Release Date: August 9
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Rating: Not Yet Rated
In a bleak future where people are class-divided by luxurious life on a space station and misery on a dying Earth, an unlikely hero emerges.
What We Know:
By the year 2159, Earth is rendered a polluted, overpopulated mess of a planet that is regularly bombarded by carcinogenic radiation. As a result, those with the means (i.e., "the rich") have abandoned the terrestrial life in favor of a gigantic space station called "Elysium," designed to luxuriously house humanity's fancier, pinky-raising population. Over there, life is good and a pesky bout of radiation exposure is easily eliminated by way of tech reserved for fancy people.
It's certainly of no help to the folks stuck back on Earth, which has become sort of the MySpace of the future. This is especially so for a blue collar worker named Max (Matt Damon), a miserable manual laborer whose co-workers are androids that don't particularly like him. (Residual backlash from Stuck on You?) His luck would only worsen with a work-related incident exposing him to deadly levels of radiation. Rather than giving him superpowers, it has left him with less than a week to live.
Not content to simply lie back and die, Max has decided to defy the law, escaping his quarantine and fighting his way to Elysium for a cure. Of course, the Scrooge McDucks of space aren't having any radiated rabble in their pad and "immigration enforcement" has become a big operation. Headed by a tenacious taskmaster of an official named Secretary Rhodes (Jodi Foster), her cops of caste are hot on Max's trail, exhausting vast amounts of manpower and resources that probably dwarf what it would have cost to simply cure the poor bastard.
Along the way, Max gets modified with cybernetic implants, leveling up his badassery to new futuristic heights. He'll need it, since not only are the government on his tail, but a grungy and menacing merc named Kruger (Sharlto Copley) is also looking to nab our hero. Max's quest to get to the spa in the sky could also lead to a breakdown of class barriers. However, it will be riddled with obstacles...obstacles that will end up in explosions...epic, futuristic explosions.
William Fichtner, Alice Braga, Talisa Soto, Diego Luna, Carly Pope, and Michael Shanks fill the cast.
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