No, seriously, check out the first poster for Damon and “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp’s latest, the sci-fi-as-allegory flick “Elysium”. See, it’s not really about sci-fi, it’s today’s social issues transplanted into the future where it can be dealt with in the framework of fiction. Get it? Get it?
Anyhoo. I like that Matt Damon’s character in the movie apparently has a small portable TV attached to the back of his bald head. That would be awesome if Damon was taking the subway and the guy behind him can request like CNN or something. Totally rad, man. The future rocks! The trailer, by the by, arrives tomorrow, so look forward to that, look forward to that’ers.
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. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance 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 – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
The film co-stars Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Michael Shanks, Diego Luna, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Faran Tahir, Carly Pope, Talisa Soto, Ona Grauer, and Terry Chen.
The future is here this August 9, 2013.
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