"ELYSIUM" from TriStar/Media Rights opens Fri., Aug. 9, 2013.
STARRING: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Faran Tahir, Alice Braga and Diego Luna.
DIRECTOR: Neill Blomkamp ("District 9").
In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on Elysium, a high-tech space station governed by President Patel (Tahir) in a utopian setting which includes machines that can administer instant cures to any disease. Everyone else lives on the over-populated, disease-ridden slum Earth has become. Those who maintain Elysium will stop at nothing to keep this utopia secure.
When an industrial accident leaves him with a cancer virus, ex-con Max DeCosta (Damon) has five days to reach Elysium to be cured. This is the story of his effort.
This is Matt Damon at his finest. Damon is one of the best actors in the world and this kind of material is what he does best. The original Bourne trilogy is offered as proof of that statement in a microcosm of his work. He was the romantic lead, the hero, the anti-hero, the victim and the observer all rolled into one complex character. Damon is unafraid to tackle any role and devote himself to it until he has mastered it and this is no exception.
Add Jodie Foster to the mix and you've got a great film. This is the Jodie Foster from "Contact" mixed with the Jodie Foster from "Silence of the Lambs" and twisted into the best and worst of both characters. She offers yet another stellar performance.
Ignore the comparisons between this film and Blomkamp's "District 9". They're different movies with different stories and different actors. Blomkamp is not trying to redo the same film over and over like other directors. He's actually trying to move on and expand his universe beyond what he's already accomplished. This film must be judged on its own merits as if it was his first and only film. Be able to separate the two and you'll enjoy this one even more.