Yesterday I went to the movies with a friend to see Elysium. It stars Matt Damon and Jodie foster. I loved this movie and intend to see it again! It takes place in the year 2154. The Earth is over populated and ridiculously polluted. So much so that the elite have moved to an artificial habitat that hovers over the Earth in space and is lush, clean and beautiful. Of course the ''illegal'' masses on Earth are always trying to get there but there space crafts are always shot down and, the movie didn't say this but common sense tells me, their leadership is probably infiltrated by the elite.
So, Matt Damon, an Earth bound illegal who is fresh out of prison and on parole, has an accident at his job where the illegals build the robotic police that keep them controlled and subdued on Earth. He is given five days to live. He hooks into the illegal's resistance movement and reaches the elite's artificial habitat, which is called Elysium, and shakes things up a bit.
Jodie Foster is a bigwig on Elysium who works to keep the illegals on Earth in their place and off Elysium. Foster looked amazing in her business couture and played the heartless female administrator perfectly. Damon, by the way, looked hot and sexy like an ex-con fresh out of prison who had nothing better to do all day but workout!
Elysium is about the eternal struggle between the haves and the have nots. It can also be described as the struggle between consciousness and cluelessness, if one reads deeper into it. I personally do not see this movie as pure entertainment or ''science fiction'', but as a very possible scenario if the masses do not wake-up. We all know that there is an elite class. We all know that the Earth is already over populated, dangerously polluted and that technology is advancing at lighting speed. With all we have now, off Earth habitats and robotic police could easily become science fact! My only problem with the movie is that I think it was set too far into the future!