Elysium USA 2013 – 109min.
A factory worker rebels against an unfair futuristic world order.
In 2159, the poor survive miserably in Earth's overpopulated slum-like mega-cities and a privileged few on Elysium, a perfect oasis in outer space where sickness and danger are no longer an issue. After suffering a terrible accident in the factory he works at on earth, creating robots for the wealthy population of Elysium, one citizen's only hope of survival is to reach the forbidden Promised Land. Striking a deal with a slumlord, he is given a robotic skeleton-like armour and departs for Elysium carrying not only his hope, but that of millions, in the chance at a new life.
Prodigious District 9 director Neil Blomkamp's second film is a thrilling sci-fi entertainment even if it might let the fans down a little. Less original than the South-African's brilliant mockumentary was, Elysium does keep its impressive inventiveness in creating dystopian futures, landscapes and societies. The story is very basic and often a little melodramatic but the violence action and gore are refreshing and exciting, as is, as always, Matt Damon's charisma in strong action roles.