It’s 2154AD. The rich live in a sprawling space station hovering up above, filled with expansive lakes, lush greenery and massive mansions. There are no wars, no diseases and no poverty in the place they call Elysium.
Everyone else though, live on Earth which basically looks like a hell-hole and that’s where Matt Damon—one of the 99 percent—lives.
It’s been four years since director Neil Blomkamp crashed into our consciousness with his highly original sci-fi actioner ‘District 9’ which smacks of social commentary. He is back with a new sci-fi parable which will be released in August.
‘Elysium’ stars Damon as Max whose ticket to salvation is being an enemy of the rich who sends an army of black ops agents to stop him. The movie also stars Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley.
From the trailer, it seems that Blomkamp piles on the action from the get-go and as with ‘District 9’, ‘Elysium’ looks set to be another genre-defining and a loaded film.
While ‘District 9’ explores Apartheid, ‘Elysium’, which was filmed in 2011 during the Occupy Wall Street movement and somehow parallels it, tackles immigration and social inequality.