Rashid Irani's review: Elysium

  • Rashid Irani
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  • Updated: Sep 28, 2013 01:23 IST
  • Elysium is a sci-fi action thriller that deals with political themes.

    Elysium is a sci-fi action thriller that deals with political themes. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster play the lead opposing roles in the film.

  • Damon in action.

    Damon in action.

  • Jodie Foster plays the head of Elysium and Damon's rival.

    Jodie Foster plays the head of Elysium and Damon's rival.

  • Elysium hovers over Earth.

    Elysium hovers over Earth.

  • Earth, as seen from Elysium.

    Earth, as seen from Elysium.

  • Earth, over a century from now.

    Earth, over a century from now.

  • Matt Damon turns into the machine-being.

    Matt Damon turns into the machine-being.

  • A still from Elysium.

    A still from Elysium.

  • Matt Damon showes off some abs.

    Matt Damon showes off some abs.

Elysium
Direction: Neill Blomkamp
Actors: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Rating: *** 1/2

His debut feature, District 9 (2009), was one the more dynamic sci-fi epics in recent years. Embracing a similarly dazzling visual style, Neill Blomkamp envisions another dystopian future in this follow-up fantasy set in 2154 when Earth has become a gigantic ghetto.

Wealthy inhabitants have deserted the planet for the safety of an upscale space station hovering in the sky. Ensconced in their eponymous paradise, they have access to magical medicine machines that heal every ailment from common colds to leukemia.

Meanwhile, the rest of humanity lives in abject squalor. Contact between the denizens of the two worlds is forbidden. After an accident renders him radioactive, our hero (a bald and buff Damon) is determined to journey to Elysium. The plot loses some momentum as it forges ahead and Jodie Foster is underwhelming as the duplicitous defence secretary.

But there’s no denying the bursts of action and eye-popping production design. One hopes Blomkamp’s adaptation of the videogame, “Halo”, will come to fruition soon.

 

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