Elysium (2013) is an American thriller science fiction action movie that takes place on earth and space. Director and writer Neill Blomkamp (District 9 (2009), Alive in Joburg, Tetra Vaal) did an awesome job exploring the movies theme - overpopulation, health care immigration, exploitation, class problems and the justice systems. Elysium contains bad language, violence, suspense, thrills and lots of action scenes. It also contains realistic content that makes me think about the future.
Elysium takes place in 2154 where a small number of people lives on a luxurious planet in space call Elysium, and the rest lives on Earth, that is overpopulated. Robots control the people on Earth while the people on Elysium live a wonderful free life. The Elysium residents have medical devices, Med-Bays that can cure any disease/injury. The Med-Bays can reverse the residents aging, and it can also give the residents new bodies and faces. Max Da Costa (Matt Damon - Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Departed (2006), Good Will Hunting (1997)) is a parolee that lives in Los Angeles and works the assembly line for Armadyne Corp. Max is a former car thief and the company he now works for supplies robots that serve as police officers on Earth and also supplies Elysian weaponry.
Max has only five days to live after he was accidentally poisoned with a deadly dose of radiation. He asks a smuggler named Spider (Wagner Moura - Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010), Elite Squad (2007), Paraíso Tropical (2007)) to help him get to Elysium because the only way for him to survive is by using Elysium’s device Med-Bay. Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster - Panic Room (2002), Inside Man (2006), The Silence of the Lambs (1991)) in Elysium ordered agent, Kruger (Sharlto Copley - Maleficent (2014), The A-Team (2010), District 9 (2009)), to shoot down the shuttle of illegal immigrants from Earth. The president of Elysium, Patel (Faran Tahir - Escape Plan (2013), Star Trek (2009), Iron Man (2008)) was mad at her and told Kruger to abort the plan and dismissed him.
Delacourt disagreed with President Patel’s orders and retaliated by vowing to protect Elysium and her own power. Delacourt made a deal with John Carlyle (William Fichtner - Black Hawk Down (2001), The Lone Ranger (2013), Armageddon (1998)) who is the Armadyne CEO. She wants a program that can give her the Presidency by overriding Elysium’s computer core. Spider’s doctors surgically attach a powered exoskeleton to Max so that he can steal financial information from Carlyle to provide to Spider
The movie is really interesting, you will have to watch it to know how it ends and see all the juicy fights. Elysium is definitely a movie that I will watch again with friends and family and would recommend to anyone. It is an epic action movie. The acting was great; cast was exceptional, setting was awesome and everything was basically on point.
About Elysium (2013)
Starring: Dalias Blake, Michael Shanks, Ona Grauer, Catherine Lough Haggquist, William Fichtner, Sharlto Copley, Brandon Auret, Carly Pope, Alice Braga, Chris Shields, Terry Chen, Faran Tahir, Julian Christopher, Matt Damon, Kendall Cross, Mike Mitchell, Alejandro Rae, Hugo Steele, Fraser Aitcheson, Jodie Foster, Mike Carpenter, Adrian Holmes, Lloyd Adams, Jackson Berlin, Claire Smithies, Talisa Soto, Emma Tremblay, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Claude Duhamel, Diego Luna
Director: Neill Blomkamp
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