7. What’s the purpose of radiation in the manufacture of the robot cops?
Seriously, maybe some of you are smarter about the science involved that would cause Max to be lethally irradiated in the factory chamber. Until I hear otherwise, it just seems like a barely thought-through plot device.
8. Why does so much in the year 2154 look like it does in 2013?
Obviously there are some futuristic elements of the film that make sense for a setting that’s 141 years down the road, namely the giant space station housing all the rich people and the very quick and easy space travel vehicles that get us there and back. Also, a few of the weapons as well as the robot police officers. But everything else looks like it does now, including the clothing and much of what we see in and around people’s homes. Of course there’s probably some intentional mixing of now and then to drive it home that we’re watching a movie just as much about now as about then. I also thought maybe some of the antique-ness of Earth is similar to what happened with Cuba after the Revolution, but that doesn’t really make sense. I know the people in the L.A. favelas are poor, but today’s Third World citizens aren’t living like it’s 1872. Well, not in the same way.
9. How does Kruger see the file that Max is downloading via a hardwire from Carlyle’s head?
Key word here is hardwire. It’s not transmitted via wifi, so how can Kruger see the contents as they’re being transmitted on his own computers?
10. What is the point of having the kill option on Carlyle’s file if it doesn’t really protect the file from being stolen?
Max is able to steal the file from Carlyle’s head, but if he uploads it anywhere he dies (another option would be to paralyze him). That’s some nice means of punishment, but it sure doesn’t help secure the file, which can still be stolen and can still be used for the thief’s purposes anyway. It would make more sense for the file to have a way of killing Max when he attempts to steal it. But… plot device. Still, what ever happened to good old-fashioned portable hard drives? As I already pointed out, they’ve still got all the other 2013 tech.
11. How does the healing machine know to give Kruger a full beard?
One of the most amazing moments in the movie is when we learn that Kruger, in spite of having his face blown off, is not actually dead (apparently the blood loss that would come with that wasn’t as much as you think). Not only that, but his face can be entirely reconstructed with the healing medical machines found in any Elysium home. The funny thing is that once it’s finished, Kruger looks pretty much the same way he did before, which means fully bearded. Why would a reconstruction of DNA material give him any beard let alone one of the same exact trim? Is it tapped into some part of the brain that’s like a regularly updated backup file?
12. Now that there’s free healing machine access to all, will everyone on Earth live forever, too?
There’s something to be said for disease, organ failure and mortality in general: population control. The happy ending of the movie is that now everyone is a citizen of Elysium — good luck trying to fit them all on that station — and therefore has access to not only free healthcare but the miracle machines that apparently maintain you live forever. So now Earth will just grow more and more overpopulated faster, the resources and space will be depleted faster and eventually everyone will probably just starve to death. I don’t think the machines cure hunger. Maybe they can start eating each other’s faces and limbs, which can then just be regrown?
Thanks to Rob Hunter for collaborating on some of these questions.
Once again, please add to this list below if you have any further questions about Elysium. We’re pretty sure there’s at least another 12 that could be mentioned.