August 5, 2013
Neill Blomkamp, writer and director of critically acclaimed 'District 9', once again brings us a thought-provoking, sci-fi, fantasy, action film.
'Elysium,' starring Matt Damon, takes place in the year 2154. Earth is polluted, overpopulated and crime-ridden. The rich have long ago abandoned the planet for Elysium, an orbital space station, a 19 minute shuttle ride away.
But those 19 minutes might as well be several light years. The space station is protected by a killer security force, run by Jodie Foster, who will do anything and everything to keep Elysium safe for the wealthy.
Matt Damon plays Max — an ex-con on parole living and working in Los Angeles, which is now a getto. That's right folks, the homes of the "rich and famous" are now a thing of the past ... and I don't think Universal Studios is conducting any more tours in the city of Angels.
Max is just an ordinary guy trying to do the "right thing." He's put his days of stealing cars behind him. Now, his time is spent working at Armadyne, a corporation specializing in defense.
Important to note: The company is run by John Carlyle (the wonderful William Fichtner) a man who cares about 3 things ... Money, money and more money.
Okay, back to Max ... who winds up having an on-the-job accident. He gets a lethal dose of radiation and finds out from a robot ... seriously, a robot ... that he only has five days to live.
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