That’s right, Neill Blomkamp’s new sci-fi flick, Elysium, get’s an official synopsis and by god does it sound good! Check it out right here!
When Blomkamp’s District 9 hit the cinema’s, I wasn’t caught up in the hype. I didn’t buy that a seemingly indie production (it wasn’t, it had a budget of $30 million) with virtually no recognisable star power (it brought the fantastical Shalto Copely to the world) would turn into a watchable sci-fi movie.
How wrong I was.
As everyone will know, District 9 turned out to be one of the most compelling science fictions of all time, more than quadrupling its budget in box office returns and receiving more favourable critiques than you can shake a stick at.
Now Blomkamp is back, bigger and badder than ever with his upcoming science fiction movie Elysium with more star power (Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, William Fitcher, Shalto Copely and Sci-Fi favourite Michael Shanks), a bigger budget (thought to be at $100 million) and judging by the synopsis released today, using a formula fairly similar to District 9 – a science fiction film enfused political ideas.
So, without further ado, here’s the synopsis:
In the year 2159, 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. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard the government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
What did you think? Too similar to the concepts told in the story of District 9? If so, does that really matter? Do you like the sound of the movie? Will you be watching it? Please let me know what you think about this in the comments section below – I’d love to here from you!
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