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|Contributor||Matt Damon, Wagner Moura, Bill Block, Josh Blacker, Mario Pérez, Simon Kinberg, Diego Luna, Emma Tremblay, Iñaki Goci, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Maxwell Cotton, Jose Cantillo, Sofía Sisniega, Alice Braga, Jodie Foster, Faran Tahir, Brandon Auret, MRC II Distribution Company L.P., Neill Blomkamp See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 50 minutes|
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Matt Damon in Elysium
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium – but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission, one that could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 3.77 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : 28144283
- Director : Neill Blomkamp
- Media Format : Subtitled, Dubbed
- Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Release date : December 17, 2013
- Actors : Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Producers : Simon Kinberg, Neill Blomkamp, Bill Block
- Language : Unqualified (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B008JFUN6E
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Poor peoples suffer on Earth. No fairs!
Poors go to Fancy Space Station and Take Things. Make Earth Good Again! No More Problems!
The cartoonishly simple liberal propaganda narrative of healthcare for all of the world is not realistic for Elysium either. Elysium's defense force (Jodie Foster) though supposedly the villain, was just defending the prosperity that the "Elysites" accomplished. It's very likely that Elysium has, get this...LIMITED resources. In fact, that's nearly a universality; that you can't spread around resources without diminishing returns. Say what you will about the films corporation using the earthlings to construct the robots, but spreading around Elysiums prosperity from a fraction of people to the global population won't get you Elysium like conditions for everyone, it will get you the destruction of Elysium and all the high achievement therein. The entire film is the endorsement of societal theft by a handful of desperate criminals. Just NO.Alice Braga gets 5 stars though ;)
Max (Matt Damon) grows up a poor orphan in Los Angeles. He gets radiation poisoning at work that gives him a terminal case of cancer. With his last days he decides to work for a local rebel named Spider (Wagner Moura) who has been trying for years to get people to Elysium, and kidnap a rich industrialist named John Carlyle (William Fichtner) that owns the company Max works for. With Carlyle they hope to gain access to Elysium. After this crime the head of Elysium Delacourt (Jodie Foster) sends a group of mercenaries led by Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to find Max. The goal of Max and Spider in gaining access to Elysium is to get into its medical machines and cure themselves and the poor of the Earth. Thus, it sets up the divide between the haves and have nots using health care as a sign of that divide.
The movie was beautifully filmed with Earth always having a foggy tone to it symbolizing the waste and filth the planet is covered in while Elysium is bright and shiny representing the life there. There are great effects like the robots that police the Earth and Elysium.
Most importantly the desperation of the people of Earth to get to Elysium and its medical machines is made real. For example, Spider gets one ship to Elysium at the start of the movie and only one mother gets her daughter to a machine but it fixes all of her fractures before she’s caught and deported.
Director Neill Blomkamp had played with some of these issues before in his initial release District 9 that dealt with a group of aliens that came to South Africa and were put into a huge refugee camp/ghetto. In Elysium he took his ideas to a new level in this fantastic film.
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Max (Matt Damon) has to get to Elysium following an industrial accident which leads to him agreeing to work with a group of people-smugglers which begins a roller-coaster ride of action, shoot-outs and confrontation with those who run Elysium.
It's an imaginatively designed film full of special effects, CGI and set-piece scenes; the plot is convoluted but clear-cut along an obvious social struggle, with Kruger (Sharlto Copley) as Elysium`s psychotic agent and Max`s nemesis.
Unlike some reviewers I wasn't in the least troubled by Jodie Foster's performance – but you can judge that aspect for yourself.
This is a pretty good film taken on it's own terms - it's engaging, entertaining and visually impressive.
The DVD release presents a good clear digital transfer of the movie in 16x9 ratio with the subtitles as listed in the product description above.
There are two short “making of “documentaries included as extras.
Great movie, I enjoyed it, especially when one bad guys face gets exploded! 10/10