beccaelizabeth (beccaelizabeth) wrote,
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beccaelizabeth

Elysium

Well that was a waste of time.

The science fiction elements didn't make sense, not the physics or the cyberpunk bits, not even internally.

Shoulder mounted rockets to shoot into orbit, to catch up with ships with a wildly inconsistent approach to gravity and thrust, that could only land in the orbital torus because for some reason they decided they didn't need a roof to keep the atmosphere in? The kind of advanced materials that could support the orbital station would make stopping people from smashing windows trivially easy, and still cheap, and yet smashing windows to get in was done repeatedly. Doors unlocked with whatever degree of difficulty was dramatic at the time, and citizen IDs depended on a central database at the climax but on individual 'burnt in' whatsits that 'bond to hour dna' earlier. And as for file security that can kill the person carrying it but not even ask for a fucking password from the person USING it... Johnny Mnemonic made more sense, and that is a low bar.

If the science fiction doesn't work then the emotions don't work because all you're feeling is wtf why doesn't it work easier and or harder than this.

Plus I have no idea what the timescale to orbit usually is, but a tech that can get you to orbit that fast yet has no noticeable acceleration and is perfectly safe for ill people? What?

And cyberpunk exoskeletons are just... why? we have better already. you don't need to plug an exoskeleton in surgically.

Then the ending just... okay, I realise that if profit got taken out of medicine and drugs went everywhere they were needed at cost you could treat a heck of a lot more people in the here now even, and profit is probably sufficient motive for a two tier system, but adding a great deal more than seven billion citizens to a system that looked to be serving *maybe* the population of a large city... you'll save a bunch of people, I'm not knocking that, but you'll swamp the existing system really fast. And I know the rich people on the satellite have all these shiny toys and people kept breaking into their houses to use them, but how did their economy work? Even rich billionaire dude had to worry about his future income, so there's some need to stay rich to keep access to those toys. What economic obligations did the whole planet just get along with their citizenship?

I know, it's a movie, it's just...

I mean clearly treating more people is a win, but the initial problem was overpopulation? Are they saying the resources to support them all exist, just unevenly distributed? Because then the problem was poorly named, the population is fine, capitalism sucks. Or is it in fact overpopulated, and they'll run out of resources whatever they do? Because if all the billions of earth are for some reason living in slums like the ones we saw, adding the resources of the space suburb isn't going to fix it. Drop in the ocean. They clearly should share the meds, but we saw all of three shuttles setting out to heal the planet. It just doesn't work.

Why couldn't they keep it small scale and have the big win be the kid?



Also, why is this story mostly about brown spanish speaking immigrants and yet the lead is white?

I know that one, it just detracts from the sense rather.




The story would have made more sense without most of the science fiction, just have a gated community with better meds.


But the attraction of the story was supposed to be messy and violent spectacle with a bit of space stuff thrown in, so, whatever.


... i fast forwarded through most of the messy violence. it was also inconsistent about tech levels. either the citizen shouldn't have died in the first place or the agent should have before the big fight.



boring and stupid.

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