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I saw the film on release and should've lowered my expectations, to be honest; it's Bloomkamp's second film, so trying to reach the pinnacle heights of District 9 would've been awfully impossible for him to do, and even if he even did, there still would've been drivel criticism.
To address the first point, they didn't particularly “copy” anything from District 9, since it could be Bloomkamp's direction he likes to control for his films, which I absolutely adore. The violence actually settles in the film quite nicely, due to the film's overall themes of how harsh, dire, and downright brutal it is to live in this particular world at that time; maybe WALL-E will suit your needs? Also, to inform you, Sharlto Copley is from South Africa, so the accent you witnessed during the film could truly have been his original accent.
Another thing goes out to the problems of the grenade: I'm somewhat puzzled by that scene; I'm not doctor, so I didn't question it at all since Star Trek Into Darkness had a similar problem towards the end. As for the black tendril scene, I can't comment too much on that since it's been a month since I've seen the film – could have been hinted at earlier what it does?
Jodie Foster's death would've been much more ameliorate if this film possessed a writer supporting Bloomkamp, instead of him soley writing the script – District 9 featured Terri Tatchell (who's actually not too bad looking ) as the main screenwriter where as Bloomkamp took the backseat. Also, to point out, those machines to resurrect people weren't present, I don't believe, and even if so, the nurse (Damon's “love” interest) was sure as hell not going to risk her and her child's life putting some cunt back into that machine when you have sociopathic war criminals scouring all throughout Elysium. The cherry blossom tree used in the background was more of a symbolic/metaphoric use, from my personal perspective, since from what I remember it there was a red center with white around it? Anywho, it more than likely stood for how Elysium (white) represented innocence and purity while the blood (red) being shed by others was what formed Elysium, meaning people died to either get there or to keep this society in-tact.
Oh, please, let me explain the data surge portion of the film, since it's relatively simple, I think; during the first portion of the film, Matt is given the exoskeleton, which is connected to the back of his brain. The reason I bring this up is because when during the middle half of the fim, when the “heist” occurs, Matt is supposed to put any intel the guy had in into the skeleton, but to be more precise, his brain. Later in the film, when Matt and Spider realize what has to happen in order to give Matt's “love” interest's daughter normality, he has to connect his brain to the program which would have to shut down Elysium completely – essentially override the entire system then bring it back with entirely new coding and software. If that doesn't make sense to you, basically, Matt's brain had the data and in order to transfer the data, he would practically have all his brain fried, etc. to have the overriding process completed.
The reason critics probably didn't care too much for the flaws of the film was due to Bloomkamp's inexperience with developing a proper script on his own and holds the film with the beautiful visual effects presented. Also, don't listen to Rotten Tomatoes – their site is riddled with pompous critics or spout bullshit across the board.
From my personal opinion, I think I would've loved Elysium if I went in with a different mindset instead of expecting a rehash of District 9, essentially. The film boasts gorgeous visual effects that pleasure the eye as well as questioning problems that we face in our current modern day world. I found the different languages spoken on Elysium and Earth to be very intrigueing and interesting due to how French is spoken for the higher class individuals where as Spanish is a lower class language, per se, but that requires me to list reasons for those languages that you wouldn't even read anyway.
I actually wouldn't mind seeing Elysium again, especially in an IMAX theater to properly enjoy it. It's a film that I'm going to be more than happy to purchase on Blu-ray to enjoy with great sound and flawless visuals.
Pain & Gain was actually very entertaining with some great performances from Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Some of the events that occurred in the film were drivel, and Mark's character was irritating a good parts of the time with me finding it difficult to try to find a real motivation as to why Mark wanted to even perform these crimes? Oh well….