This summer has been brutal on big, sci-fi action movies, but Elysium may be the exception. Director Neill Blomkamp, who also made District 9, is probably the most understated blockbuster guy in the movie business. Check out the latest featurette on the technology of this dystopian future earth (is there any other kind).
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 planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
We can't tell you how much we enjoyed Blomkamp's vision for District 9
so, we are pretty excited to see this one.
But we also have to say that another factor in our enjoyment is that Blomkamp is unassuming, and his productions are not overblown and overhyped. They have an earthy, gritty realism to them. He used Weta for the special effects and tech on this film and that's another big plus. I got to say, I think ILM is a little too over the top and predictable sometimes.