Elysium

[15]

United States 2013, 109 mins
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster

In his follow-up to the hugely successful DISTRICT 9, director Blomkamp again uses his distinguished background in visual effects and a subtly complex narrative to meld edgy sci-fi drama with provocative social comment.

It’s 2154 and Earth’s wealthiest have left our spent planet to live in high-security luxury on a vast space station, the titular ELYSIUM. Desperate to leave our rancid, overpopulated world, Max De Costa (Damon, riveting) finds himself up against the space station’s hardnosed gatekeeper, Secretary Rhodes (an icy Foster), and one of her earthbound agents, Kruger, played with swaggering venality by DISTRICT 9’s Sharlto Copley.

As De Costa battles to reach his goal, he realises that he might also save the lives of millions of impoverished, brutally suppressed fellow earthlings as well as his own family.