Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
Written By: Neill Blomkamp
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 37 min.
This is a really flawed film. The world where it’s set just doesn’t make any sense at all. The characters are very one-dimensional with the exception of Max (Matt Damon) and oddly a smaller supporting character, John Carlyle (William Fichtner). The action is just incomprehensible due to the shaky camera work – what’s with the shaky camera anyway? I think it’s either because the director doesn’t really know how to film the action scenes, or he/she thinks they are being artful by putting us in the action. Whatever it is I know one thing for sure – it’s really annoying to watch. I want to see Matt Damon in action, not join him in the fight. Jodie Fosters accent throughout the film is distracting and pointless too.
If you can handle the shaky camera work, you might get something out of the this. The plot has some merit, but you’ll be asked to really work that suspension of disbelief muscle in order to enjoy this film.
Best viewing format:
With all the shaky camera work and quick editing this is a little difficult to watch on a big screen. I say wait and watch this in HD at home.
Best elements for me:
The small-scale technology (shields, guns etc) used by the characters in this film were nicely designed. The robot design and effects were cool too.