I agree. And this article is the first time I've ever read anyone describe Elysium as an "inventive depiction of extraterrestrial warfare" - it was awful, followed by the equally awful Chappie.
Was about to say exactly the same thing, & saw your comment. I think some of this article is highly disingenuous. There's absolutely no mention of the budget or wages. This part sticks out:
NFS: Did you encounter any struggles trying to get people to ‘buy in’ to the film and trust you, as such a young director? If so, what did you do to counter that and gain people’s trust?
Laurie Shephard: I think it was the passion. We were roping people in, but people wanted to be part it.
Quinn Shephard: And also when we got Chris [Messina]. We had him in mind for years and I'd written him basically a love letter convincing him why he was the only actor we wanted to play the role. And I think he said yes as a combination of really loving the script and liking a short film that I had sent him, but he was also probably charmed by how insane the task was that we were trying to accomplish.
This makes it sound like everyone did it for free. With that gear? And really, are we to believe the actor only did it because she wrote him a "love letter" & he liked one of her short films & he was charmed by the insanity of the task? Really? It wasn't the salary she offered for 7 days work?