Sunday, 8 September 2013

Preaching to the converted

Every good film should have a moral. A moral that is subtle and one that lets you come to the conclusion yourself is best. Citizen Kane's conclusion is completely organic and not preachy; it is one man's realisation that we can incorporate into our own lives. Disney films are notoriously bad at their moral messages, basically insinuating that as long as you are pretty and rich you will be happy (and they usually do this by changing the moral messages of pre-existing stories, like in Pocahontus and The Little Mermaid).

Neill Blomkamp's Elysium is one of those films with a very conscience message behind it; basically, health care should not be politicised and should be available for everyone. It is a very honorable message indeed. Blomkamp has stated that his films are reactions to him moving from the third world country of South Africa to the first world country of Canada, and the massive amount of social differences that divides them.

The problem I have with Elysium is that the message is almost too obvious. You are shown right at the beginning, literally in the first ten minutes, what the message is and the films stance on it. People that maybe feel that healthcare should be brought might make their minds up right at the beginning that they don't agree with this sentiment.

I hope Blomkamp doesn't stop with these kind of moral films that make you question the structure of society, I just fear that he will end up preaching to the converted, when what he really wants to do is change the mind of the people who these films criticise.

Listen to the our review of Elysium on iTunes or via the link below and let us know what you thought of it.


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