Elysium – What You Need To Know
Elysium, Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to the breakout hit District 9 hits DVD shelves on Boxing Day and we've prepared this handy guide to help decide whether you want to hand over your hard earned cash and grab this film…
What’s the background?
Blomkamp's District 9 was a box office smash, costing only $30 million, but raking in over $220 million, this time round he's been trusted with a budget way North of $100 million and proved he's worth the punt, with almost $300 million in box office receipts to show for it.
It's sure to be a hit on DVD and Blu-Ray too…
What’s the plot?
We're far into the future, 2154 to be exact and pollution has turned Earth into an overpopulated, run-down, lawless mess. Crime is rife and the whole landscape resembles a festival field on a Monday morning. The wealthy in this society have quite simply left the planet, they now reside on Elysium, a utopia in the sky, and everything is green, manicured and perfect. Unrest is growing though and things are about to get ugly…
Who’s in it?
Matt Damon stars as Matt Da Costa, a former car thief who is out on parole. He lives in the ruins of Los Angeles and works on an assembly line for Armadyne Corp, the military company that supplies arms and weapons to Elysium. While working on the assembly line, he's accidentally exposed to hideous amounts of radiation and must find his way up to Elysium in order to heal himself.
Also starring is Jodie Foster, who plays Defense Secretary Delacourt, the women charged with keeping illegal immigrants off Elysium, by some nasty means indeed. Equally evil is William Fichtner, who plays weapons magnate John Carlyle, and even more hideous is Blomkamp's regular collaborator Sharlto Copley, who portrays Agent C.M. Kruger, a mercenary charged with finding Da Costa and terminating his existence.
As well as this, Alice Braga appears as Frey Santiago, Da Costa's childhood friend, who is just as desperate to get to Elysium to save the life of her terribly ill daughter. Quite a cast…
Does it deliver?
Absolutely. Elysium not only looks incredible, with the lush exteriors of the new, middle-class utopia strikingly contrasted with a ravaged Earth, but carries you along, with a genuinely affecting storyline and some great performances, particularly from Copley, who dominates every frame he's in.
Elysium is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 26.