Movie Review – Elysium

Elysium is an action science fiction movie set in the mid-twenty second century, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp who also gave us the movie District 9.

Earth has become a polluted, over-populated mess. Rather than attempting to fix the problem, the Earth’s wealthiest people instead moved to a space station called Elysium. Elysium is the ultimate ‘gated community’ where the rich live in opulence with near-miraculous medical care, a clean environment and pristine homes and gardens.

Elysium is so huge that it’s visible in the daytime sky. And reaching the space station is the daydream of most of Earth’s inhabitants.

The story follows Max, played by Matt Damon, who dreams of getting to the space station someday, until fate changes his priorities from dreams to action.

Elysium is a well-written science fiction movie with a believable plot, plenty of internal consistency and an array of characters from different cultures and background. A few science nitpicks could be made about some things but frankly they’re minor compared with the overall success of the story as a science fiction tale.

The acting is excellent with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura and Sharlto Copley all being extremely believable in the main roles. I barely recognised Sharlto Copley who plays a hard-bitten military character, Kruger, so different from the submissive public servant Wilkus he played in District 9.

Very highly recommended, especially for fans of action SF with a message.

Reviewed by Katrina

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