A ‘haves and have-nots’ story, by the guy who made District 9.
And at this point, all I have to do is say one name and you’ll know everything you need to know about this movie:
M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN.
See, you get it. Brilliant first movie is a huge hit, so Hollywood throws money at the guy who made it, and…the second one, budget and big stars (Matt Damon and Jodie Foster) notwithstanding…he’s still trying to step in the same river twice. Unsuccessfully, I might add.
District 9 was a really interesting and thoughtful movie about apartheid with aliens rather than humans of a race that the powers that be dislikes. It was interesting, had good political points to make, made them, and ended. With a lot of explosions and gun battles, which never hurts when you’re trying to make a political point.
And this…he was trying to do the same thing, but trying too hard, and also if you have already said it, why are you repeating yourself? (Are you listening, Mr. Shyamalan? Are you? Really?)
This movie is about rich people in orbit on a luxury ring around earth, while the despised poor stay on a polluted planet without much to recommend their lives, and Matt Damon gets so pissed off at this that he manages to change everything.
Jodie Foster was totally believable as the evil woman running the system, and Damon was very good…but been there, done that, don’t need to see it again.
The special effects are cool, and it’s not AWFUL, just, you know…not so great.