Bottom Line: MAD MAX meets WALL-E by way of ROBOCOP. Falling a tad short of his freshman, big screen effort (the phenomenal DISTRICT 9), director Niell Blomkamp still manages to deliver a disturbingly vivid dystopian future where the 1% pristinely thrive and the rest fight just to stay alive… The politically motivated messaging becomes heavy-handed at times – too preachy – but overlook that and you’re down for one heck of a summer, big box office ride! Easily the most visually stunning movie of the year thus far, ELYSIUM is an energetic, riveting, bone-crunching sci-fi action thriller – with Matt Damon expertly providing the films imperative heart and soul. The story is absorbing, the violence is jarring and the special effects are groundbreaking. Slick, brisk and brutal, it’s an out-of-this-world adventure that’s firmly grounded while it reaches deliriously dizzying heights.
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Alice Braga and Sharlto Copley
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp (DISTRICT 9)
Running time: 97 minutes
Story: 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 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 (Matt Damon), 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 (Jodie Foster) 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. -- (C) Sony