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.
Set in LA in 2154 this is actually a science fiction movie that is plausible. The living conditions on earth have become nearly impossible to live in, so the rich and connected politically have built their own city orbiting the earth. Those “illegals” that attempt to get to Elysium are quickly disposed of. Law enforcement is handled by robots and Matt’s character is a worker in the robot factory. He is is injured and has 5 days to get to Elysium to save his life. In the process he frees the world. Special effects are excellent. The 4kUHD is good and you can choose either Dolby ATMOS or DTS for surround sound.