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"Elysium" Foretells Fruits of Greed and Imperialism
The 150 years in the future status quo depicts robotic police, no worker safety sweat shops, and earthly inhabitants consumed by desire to illegally land in the atmosphere of the luxury space station where a machine can heal all that ails you.
Max (Matt Damon) has a turbulent, stand up for the underdog philosophy. He grew up in an orphanage with his friend, Frey (Alice Braga), who’s now a nurse. She’s just gotten dumped on too --- her young daughter, Matilda, has terminal leukemia. Hospital officials send her home to die.
“Do you expect us to heal her,” they say, “This isn’t Elysium.”
Bashing robotic styled one-on-one crunching and bruising dominates, but this film qualifies for an overused “awesome” for frightening symbolism and hyperbole.
Worker’s rights have been trampled as the recession took its course. Here, a supervisor orders Max to fix the production line exposing him to lethal rads. It’s easy leap to contemplate the plight of Cold War nuclear workers toiling in classified workplaces absorbing life ending radiation. Here, the hero has a diagnosis --- take these pills and you’ll be dead in five days. Next.
A stern, unfeeling, treacherous Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) equates the prevailing attitude of those born into the lazy, purified air days and nights on the square mile challenged escape from an environmentally ruined Mother Earth.
Directed by Neil Blomkamp (“District Nine”) social justice is mostly forsaken. Damon does little to dispel selfish motivations, but he a cruncher when battling the rogue mercenary Kruger (Shalto Copley). It’s a hard to find pure heroes kind of story, as the character development of bad guys outnumber those downtrodden. The deadly drones, robotic rampages, and life counting as nothing imagery resounds strikingly as a reflection of current political warnings. Hopefully, astute viewers will “wake up” and shout out before further freedom curtailment occurs without whimpering.
Blomkamp’s desolate, parched earthly environment bears strong resemblance to the segregated aliens of his prior film. Ironically, the year this one takes place concurs with that of “Avatar”.
Cinematic history, though, will possibly record “Elysium” as one of the new century’s better warnings of the cut throat self-serving fend for commodities inequalities that threaten to crush all except members of the elite.