Elysium is a futuristic movie about a man-made space station. In the year 2154, there are two classes of people that exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, polluted and dirty Earth. Elysium is a giant satellite orbiting Earth, a paradise complete with clean air and artificial atmosphere. It has everything money can buy and it is home to families who can afford it.
People of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime, overpopulation and poverty, and have access the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium. People in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle.
Max is the only man with the chance brings equality to these worlds; he is an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. Max is a reformed petty criminal. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt and her hard-line forces. If he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
The movie deals with a contemporary issues; immigration and healthcare. People migrate to seek better opportunities and in some countries healthcare is only for the privileged few.
The special effects and production design are impeccable and seamlessly integrated into the film. The Elysium environment looks very real. The close-up fights looks very real and convincing. The fights are short not unlike in many movies where the fights goes on forever.
The story and script is well written, it is both emotionally engaging and thought provoking. The only negative with Elysium is the length of the movie that the story is crammed in 109 minutes. It had a great story to tell, they could have added more minutes.
It stars Matt Damon as Max, Jodi Foster as Secretary Delacourt, Diego Luna as Julio, Sharlto Copley as Kruger and Alice Braga as Frey. Directed by Neil Blomkamp.