes it was actually off-putting. It was actually my main disappointment with Elysium. I have not seen many people comment on Jodie Foster. Maybe I will do a search after I post this to see if I stand alone.
Still, I have not seen an adult Science Fiction movie in a long time. You forget that it can be serious, and not stupid or hokey. The first bit of gore did catch me off guard, but the story is not as bad as people make it out to be, and there is an important, and topical message in there. Elysium seems to have hit a bit too close to home with some people and it made them uncomfortable. The right thing should be done to help all of these people, and then when you pull back, you realize how our own society does the exact same thing. The reviews I read seemed to be either saying the message was too obvious, or that they didn’t like the message. I suppose this could have been put a bit more nonchalantly but were people really expecting subdued? Did everyone complaining see District 9? I own it. When Blomkamp has a message he wants to deliver, he delivers it, right in your face. I hope that people will just be honest about why you do not like something. Stop hiding behind pseudo disappointment. This was exactly like one of his previous movies just the message was changed; delivery still the same. I give Elysium a B-. Go see it if you are a Sci-Fi fan and support the genre. We need more movies like Elysium. We need movies that do not sugar coat things and do not have a perfect, happy story.
I am sorry if I came off a bit partisan. I try to be objective, but this week just pulled me a bit more to one side than I normally would allow. Next week should be a bit lighter, I think. We will see! Have a great weekend.