In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
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I was actually looking forward to seeing this,given the success of District 9 and it's ties to it,plus starring Matt Damon.I was very disappointed in the ALMOST CARTOONISH characters and terribly over the top acting of Jodie Foster and the guy playing Spider being nearly indecipherable at times.Why was the President portrayed as a sidebar consult to Foster's character,and why all the over the top mexican gangs??Couldv'e benefited from muuuuuuuuuuuuuuch smarter writing.
In the lavishly produced sci-fi movie Elisyum the good guys are the criminals and the bad guys are blond, blue-eyed french speaking civilized wealthy people, living in luxury and perpetual youth, on board a kind of floating gated community in orbit. The year is 2159 and the surface of the earth is a giant slum run by criminals, where the majority live in squalor and poverty. In this dystopian future Los Angeles, the high rises have all been taken over by squatters who have built do-it-yourself shacks and sheds even on the highest floors, giving the whole skyline a cluttered, overrun yet forlorn appearance. It cannot be denied however, that the special effects and computer graphic imaging are really quite superb.
The protagonist, whom we are presumably supposed to identify with, played by Matt Damon, is a convicted car thief who is on parole. He works in a droid factory and has an accident because his wicked, mean and nasty boss mercilessly coerces him to go inside a dangerous area, in order to free a jammed door, which sadly winds up with Damon's character getting a full dose of radiation. The evil corporation is always oppressing the worker so. How awful. So now, since he has so little to lose, he helps the leader of the criminals kidnap the CEO of Armadyne, the droid and weapons manufacturer he used to work for, in exchange for a passage to Elysium, where he can get cured.
This story is so contrived and self serving for the ideology it blatantly projects, that it has all of the objectivity and credibility of a paid political announcement, by the communist party. Why don't these movies ever depict socialists and Marxists as the bad guys and individuals struggling for freedom and independence, as the good? Watching these repulsive convicts, one finds it difficult to identify with Matt Damon's character. It is easier to identify with Jodi Foster's character, who wishes to defend Elysium, despite the considerable lengths the writers have gone to, to try to make her seem unsympathetic to the wretched hoards of the great unwashed, who would probably only destroy everything if they could reach Elysium.
Ironically Neil Blomkamp (District 9) has created an unwitting allegory of Los Angeles today, where the privileged celebrities like Matt Damon, prevail in a kind of Elysium called Hollywood, living their lives out in total luxury, while the black youngsters kill each other, in the streets of L.A.'s slums. In real life Matt Damon will take home millions from this movie.
Elysium is a great sci-fi movie. It's a little bit rough and gory, filled with a political message, but still entertaining.
It's set in an almost post-apocalyptic world. And thats not really the correct term. There was no apocalypse that lead to those conditions. It is just a slow decay of the working population and a huge rise in the top levels of society. Things are so segregated that Elysium polices the world without any input from the people of earth. Even then the Elysium police force only does enough to keep the non-citizens (people of earth) in line to protect their own people and investments. You have an almost perfect utopia right up next to a functional dystopian society where all of the downtrodden are reminded daily by a big floating disc in the sky that there is something better that they will never have.