Mark Salisbury – Elysium >> The Art of the Film


Author: Mark Salisbury
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Titan Publishing
Genre: Art
ISBN 13:   9781781162477

Rating: ★★★★½ 



Summary:  From Neill Blomkamp, the director of the acclaimed District 9, comes Elysium, an eagerly awaited sci-fi blockbuster starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

All will be revealed in Elysium: The Art of the Film, which will feature a Foreword by Blomkamp, and wealth of stunning production art and photos, including the input of legendary designer Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Tron). 


Review: The odd thing for me about this beautiful book was that I hadn’t seen the movie at the time I read the book.  I kept it sitting on my desk, waiting until I got a chance to see it because I knew there would most likely be spoilers in it.  Finally I couldn’t stand it anymore and had to open the book.  Then the desire to see the movie was stronger than ever, even though yes, there are spoilers! 


First off, the mansions of Elysium, amazing.  There is a depiction on page 126 of this beautiful atrium with glass walls, a waterfall with a gorgeous rainbow running through it and two people sitting looking out on greenery with the city in the distance.  Contrasting against this is an illegal, with a gun, standing in the atrium with a trail of blood behind him.  


It was eerie at times how much the art actually looked just like the photographs.  A pic of Max  crawling from a vehicle compares with the drawing of Max dragging someone out of a vehicle and the talent in the art is obvious. 


Visually, the section depicting the Surgery, the implantation of the data port and the attachment of the Exo-Suit, oh my.  Bloody brains, peeled faces and just wow.  That whole section, gory as it is, is my favorite.  


The weapons, the vehicles, scenes and ideas are all here, alone with forward about the movie’s director and stars (Matt Damon, Jodie Foster , William Fichtner, etc) and the story arc make a great introduction to the art of the film.






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