In the dystopian future, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp throws Matt Damon into a chaotic world and Damon involuntarily becomes the possible savior of the world. Blair Stover has more on this blockbuster below.
It’s the year 2154 and the world has turned into one gigantic dump. The gap between rich and poor has become enormous. While 99% of the population lives in the ruins of the past, a percentage of the world lives on an idyllic space station called Elysium, which revolves around the once blue planet. Immigration policies are very strict and the unscrupulous Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster) oversees compliance with a rigid hand. If someone should violate those policies, the mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley) is waiting in the slums to hand down justice.
Max (Matt Damon), is an ex-convict who is now looking to make ends meet in the legality and repressions of Elysium. One day there is an accident and Max receives a lethal dose of radiation. He has only five days to live and the medical care he needs is only available in Elysium. In desperation, Max takes on a dangerous mission: he downloads a cerebral interface with important information. This information, as it turns out, may jeopardize the safety of Elysium. Max doesn’t know it but he just became public enemy number one.
Peter Jackson and native South African Neill Blomkamp (District 9) are back at the helm with another movie that is similar to Blomkamp’s first directorial debut. The film’s social criticism is owed to Blomkamp’s childhood and youth. He lived in Johannesburg until he was 18 and experienced poverty first hand before he immigrated to Canada.
This movie is going to hit every facet of screenplay – action, drama, suspense – you name it. This is a must see movie and is definitely one of the best of the year.