(2013) (Matt Damon, Jodie Foster) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi: A mortally injured factory worker of the mid 22nd century tries to get to a luxurious orbiting space station where the rich live and free health care cures all ailments.
- It's the year 2154 and Max (MATT DAMON) is an ex-con who works in a factory assembling robots in the shanty town city of Los Angeles. While the poor, sick and otherwise downtrodden live in squalor like him, the rich and privileged reside on a luxurious space station known as Elysium that orbits earth. There, mansions and swimming pools are commonplace, while the heath care is free and insures that no resident ever grows old or gets sick. That order is maintained by Secretary of Defense Delacourt (JODIE FOSTER) who uses a sleeper agent back on Earth, Kruger (SHARLTO COPLEY), to shoot down any shuttles carrying illegal immigrants headed for Elysium.
That sort of behavior doesn't sit well with President Patel (FARAN TAHIR), but she's gunning for a move up the leadership ladder, what with having an in through John Carlyle (WILLIAM FICHTNER), the CEO of the defense contractor corporation that runs the factory where Max works. Max's friend, Julio (DIEGO LUNA), wants his help stealing cars -- a past behavior that lead Max's childhood friend turned nurse, Frey (ALICE BRAGA), to give up any hope regarding him and his future -- but Max wants to stay out of prison.
Yet, when he's accidentally exposed to lethal doses of radiation at work and given just days to live, Max turns to his former criminal associate, Spider (WAGNER MOURA), with a plea to send him up to Elysium for treatment, something Frey has also dreamed of regarding her terminally ill young daughter, Matilda (EMMA TREMBLAY). Wanting something out of doing so, Spider offers Max a deal. If he can steal important corporate data from Carlyle, Spider will put him on a shuttle for the space station. With time running out, Max -- now equipped with a motorized exoskeleton to give him a fighting chance -- sets out to do just that, but must contend with Delacourt sending in Kruger to make sure that doesn't happen.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those into sci-fi movies or who are fans of any of the cast members might want to see it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong bloody violence and language throughout.
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