Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Review: 'Elysium'

A detailed appraisal of Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium', starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner and Wagner Moura.


Elysium Review

Set in a futuristic sci-fi environment, 'Elysium' is a tale of a hero's journey. It's the story of his motive to survive and how he liberates his brethren.

Cut to year 2159. The world is divided into two sets of people, the haves and the have-nots. The rich and the extremely wealthy live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium while the rest reside in the overtly congested, chaotic, crime-ridden and polluted Earth.

The stories relating to the luxurious lifestyle and state-of-the-art medical facility on Elysium are interesting. It's this paradise where every earthling vies to escape to.

Young Max (Matt Damon), living in an orphanage is once told by a nun, "Everyone has a destiny, a purpose to live". So he promises his girlfriend Frey (Alice Braga) that he would take her to Elysium one day.

But years later, Max, an ex-con, single and separated from Frey is a worker in a factory. Due to an accident, he is exposed to high radiation and now he has only five days to live. The only way he can survive is if he can access Elysium's medical facilities.

With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission. The only way out is by taking the illegal route which is controlled by local crime lord Spider (Wagner Moura).

The deal between the two is that Max kidnaps a leading industrialist and arms supplier John Carlyle (William Fichtner) so that Spider and his buddies can have control over Elysium, and in return Spider would transport Max to Elysium.

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