I recently managed to get out to see Elysium in the theater. This much-hyped movie garnered high expectations, especially as images from the movie were released and it became clear how much beautiful work had gone into its production. However, once the movie premiered it became clear that the story itself hadn’t gotten as thorough a treatment as the sets and effects, creating a movie with innumerable logic inconsistencies and downright dumb plot points, clearly designed to get the hero from Predetermined Action Point A to Predetermined Action Point B, no matter how contrived that journey might be.
To be sure, Elysium is not the only movie guilty of these transgressions; they are quite common in action-adventure movies of every type. It’s as if a “logic pass” is being bestowed, an unofficial declaration that these momentary lapses in logic and sense are “unimportant” as long as they further the basic narrative (“basic” being defined here as hero fights and wins). But why are movies getting this “logic pass”?