Elysium (2013) Review


The film takes place on both a ravaged Earth, and a luxurious space habitat (Stanford torus design, one of the proposed NASA designs) called Elysium.[5] The film itself offers deliberate social commentary which explores political and sociological themes such as immigration, overpopulation, transhumanism, health care, worker exploitation, the justice system, and social class issues.
The film was released on August 9, 2013 by TriStar Pictures, in both conventional and IMAX Digital theaters. It was a modest success and received generally positive reviews from critics, even though many considered it a disappointment after Blomkamp's first film District 9. Elysium was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 17, 2013.
In 2154, Earth citizens live in poverty. The rich and powerful live on Elysium, a gigantic space habitat in Earth's orbit. Elysium is technologically advanced, with devices that can cure all diseases, reverse aging, and regenerate body parts. A feud exists between Elysium and Earth, whose residents want Elysian technology to cure their illnesses.
Max Da Costa lives in Los Angeles and works at an assembly line for Armadyne. Run by CEO John Carlyle, who designed Elysium, Armadyne produces Elysium's weaponry and the robots that police Earth.
During an industrial accident, Max is trapped in a kiln and is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. He is rescued and informed that he has five days to live. Carlyle refuses to help him, and Max is only given medication to stop the symptoms until his death. Max and his friend Julio seek help from a human smuggler named Spider to get him to Elysium in order to use a Med-Bay.
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