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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I heard Jodie Foster gives and inexplicably bad performance.
    Sadly, you heard right.

    I wouldn't call it "bad" per se, but it wasn't particularly good.

    Also, after all the bitching about how bad the accents were in "Planet Earth," well, I don't know whether Foster's was supposed to be French or not. The bottom line is that she only hit it about 50% of the time. maybe less.

    Damon and the guy playing Spider were decent enough, and maybe whassername (the pseudo love interest). But even the half-crazy outback/scottish nemesis dude Damon was up against had a far more consistent accent than Foster.

    It was kinda like District 9 Lite. It was better than your average B-rate scifi flick, but it's not really worth a repeat viewing and won't linger very long in the genre. I do like Blomkamp's kind of "TV news/documentary" style filming, though.

    At least there were a few actual laughs in the movie -- the audience tittered appreciatively.
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    All I have to say is, nice Bugatti!




    EDIT: Jodie Foster was in this? I couldn't tell because an epileptic was holding the camera.

    The only other thing I noticed was the dude from District 9 doing his Peter Stormare impression.

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    it sounds stupid...even if those who lived on dystopia earth managed to make it on to the sky settlement...they'd just ruin it, anyway. the world sucks precisely because of people...not because of the money people created. duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü™ View Post
    EDIT: Jodie Foster was in this? I couldn't tell because an epileptic was holding the camera.
    Yeah, that was pretty bad too. It was hard to track much of the action due to all the shakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by xisnotx View Post
    it sounds stupid...even if those who lived on dystopia earth managed to make it on to the sky settlement...they'd just ruin it, anyway. the world sucks precisely because of people...not because of the money people created. duh.
    Civilization would be so much better if we could just get rid of all the people.
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    Well... which is the better Jodie Foster movie, this, or the Beaver?
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    The movie was a nice, light entertainment. I've definitely seen worse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Sadly, you heard right.

    I wouldn't call it "bad" per se, but it wasn't particularly good.
    Agreed. I really like Foster as an actress, but her appearance in this movie almost felt like a cameo just to attract viewers with some big names.

    Also, after all the bitching about how bad the accents were in "Planet Earth," well, I don't know whether Foster's was supposed to be French or not. The bottom line is that she only hit it about 50% of the time. maybe less.

    Damon and the guy playing Spider were decent enough, and maybe whassername (the pseudo love interest). But even the half-crazy outback/scottish nemesis dude Damon was up against had a far more consistent accent than Foster.
    Foster is actually fluent in French, so the French part sounded good to an untrained ear. I just figured that since this is 2154 and the world is what it is, a citizen of Elysium might not supposed to have a consistent accent.

    But it is distracting when, instead of focusing on the movie, you catch yourself wondering about the accents and how Foster's backside could have used a more flattering garment.

    And Sharlto Copley is a native of South Africa, hence the more genuine accent.

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    The South African accent is a weird half dutch/half australian thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantonym View Post
    The movie was a nice, light entertainment. I've definitely seen worse.
    Yes. Typically in this genre, if a movie is "bad," it will be disjointed, non-sensible, kind of glaring logic farts, and totally wooden acting. This didn't really have that, it was just more that it didn't ascend to any sort of height. The story was pretty basic, not really delved into on a personal level, and there were no real surprises. I think Oblivion tried to be more noble in some ways than this movie, which is kind of unexpected.

    Agreed. I really like Foster as an actress, but her appearance in this movie almost felt like a cameo just to attract viewers with some big names.
    Yes, she seemed sort of miscast if you know what I mean -- like she wasn't really comfortable with the part. Have she and William Fichtner acted together since Contact? In that movie, they had more rapport.

    The President is played by the first captain in the opening moments of Star Trek (2009). I leaned over to my friend and said, "Hey, what's Star Fleet doing in this movie?"

    Foster is actually fluent in French, so the French part sounded good to an untrained ear. I just figured that since this is 2154 and the world is what it is, a citizen of Elysium might not supposed to have a consistent accent.
    Well, to my mind is a person's attempt to speak one language while having been born and raised with the phonetics of a different one, so those sounds/phonetics are being used as substitutes for the real ones they cannot emulate. So there should be some consistency there. It wasn't as bad as Planet Earth (which was pretty dreadful), but it definitely seemed like sometimes her accent would be heavy on some words, then on the same sounds in other words it was not. It also felt very forced.

    That of course is being said as an observer and someone who can't speak another language anyway.

    But it is distracting when, instead of focusing on the movie, you catch yourself wondering about the accents and how Foster's backside could have used a more flattering garment.
    it was just odd seeing all the close-ups with the lines visible around her eyes. Jodie Foster is getting old? Say it ain't so!

    And Sharlto Copley is a native of South Africa, hence the more genuine accent.
    Quote Originally Posted by msg_v2 View Post
    The South African accent is a weird half dutch/half australian thing.
    Thanks, it sounded more consistent to me even if I couldn't place what it was.
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    Foster was embarrassingly authoritative. Bitch deserves to be in a silk dress with her boobs hanging out and being emotional. That's it. Keep her in those roles.

    Otherwise I wasn't pleased with the ending. As far as I can tell, everyone on earth becomes a citizen of elysium, flies up to elysium, stinks it up with their filth until it becomes another crappy earth.

    The end.

    I also consider myself part of "the 1%," even though I am broke and have no money. So this movie was kind of insulting to me. I felt like it was pandering to a larger audience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Arendee View Post
    I also consider myself part of "the 1%," even though I am broke and have no money. .
    How does that work?
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