What’s Wrong with Elysium?

What’s Wrong with Elysium?

And I mean the movie, not the offsite, extraplanetary, high-life consortium featured in the movie.

Matt Damon, wherefore art thou Jason Bourne? Jodie Foster, have you forgotten about Contact? What happened to good old fashioned sci-fi? Think Star Wars, Iron Man, Avatar.

What do the above movies have in common? They’re action, adventure, or sci-fi, but the thread that binds them all – they have heart! We say racehorses have heart. And athletes have heart.  What’s wrong with Elysium? It has no heart.

I mean I like action. I like adventure. I can even take blood and guts if I have to, but I’ve got to have some heart mixed in with my action or I don’t have a reason to get up in the morning, or in this case, to go to the theatre, shell out $20 or $30 bucks, mingle with fellow muggles, eat fake buttered popcorn, and get a much needed escape from reality.

Do you hear me Hollywood? We can even take 50 action and 50 heart, but puh-lease, Elysium was 99% action and 1% heart, and that’s being generous.

So you may be saying, Jackie, you’re no movie reviewer, thank you very much, so what does this have to do with positive mental health? Well, I’ll tell you: anything that interferes with my peace and contentment is not a healthy choice. And all bang-bang, and no heart interferes with my peace and contentment. I go to the movie feeling good; I come home feeling worse. That’s not supposed to happen. I’m supposed to go in good, go home better.  All guts, no love, not healthy. All action, no heart, not worth the price of the fake butter on the popcorn.

Hal David and Burt Bacharach had it right:  “What the world needs now, is love sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of . . .”

C’mon, Neill Blomkamp: Help me out here . . .  give me some love . . .

Sanity now!

One comment

  1. I must say I see a parallel between Elysium and Avatar. They both feature a random white dude saving the (brown/black or really-really-tall) “natives” from the white predators.

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