Tuesday, 4 March 2014

MPOV: Elysium

In 2154, a minute number of people reside on a luxurious space habitat called Elysium and the vast majority on an overpopulated and devastated Earth. While those on Earth are policed by ruthless robots, Elysium's citizens live in absolute comfort and regularly use medical devices called Med-Bays to cure any disease and injury.
Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), a former car thief and parolee, lives in the ruins of Los Angeles and works at an assembly line for Armadyne Corp, a company which supplies Elysian weaponry as well as the robots which police Earth. After being accidentally lethally poisoned by radiation, Max has only five days to live. Meanwhile, when a caravan of illegal immigrants from Earth attempts to reach Elysium and its Med-Bays, Elysian Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster) orders a sleeper agent, Kruger (Sharlto Copley), to shoot down the shuttles. Elysian President Patel (Faran Tahir) reprimands her and dismisses Kruger from service. Delacourt, vowing to protect Elysium and her own power, bargains with Armadyne CEO John Carlyle (William Fichtner) to create a program that can override Elysium's computer core to give her the Presidency. Carlyle neurally stores the program for transport to Elysium and encrypts it with a lethal denial system.
Max knows his only chance for survival is a Med-Bay and seeks help from a smuggler named Spider (Wagner Moura) and his friend Julio (Diego Luna). Spider agrees to get Max to Elysium if he steals financial information from Carlyle. To assist him, Spider's doctors link a powered exoskeletonto Max. Max, Julio and a team of Spider's men intercept Carlyle's ship, and Max downloads the program to his suit's neural implant, but realises that the encryption makes it unusable. Delacourt secretly deploys Kruger to rescue Carlyle and recover the program. In the ensuing firefight, Carlyle and most of Max's allies are killed, while Max himself is wounded. He heads to the house of his childhood friend Frey (Alice Braga), whose daughter Matilda has leukemia. Frey begs Max to take Matilda to Elysium so that she can be cured, but Max refuses. While Kruger hunts for Max, Delacourt orders an airspace lockdown over Los Angeles to buy enough time to recover Carlyle's program.
The above taken from Wikipedia.
An interesting sci-fi movie, may not be a number 1 but it's good and entertaining. Kept me on my toes at some point albeit a predictable ending. I've not seen Jodie Foster as such character, totally eye-opening though. Really loved the Med-Bay... wished it does exists on Earth now so that many of us will not die of cancer or leukemia or even Aids! Just purely of old age.
Rating: 3/5
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna
Genre: dystopian science fiction action thriller film

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