Thursday, August 8, 2013

Delve into Elysium with Cast & Crew

Nearly one year ago, no one knew what Elysium was about when the cast and film makers took a small stage on the outskirts of San Diego Comic-Con. The film’s lead actor, Matt Damon, joked “That’s what we want you to say after you’ve seen the movie. I have no idea what that was about!”  Director Neill Blomkamp remarked the overlaying theme reflects the widening gap between the wealthy and poor. Jodie Foster remarked “It's a tough trick to make an intelligent movie with socio-political commentary and have it be primitive and emotional and moving and blow things up at the same time.”

Fandango sheds a little more light on the finer points of the film: In a future in which the privileged reside on an Earth-orbiting space station named Elysium and the less fortunate live on the surface of the blighted, overpopulated planet below, one man dares to defy the strict anti-immigration laws that separate the two disparate worlds in order to save all of mankind in this visceral sci-fi action thriller from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. The year is 2154, and the division between social classes has grown wider than ever before. As the rich enjoy a life of luxury and access to cutting-edge medical technology on Elysium, the rest of the human race contend with poverty, crime, and disease on the surface of planet Earth. Meanwhile, hard-line immigration laws ensure that only those who have been explicitly approved will ever set foot on the elusive paradise in the stars. 36-year-old Max (Matt Damon) lives in an L.A. shantytown and earns his living by working on an Armadyne assembly line. He's had a rough past, but he's struggling to stay on the right side of the law when he realizes that his only hope for survival after being exposed to deadly radiation is to reach Elysium. Should Max succeed, he will strike a major blow for equality in the eyes of his fellow surface dwellers; should he fail, it will mean certain death. In his quest to become the hero who can restore the balance between the rich and the poor, however, Max must first do battle with Elysium's hawkish Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster), who has devoted her entire career to maintaining that division, and whose key enforcer Kruger (Sharlto Copley) is notorious for his brutal tactics in driving out illegals. With the fates of millions hanging in the balance, Max sets his sights on Elysium and never looks back.

With Neill Blomkamp at the wheel, we can be assured of three things; a great deal of imagination, killer scifi visuals and a healthy dose of splatter gore. I’m counting the seconds til opening day!

Elysium opens August 9th, 2013.

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