Neill Blomkamp came to the attention of the world after directing District 9. This was a new take on an alien film make the aliens the sub species and using the film to show apatheid. He returns with Elysium which is another science fiction film.
The film is set in Los Angles in 2154 and shows the wealth divide between the poor working classes on earth and the super wealthy who live on the space station Elysium. Max (Matt Damon) is forced to seek medical attention from Elysium when he is exposed to radiation at work and must get to a health pod which can cure anyone of any illness before he dies.
Elysium looks stunning. The way the film is shot, all the frames look breathaking and I think people will definatly compare this film to Avatar due to its increble visual effects. The way the film is presented visually is definatly the films strongest point and despite personally liking scripts and performances better than the way a film looks, this film did blow me away.
Matt Damon is fantastic in the lead role as Max and at times I did not like the character for some of his actions I think he is still a stong lead of the film without being to conventional to a Hollywood leading man. Jodie Foster has a minor role in the film but plays a really cold hearted character and it was really cool to see her in that role. Sharlto Copley returns to collaborate with Blomkamp from District 9. Copley plays the villain of this film and he nails it. He does feel very two dimensional but that makes him more intresting as a villain.
Like I said the film looks increible but I do feel the plot is slightly weak and many of the characters deserved to get a lot more character development. The film is not too long though and I feel that in the time despite not much character development the message of the film is clearly stated to the audience.
As District 9 commented on rascism this film comments on the class system and possibly issues with the american health care system. The film is really intresting and although it is not as good as District 9 it is still a fantastic film.