Technically July 4th is over, but we've decided to keep the party going! Now, when it comes to scifi dripping with biting social commentary, the name at the top of the list goes to South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. While his debut feature DISTRICT 9 tackled humanity, xenophobia, and social segregation; his sophomore effort ELYSIUM (2013) explores political and sociological themes including immigration, overpopulation, health care, worker exploitation, the justice system, and social class issues. Its plot takes place in the year 2154 where the rich and powerful have left Earth to live on Elysium, a gigantic space habitat located in the planet's orbit where technologically is so advanced, there is virtually no disease, body parts can be grown & replaced and the aging process can be reversed. Meanwhile, Earth's citizens face massive poverty and starvation with little technology and medical care. When a paroled former car thief named Max (Matt Damon) receives a lethal dose of radiation working a low end assembly line job on Earth, he attempts to get himself smuggled onto Elysium in order to cure himself in exchange for stealing financial information from the man who designed it. The data turns out to be more important and dangerous than he originally thought, making him a target of Elysian Defense Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and Kruger (Sharlto Copley), a psychopathic ex-soldier enhanced with a powered exoskeleton who serves as her sleeper agent.
This movie is only 5 years old, so its relevancy doesn't need to be overly examined. It may be a little too on-the-nose at some parts, but its message and parables are sound and are examined in an entertaining, yet slightly derivative, way.....#Elysium #NeillBlomkamp #MattDamon #JodieFoster #AliceBraga #SharltoCopley #DiegoLuna #WilliamFichtner #JosePabloCantillo #FaranTahir #Immigration #Overpopulation #HealthCare #WorkerExploitation #JusticeSystem #StanfordTorus #4thOfJuly #IndependenceDay #Happy4thOfJuly #DarkDays #MovieMarathon #4thOfJulyMovieMarathon #TheGeekMansion