Category: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Age Restriction: 16 LV
Well known names: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster , Sharlto Copley, Neill Blomkamp (Director)
Elysium is the latest Neill Blomkamp film and true to his style it a film that leaves you thinking about our society and how we treat others depending on their status. He made his South African stamp with the controversial District 9 that hit our big screens 3 years ago and was so honest that it offended a lot of people, with Elysium he toned it down a bit and gave it more of a Hollywood feel.
The story plays off in 20154 where two classes of people exist. The very wealthy live on a luxurious space station called Elysium and the poor live on the over populated remains of earth. Conditions on earth are horrible, with none of the comfort or proper medical services that the citizens on Elysium are entitled to. They are also taken advantage of with poor working conditions as earth still has all the factories providing Elysium with their technology.
Matt Damon plays a former car thief and parolee who is living in the ruins of Los Angeles working in the factory of the company that built Elysium. An accident at the plant exposes Max to a lethal dose of radiation giving him only days to live and he knows the only way to save his life will be to get to Elysium and into a Med-Bay which can heal him.
Elysium is a film that has Blomkamps’ honesty at the fore front where you are introduced to different cultures as they are. So there are a couple of sub-titles involved as other languages are spoken and the lead actor from District 9 (Sharlto Copley) also stars in this film as ‘Kruger’ who is a professional soldier on earth that executes orders received from Elysium. He and his crew are South African (not the Hollywood type, but truly South African). They speak with Afrikaans slang in between and there is even a scene where he sings ‘Jan Pierewiet’.
Here’s a quick interview where Sharlto chat’s about his character, the role that he played and commented on working with Matt Damon:
The film is not one for sensitive viewers. Like District 9 it has a bit of blood and gore in it as well as swearing especially from the South African soldiers. With that said the action scenes are done very well and even have an artistic feel to them as impressive effects are slowed down for more impact. The acting was faultless with well-known names playing their parts to perfection and fitting into the world that has been created around them.
If you’d like to learn more about this world, go browse through their site and be sure to watch the movie as it was definitely worth it. Here’s the trailer for you to get a glimpse of what this film is about if you haven’t yet seen it: