Synopsis Revealed for Director Neill Blomkamp's Elysium
06.15.12 by Ryan
It's been a while since we heard anything about writer-director Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi movie, Elysium, the follow-up to his extraordinary 2009 feature debut, District 9. While set photos have revealed that the movie will star a bald Matt Damon, little has been revealed about the movie's plot outside of Blomkamp describing it as a sci-fi movie with "sociopolitical ideas" inside a "Hollywood action film." Casting notices also informed us that Jodie Foster was going to appear in the movie, but nothing was known about her role.
Thankfully, a synopsis for Elysium has finally been revealed via Collider. The site discovered a ticket for an advance preview that offered a detailed explanation of the movie, which indeed pays off on Blomkamp's promise of action interwoven into a deeper theme, not unlike what he accomplished with District 9.
In the year 2159 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 Rhodes (Foster), a hard line 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 (Damon) 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.
Elysium also stars Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, and Brazilian actors Alice Braga and Wagner Moura. Moura is reportedly playing the movie's villain, though the synopsis also paints Foster's character as the opposition to Damon's protagonist. Sony Pictures will release Elysium on March 1, 2013.