I recently got a chance to go see Neill Blomkamp’s new feature “Elysium” starring Matt Damon, and I have to ask. What is it with Mr. Blomkamp and blowing people up into tiny bits? Blomkamp is the Gallagher of human splatter, and as awesome as it is, I feel we all need to hold an intervention.
You know what I do when I’m down? I get my mallet… AND… I…
Now, I’ve read a number of reviews for this film, and my interpretation is a bit varied from the general rallying consensus. I understand the expounding evidence divulging in extreme class segregation, a story about the unruly 99% against the elite 1%. A story concerning poverty, health control, technological dominance, and a whole mess of political jazz I’d like to shove right back into the web of exegetical nonsense. This movie is about one thing, and that is not how the screenwriters believe Los Angeles in 2154 will be comprised solely of a Latin barrio, with a Spanish-only population. Except for Matt Damon.
Well, he speaks Spanish.
The beauty behind this cinematic experience, like so many, is the opportunity allowing us, the viewer, a window of open-ended interpretation. Like most art (i.e. photography, music, whatever Picasso does), people are liable to walk away having been exposed to the same material, though draw insight into or internalize the experience differently.
It’s a fish… right?
Such was my experience while viewing ‘Elysium’. People saw class war and health care as underlying issues. I saw an awesome narrative allegory concerning the technological struggle between Microsoft and Apple, 150 years in the making. Let me explain.
Elysium reflects the standpoint of a clean, organized, utopian civilization. It is free of disease, fresh, immaculate, and exists for an elect aristocracy. It lingers in the sky as an out-of-reach perfection for those who cannot afford it, standing as a symbolic acclaim to sophistication, progressiveness and modernization. Everything is maintained by a pristine edict, of which must be accepted by the civilians of Elysium without complaint. And the entire development looks as if it was designed by Apple — even the people.
Introducing: The iJodie
Apple built its image on being sleek, modern and sophisticated. One of the most famous claims is the inability to contract a virus, and is insanely expensive and overpriced to procure while offering the luxury of a simple, worry-free solution to your technological needs. However, these simple, user-friendly devices are available only to those with the available capital. There are constant upgrades and agreements that necessitate one’s compliance in order to use Apple products, and all the people who use Apple products look as if they were designed by Apple.
Come. Join us.
Now let us take a look at the opposition.
Earth is a filthy wasteland. All of Los Angeles looks like a Brazilian slum, policed by a disciplinary land-force of zero-tolerance cop-bots, and one South African renegade with a very silly accent.
’E always wonted a wof.’ (Need to see the movie to get this one)
Overall though, Earth and it’s children stand for the old. The out-dated, disease-ridden, clunky, abandoned brain-child that was the beginning of an amazing, seemingly far surpassed ideal. However, it exists with less reservation and more freedom to live as humans are instinctively born to live. It can be utilized and manipulated and adhere to more specified needs. The citizens of Earth (primarily the underworld and black market) are capable of manufacturing and utilizing advancements that are (in many ways) equal to Elysium’s, while representing the majority of the human race’s populace. It is this fact that allows Damon to parade around in an exo-suit that looks as if Iron Man got it on with a T-800.
Loooovin’ yoooou, is easy cause you’re beautifuuuuuul…
Microsoft is the original. Even though Microsoft only existed a few years before Apple’s founding, it is still highly regarded as the beginning of the technological age. It would be decades later before Apple would repackage itself as the sleek, modern company it is known as today, leaving Microsoft in the blind eye as the personal computer’s beginnings. Though Microsoft is far from inferior to Apple products, it is highly regarded to be more technical, and not as user-friendly as Apple’s interface and OS. It is also known to be more flexible, and can be constructed to serve more specific needs, and is far more susceptible to viruses.
I know. Plenty of these claims may sound like I’m reaching here. Seeing as how I wrote this article on an Apple computer, I may have taken one step closer to getting a ticket on Elysium. That, or I just paid way too much for a computer. You decide.