In 2154, assembly line worker Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) is hurt in an accident and tries to make his way to Elysium, a space colony for the rich and powerful who’ve left the polluted Earth behind them. Director Neill Blomkamp went from District 9 (2009) to this more elaborate Hollywood movie, but they share themes. This is a dystopian tale with a social message, a vision of Earth where the haves are so far ahead of the have-nots that they’ve even left the planet. There’s an attempt to create a touching, emotional background for Damon’s character, but the brutal action and the grand sci-fi design is more engaging.
2013-U.S. 109 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp. Cast: Matt Damon (Max Da Costa), Jodie Foster (Delacourt), Sharlto Copley (C.M. Kruger), Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura… William Fichtner.