Elysium

Elysium

Neill Blomkamp (2013)

104min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
South African writer/director Neill Blomkamp alerted the world to his talent in 2009 with District 9. He follows up with more of the same, except with star names and thrice the budget, swapping a Johannesburg township for an impoverished Los Angeles barrio in 2154. The super-rich have decamped to a man-made paradise in space, and a gym-pumped Matt Damon is determined to get there after being irradiated in an industrial accident. The tranquil utopia, called Elysium, is the only place where he can get top-tier medical treatment and he uses stolen government data - uploaded to his shaven head - as a bargaining chip. District 9's Sharlto Copley is in vowel-mangling panto mode as the creepy agent assigned to stop him, under orders from Jodie Foster's chillingly malevolent defence secretary. Despite providing an immaculately designed world and carefully mapped narrative, Blomkamp's stirring fable about social inequality is ultimately lost under textbook lock-and-load sci-fi bluster and booming overstatement as Damon, in full-metal armature, transforms into a Nietzschean superman.

Summary

In the future, most of the human race exists in poverty on a ruined Earth, while a wealthy elite live in luxury on an orbiting space station. A man dying of radiation poisoning fights security forces to gain access to the satellite and its medical facilities. Sci-fi thriller from the director of District 9, starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley.

Cast & Crew

Max Matt Damon
Delacourt Jodie Foster
Kruger Sharlto Copley
Frey Alice Braga
Julio Diego Luna
Spider Wagner Moura
John Carlyle William Fichtner
Drake Brandon Auret
Director Neill Blomkamp
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony Pictures ReleasingGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Aug 2013
Drama