Tasman Leader : August 22nd 2013
10 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 22, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT 10th to 31st August SALE 30% to 50% OFF SELECTED ITEMS 10% OFF EVERYTHING ELSE IN STORE QUALITY COMFORT FOOTWEAR 49 Commercial St, Takaka 257 Hardy Street, Nelson mariposa RETAIL COLOUR THERAPY www.mariposaclothing.co.nz 37 Commercial St, Takaka 263 Hardy Street, Nelson R R Re e ea a ad d de e errrs s sh h hiiip p p 5556269AA Christine Cook Christine Cook 'A trusted name in Real Estate' 544 8778 Licensee Salespeople (RRAA 2008) MOVIE REVIEW On the move: Matt Damon's Max is in a race against time in Elysium. A great look, but pity about the story Matt Lawrey's MOVIE REVIEW BOTTOM LINE: Looks awesome but doesn't make much sense. 1G2 (out of five) Also screening: The Way Way Back (M) Thoroughly entertaining coming-of-age comedy- drama. If there is one place on the planet that I have mixed emotions about, it's the USA. I've never been a big fan of their foreign policy, their gun control policy or their energy policy, and the fast food, instant gratification culture that American companies have so successfully exported leaves me cold. Yet, at the same time, I remain a big fan of Americans. Most of the Americans I have met are friendly, confident, optimistic, polite, articulate, fun and warm people. I've known some absolutely classic Americans over the years and my life has been richer for it. Two Americans I'd really like to get to know are Barak Obama and Matt Damon. Obama because, as leader of the free world, no one else has a better view of history unfolding, and Damon because he's a huge movie star who comes across as an entertaining, smart and down-to-earth guy. Call me crazy but I can actually imagine the three of us drinking beers, eating pizza and getting on like a house on fire. If we did get together, though, I might have to get Obama and Damon to shake hands and make up before I shouted the first round of drinks. Two of the US's best-known liberals, Obama and Damon had a bit of a falling-out a few years ago. The actor campaigned on behalf of the president in 2008 but by 2011 was feeling disenchanted. Being interviewed while promoting The Adjustment Bureau, Damon expressed disappointment with Obama's performance, accusing him of misinterpreting this mandate'' and doubling down'' on failed policies of the Bush era. A few days later Obama responded. Speaking at a packed dinner and with a big smile on his face he said: Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my perform- ance. Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau so right back at ya buddy.'' Damon's latest film, Elysium (R16), is the second feature from the writer and director of District 9, Neill Blomkamp. Like a lot of films to come out of Hollywood this year it is set in a tragic future. The earth is a depleted wreck and everyone is dirt-poor. Everyone, that is, except for the rich who live on a massive space station orbiting the Earth known as Elysium where no-one is ever sick thanks to amazing medical beds that scan bodies and fix anything wrong with them. Damon plays Max, a former crook trying to go straight, who, after being exposed to a lethal dose of radiation, will do anything to get to Elysium and get himself healed. Jodie Foster plays Elysium's hard- as-nails Secretary of Defence, and District 9 star Sharlto Copley plays a killer for hire doing Elysium's dirty work. It's not hard to see why a thoughtful guy like Damon was drawn to Elysium. The film raises questions about class, access to healthcare and where mainstream economic policy might be taking us. It also looks like a billion bucks and features strong perfor- mances by both the leading man and Copley. The problem is the story and the script. Blomkamp is clearly a smart guy but Elysium's characters are underwritten, its screenplay is muddled and the film features too many things that don't make sense. In fact, I'm guessing a few people will leave the cinema not entirely sure what the climax was all about. Fans of Foster may also be disappointed. Her character's motivations are all over the show and bizarrely it appears some of her scenes were re- dubbed. As a result, her voice and mouth movements are frequently out of sync which, in a film this big, with this much talent on board, is weird, to say the least.
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