Is it possible that the disparity between rich and poor can become so rampant that the rich could move to outer space in order to maintain their lifestyles: Let’s visit Elysium.
The year is 2154 and the Earth has become so ravaged by over-population and pollution that the rich have decided to make their new homestead outer space. Elysium, the cylindrical outpost that resembles an atom particle, is the outpost where the rich pitch their tent. In Elysium, there is no poverty and there are no health problems ─ technology has a cure for whatever ails you; but on Earth life is hell (the entire planet looks like some kind of slum in India).
Max (Matt Damon) is your typical blue collar worker who gets up everyday to go toil in a factory, where robots that police the planet are manufactured. When Max gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation at work, he decides he must get a ticket to Elysium at any cost. In order for Max to secure a visit to Elysium, he takes on a mission given to him by a group of underground comrades that are seeking to overthrow the outpost. Max has his obstacles cut out for him though; Elysium is protected by Defense secretary Delacourt (Jody Foster), who is one tough cookie when it comes to illegals crossing the border. At her disposal is a rogue agent named Kruger (Sharlto Copely), who is one mean s.o.b. himself.
The story has a sideline about Max’s childhood sweetheart named Frey (Alice Braga), who has a terminally sick daughter, but which really adds little to the plot. Jodie Foster is underused, but bad guy Copely is outstanding. Damon is Damon: your regular guy just trying to make it.
I really don’t care much for all this science fiction mumbo-jumbo, but Elysium does a good job at maintaining a plot, and director Neill Blomkamp shows flashes of his District 9 landscape. Overall, Elysium is a good flick for this type of genre. See it.
My Rating: 3 of 5 Health Care Programs.