Elysium

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Director: Neill Blomkamp
Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Origin: United States
Duration: 110m

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. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max, an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission that could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

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Andy Dickinson said:

A great premise turned into a grunting bore of an action movie. Ruined in chief by a couple of panto-style villains (Foster and Fitchner) putting in turns that Rutger Hauer would have dismissed as too hammy. Not a patch on the director's previous.

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Colin Shanks said:

In the year 2154, Earth's wealthiest citizens live on a man-made paradise space station called Elysium, free of illness, poverty and war, everybody else has to fight for what jobs are available on the overpopulated, overcrowded and pollution ridden Earth that remains below.

When Max De Costa (Matt Damon) suffers an accident that leaves him with less than five days to live, he embarks on a mission to ensure a trip to Elysium. Trying to stop him is Elysium's ruthless government agent Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster) and her secret agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley)

Following on from his huge breakout debut, District 9, director Neill Blomkamp delivers an engrossing and often astonishing sci-fi work. Matt Damon is completely at ease with his role , half Jason Bourne and half Ellen Ripley, while Jodie Foster is clipped and cold, suffering from accent amnesia. As too is Sharlto Copley, who's accent is often lost amongst the score and sound FX.

That aside there is much to enjoy in this familiar, yet refreshing thriller.
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