Elysium, The Other Jesus Story

So I saw Elysium on the big screen. I could have waited, I suppose, but marketing got the best of me. And of course, the large ring in space to us Halo fans is so irresistible.

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The first 5 minutes just felt like the Healtcare debates on CNN made into a movie. Maybe if those debates were more like the movies, people would pay more attention. Ok, so I get it. Poor families who can’t afford health care, other than tourniquets and mud, trying to cure their loved ones of something drastic as cancer, or a life threatening disease.

It felt like another movie segregating the poor from the rich, and constantly reminding us of the “poor”. In the movies, we love it when we see a less fortunate person achieve the ultimate treatment. In the movies, all poor people are people who are well intended, but can’t afford the lifestyle of the rich and famous, and somehow believe they deserve it.

Yes, I came from a welfare family making more now on my own than most average households. I fought for that. I went to college. I “wasted” 2 years of my life to get myself a degree. I spent countless hours in front of a computer screen learning “the ways of the force”. I got better. I got good. I got so good that companies are willing to bend over backwards to hire me.

In reality, poor people are poor because they really do chose to be. Not all. But most, yes. I grew up in those neighborhoods on the west side of Cleveland. I grew up with people that had lost all hope, and because of that, they never amounted to anything. When telling them that they need to pick themselves up, move to a better place, they didn’t want to sever ties with their communities. Well then, stay there, and shut up! I don’t want to hear how you’re so unfortunate. You caused it, and are still causing it.

Back to the movie. Towards the end, of course, Jesus, uh, I mean, Max (Matt Damon’s character) gives up his life to save millions of unfortunate people who just couldn’t save enough money to buy a ticket to the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

One thing I do agree with is that if there is an overabundance of a service, especially when we talk about health, definitely help the less fortunate, but the only thing that’s going to do is cure some smoker of his lung cancer so he can continue to smoke.

Back to the movie, again. Of course they had to add drama, and conflict, so one woman decides that she wants to rule the world, or, the tiny world of Elysium, by using military force. Because of dependencies of underground contractors, all Hell breaks loose and, well, you have a movie.

It just felt like a whole bunch of world problems were shoved into this movie. Religion, class warfare, civil unrest, civil disobedience, health care, military control, etc… I would have probably been more entertained watching CNN. No, seriously.