Synopsis: A hundred or so years into the future, Earth is so vastly over-populated that the wealthy have built and now live on a space station where there is no debt, or disease or crime. Many who still live on Earth aspire to one day get a ticket to live on Elysium. However, one man takes on a job that could unite both habitats once more.
Main Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Faran Tahir
The Hype: From the mind of Neill Blomkamp who brought us the highly successful District 9 comes Elysium. A film set in a similar world, but a very different story. The surprise hit District 9 thrust this South African director into the limelight and this movie has given him an opportunity to work with some big name Hollywood actors.
What I Thought: Personally, I wasn’t too fond of District 9, but I enjoyed this movie much more. The effects were far better with some great camera work during action sequences. The story isn’t an original one (Aeon Flux would be an example of a similar setting), but it’s executed here well with lots of different languages used. Matt Damon was decent in the lead role of Max and Jodie Foster’s cold-hearted Defence Minister portrayal was well-played, although where she was supposed to be from is still a mystery. Some South African accents appear to be all over the place like Foster’s, but its such a harsh accent you would be forgiven for not understanding at least some of it. Sharlto Copley stars once again, this time as a rogue agent sent to kill Max and I think we might see more of him soon in big blockbusters from Hollywood. He is due to appear in the remake of Oldboy next year.
Conclusions: Old story, but well retold. Good action with some nifty effects and excellent tech and weapons throughout the film, giving it a good science fiction seal of approval. Well worth a watch, but don’t expect it to be winning any Oscars next year.