Set in the year 2154, Earth is in ruins and populated with the poor. The rich created a man-made space station called Elysium to separate themselves from the poor. On Elysium, they have everything including the technology to heal any sickness. One man is given the opportunity to bring both worlds together once more.
Elysium is the latest science fiction film from District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp. This was my anticipated movie of the year and it definitely lived up to my expectations. It was not as strong as District 9 but still a fantastic film. Neill Blomkamp brilliantly designed a ruined Earth and a gorgeous space station. The visual effects were extraordinary and looked photo-realistic. It is one of the most visually stunning films I have seen in quite some time. Blomkamp also made use of some great practical effects. I think my only gripe with this film is that it looked a little to similar to District 9, especially the slums of Los Angeles, the cars and the space transports. But that can be easily forgiven.
Matt Damon plays Max, an underpriveledged man living in Los Angeles and after a freak accident at work, he is doing whatever is possible to get to Elysium for healing. Jodie Foster is a Security Ambassador, Delacourt, on Elysium making sure immigrants aren’t entering into it. Sharlto Copley (District 9, A-Team) is a mercenary named Kruger located on Earth that works for Delacourt. All three of them did a great job in their roles but Copley stood out as Kruger. Copley has a lot of talent and has already played many diverse roles. It was fascinating seeing him as the bad guy in a film and I hope to see more of that at some point.
The cinematography and the score complemented each other very well. There were a plethora of gorgeous shots and there was a great contrast of colors between Earth and Elysium. First time movie composer, Ryan Amon, created an electronic score to match the machines in this universe. It sounded similar to Inception but I didn’t really have a problem with that.
Overall, I thought Elysium is a great popcorn flick for the summer. It won’t go down as a cinematic achievement like District 9 but it is still a very enjoyable film. Neill Blomkamp has shown that he has the skills as a writer and a director. I am glad he wants to create his own original work rather than making a franchise film for a studio. Elysium is a visually beautiful film that definitely should be seen in theater.