13/08/2013

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"Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology." - Isaac Asimov

This post isn't about how Elysium fails as a movie, although I could write a loooooot about that too. No, it's about how it fails, specifically, as a science fiction movie. It probably comes not just because I spent 90% of the movie going 'really?!', but a) if you remember my reaction to Star Trek Into Darkness, the mishandling of science fiction lately really is starting to get on my nerves, and b) because, like when often is the case when people who are not interested in science fiction are exposed to science fiction, I heard a lot of good things about Elysium, which not only caused my disappointment, but made me think about how it fails as science fiction specifically.

Reasons 5-to-1 on why this is very bad science fiction, also, spoilers. )

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