This one seriously got lost in the drafts… Mike and I watched it a while back. Not a bad overall movie!

Elysium Poster
Elysium Poster

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Stars: Matt DamonJodie Foster, and  Sharlto Copley

Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes

Plot Summary: (from IMdB) In the year 2154, 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 Delacourt, a 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 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.

Rating: On Demand

I’m not the biggest sci-fi fan… in fact, you mention the year 2154 and my eyes start to roll back in my head. That said, this was a pretty cool movie. It is futuristic without seeming too unrealistic – ie. the characters face problems that are reasonable (hello, immigration… modern-day problem with a sci-fi twist). Jodie Foster plays a pretty good evil nemesis… she’s not normally my favorite actress, but I liked her in this role!

Ratings Explanation:

  • Theater: This means the movie is awesome. Go see this movie in the theater – well worth the $100 you’ll spend for a night out to see it on the big screen!
  • On Demand: Since no one actually rents movies anymore, this category has changed to On Demand. This means it’s a great movie, but it is as good at home as it is in the theater and worth seeing a little sooner.
  • TV: This means the movie is ok. Wait for it to show up on HBO and see it for free.
  • Skip It: Movie sucks, don’t waste your time.