Elysium Review – Worlds Apart


As the population of Earth is growing rapidly, one wonders that is chaos going to ensue. Currently, the elite class of earth’s inhabitants live in secluded gated communities. These gated communities provide amenities for a luxurious living. They are separated by the rest of the damned population who, for all they care about, might be dwelling on another planet.

Director Neill Bloomkamp has set his story in the year 2149. There are two classes of people. One live on a ravaged Earth and the other on a luxurious abode in space known as Elysium. The people on Earth, as shown in the movie, desperately want to go to Elysium. However, getting there is very difficult. One might say that it is nearly impossible. It requires a lot of money that most of Earth’s inhabitants don’t have.

We are introduced to Max, a young kid, who dreams of making it to Elysium one day. After a few minutes we are shown a grown-up Max (Matt Damon) who works at a company by the name of Armadyne that built Elysium. An accident at the factory leaves Max with only five days to survive. Max is desperate to get to Elysium since there are Med-Bays that can cure any illness within a matter of minutes.

Elysium’s Secretary of Defence, Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) is hell-bent on keeping intruders from Earth out of Elysium. She can go to any length for achieving the same and uses a vicious mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to shoot down the shuttles. Max takes the help of Spider (Wagner Moura), a notorious smuggler, to escape from Earth. Spider installs an exoskeleton on Max that will help him in his quest to reach Elysium. Spider in return wants financial codes from Armadyne’s CEO John Carlyle (William Fichtner). The battle between Max along with his allies and Delacourt along with Kruger forms the rest of the story.

The sci-fi theme explored here is interesting. The movie never drags and picks up pace at the right moments. The larger picture of the concept of Elysium in 2149 will keep the viewers intrigued. The acting of Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and the rest of the cast is good. Sci-fi action could have been executed in a better manner. Overall, the interesting subject of Elysium is sure to keep you hooked on.

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