Plot – In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarised worlds – Elysium.
Director – Neill Blomkamp
Released – 2013
Neill Blomkamp made a strong debut with District 9, a smartly written sci-fi take on race relations in South Africa. Setting anticipation high for his follow-up film, Elysium. Once again taking us to a dystopian future where society and civilisation are struggling to survive and the class divide has gotten worse, with rich and powerful leaving the planet to reside on an orbiting space station called Elysium, while the poor remain behind to work in the factories and provide the wealth for those above.
The film doesn’t have the same level of social commentary and interesting developments as Blomkamp’s previous efforts, instead making great use of exciting action sequences and strong visual effects to keep the viewer entertained.
The film also benefits from unpredictable writing that along with solid performances helps create some memorable characters, especially that of the rogue Elysium agent played by Copley and Damon’s character Max, a surprisingly complex leading man with an interesting backstory.
The only downside coming in the form of stereotypical villains Delacourt (Foster) and John Carlyle (William Fichtner), both of which felt slightly underdeveloped, and the story suffers because of it.