In a future in which the privileged reside on an Earth-orbiting space station named Elysium and the less fortunate live on the surface of the blighted, overpopulated planet below, one man dares to defy the strict anti-immigration laws that separate the two disparate worlds in order to save all of mankind in this visceral sci-fi action thriller from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. The year is 2154, and the division between social classes has grown wider than ever before. As the rich enjoy a life of luxury and access to cutting-edge medical technology on Elysium, the rest of the human race contend with poverty, crime, and disease on the surface of planet Earth. Meanwhile, hard-line immigration laws ensure that only those who have been explicitly approved will ever set foot on the elusive paradise in the stars. 36-year-old Max (Matt Damon) lives in an L.A. shantytown and earns his living by working on an Armadyne assembly line. He's had a rough past, but he's struggling to stay on the right side of the law when he realizes that his only hope for survival after being exposed to deadly radiation is to reach Elysium. Should Max succeed, he will strike a major blow for equality in the eyes of his fellow surface dwellers; should he fail, it will mean certain death. In his quest to become the hero who can restore the balance between the rich and the poor, however, Max must first do battle with Elysium's hawkish Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster), who has devoted her entire career to maintaining that division, and whose key enforcer Kruger (Sharlto Copley) is notorious for his brutal tactics in driving out illegals. With the fates of millions hanging in the balance, Max sets his sights on Elysium and never looks back. Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, and Faran Tahir co-star.~Jason Buchanan
Engineering utopia: creating a society in the sky
Collaboration: crafting the performances in Elysium
I love the way they develop this film and based it on an entirely new premise. The way the rich against the poor was developed and how the poor had to fight back just to get back their human rights! Plenty of action, strategy, brilliant thinking, and love of your fellow people! A must-see and it's only $5.99!
Matt Damon's character Max works in a year-2159 police robot factory on a poverty and strife laden earth under the eyes of the tenth of one percent elite who orbit earth in a massive spinning city where they lay on genetic restoration surgery tables to fully recover from all illness or injury. Jodie Foster's character runs the show up there with cold disregard for the surface dwellers. Max finally figures out that things can change and how... Enjoy believable characters with high tech and high action; just don't ask where the resources came from to build that massive thing in orbit.
Matt Damon's character is a good guy who has done bad in the past in the hope he can get himself to Elysium. Then he has an accident that will be fatal for him so he decides to break the law again so he can cure himself on Elysium. Along the way an old friend with a sick daughter is caught up in the mayhem and he promises to get her cured as well. Good story about a future that dooms most of mankind to fend for themselves and to work and die in poverty. Morality play about right and wrong regardless of your status as a citizen.
Following a retreaded story structure, “Elysium” sticks out as a strong science fiction action film for its impressive visuals, more-so over its ability to tell a captivating story, however, the strong allusions to unbalanced socio-economical classes and unequal distribution of wealth help differentiate it from similar sci-fi flicks. Much like his directorial debut, Neill Blomkamp has no problem weaving his visual concepts with his glimpse into the future of Earth. In this impoverished future, Earth in inhabited by the poor, living in squalor among dumps and with poor healthcare. The rich, however, have fled Earth and are orbiting in an enormous space station paradise called Elysium. Here, there are robots to serve and protect, and healthcare comes in the form of an MRI-looking machine that fixes any illness you may have, be it a fractured bone or even caner.
Matt Damon leads this endeavor as Max Da Costa, a former car thief turned factory worker who suffers a radiation accident within the first act of the film, giving him 5 days to live. Determined to get to Elysium to get medical treatment, he turns to his former boss, Spider (Wagner Moura), huge hacker and black market kingpin, who offers him a way out, attaching a metal harness to his entire body, making him part human, part machine. “Elysium” succeeds wonderfully as a straight up action film, producing some highly entertaining action sequences, especially between Max and Kruger, played by Sharlto Copley of “District 9″ fame, who also wear a metallic harness.
Performance-wise, “Elysium” is somewhat lacking, Damon, Copley, and even Alice Braga as love-interest Frey are all convincing, but Jodie Foster and William Fichtner tend to phone-in their performances, with Foster delivering horridly paced lines and attaching a completely dismal accent. One thing you’ll notice during the credits sequence of the film is that the visual effects are a fraction of the size compared to most big budget science fiction action films nowadays, but “Elysium” has amazingly striking visuals with half the effects crew, which is entirely impressive to say the least. Neill Blomkamp proves wonders with his sophomore endeavor, giving piece of mind to those that questioned whether he could knock it out of the park twice in a row.