In a future in which the privileged reside on an Earth-orbiting space station named Elysium and the less fortunate live on the surface of the blighted, overpopulated planet below, one man dares to defy the strict anti-immigration laws that separate the two disparate worlds in order to save all of mankind in this visceral sci-fi action thriller from DISTRICT 9 director Neill Blomkamp. The year is 2154, and the division between social classes has grown wider than ever before. As the rich enjoy a life of luxury and access to cutting-edge medical technology on Elysium, the rest of the human race contend with poverty, crime, and disease on the surface of planet Earth. Meanwhile, hard-line immigration laws ensure that only those who have been explicitly approved will ever set foot on the elusive paradise in the stars. 36-year-old Max (Matt Damon) lives in an L.A. shantytown and earns his living by working on an Armadyne assembly line. He’s had a rough past, but he’s struggling to stay on the right side of the law when he realizes that his only hope for survival after being exposed to deadly radiation is to reach Elysium. Should Max succeed, he will strike a major blow for equality in the eyes of his fellow surface dwellers; should he fail, it will mean certain death. In his quest to become the hero who can restore the balance between the rich and the poor, however, Max must first do battle with Elysium’s hawkish Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster), who has devoted her entire career to maintaining that division, and whose key enforcer Kruger (Sharlto Copley) is notorious for his brutal tactics in driving out illegals. With the fates of millions hanging in the balance, Max sets his sights on Elysium and never looks back. Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, and Faran Tahir co-star.
“[An] absorbing and intelligent bit of futurism.” (Variety)
“[E]xciting and thought-provoking….It’s all accomplished, engaging and goodlooking stuff.” (Total Film)
“With its scorched Earth and brave new world themes, ELYSIUM is decidedly more thought-provoking than most big-studio summer fare.” (USA Today)
4 stars out of 5 — “[ELYSIUM] confirms Blomkamp as one of the potential science-fiction greats of this decade.” (Empire)
“Mr. Damon brings both a weary optimism and convincing physicality to Max….Mr. Damon is surrounded by first-rate supporting actors who have been freed by Mr. Blomkamp from the usual expectations…” (Wall Street Journal)
“[With] breathtaking effects….One of the most entertaining action films of the year.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“Mr. Blomkamp, who made a splash with his 2009 feature debut, DISTRICT 9, has a talent for making the old and familiar seem excitingly new. As he has before, he again uses real locations to suggest the impending worst…” (New York Times)