Elysium

 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

Rating: R

 

Reason for the Rating: Strong bloody violence and language throughout.

 

Plot Summary: In 2154, the world has become overpopulated and the wealthy all live on a space station paradise called Elysium. A man takes on a mission that could finally fulfill his dreams of reaching Elysium and heal his dying body

 

PopFam Recommends: This is a film full of action and drama with an engaging plot and very good acting, but likely more suited to adults than teens or children.

 

What would it be like to live in a world of immense riches, where any sickness could be instantly cured? And what would it be like to live in a world that only consisted of slums and poverty? In Elysium these two worlds are set side by side, both with full knowledge of the other existing—but each in almost total isolation. Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) has recalled imagery and emotions that once again deals with poverty and strife while continually entertaining and keeping the viewer guessing.

 

Max (Matt Damon) has always dreamed of getting out of Los Angeles, which has become an overpopulated slum, and getting to the space station Elysium. As a former criminal, Max now strives to leave his old life behind and continue on as a more respectable citizen. But an industrial accident pumps Max full of radiation leaving him only 5 days left to live. Now he is determined to do whatever it takes to get to Elysium where there are sick bays that can instantly cure him. In his desperation, Max goes to Spider (Wagner Moura) and accepts an impossible job. Along the way, Max gets hunted by the ruthless mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley), is reunited with a childhood friend, and must make decisions that could change the entire human race.

 

My favorite part of Elysium was the characters. The actors all played their parts very well to create people who were so believable as real people that I never thought to wonder if a real person would have made the same decisions. The multiple dimensions of the many characters was brought out very well not only through the actors, but also in the way the script was written.

 

Elysium definitely deals with several issues that are prevalent in current social, governmental, and economical situations throughout the world. The main way this is seen is in the division between the rich and the poor. While these themes are scattered all through the movie, it can also be viewed for pure entertainment if you are able to separate it as a whole different entity from current politics.

 

For parents, you should be aware that this movie earns its “R” rating. There are many profanities throughout, and often gory violence. Mature teenagers will be likely be able to handle the content but as always, parents would be wise to watch the movie first before letting children see it.

 

The DVD copy of Elysium includes 2 special features which highlight the creation of the characters and the creation of the Elysium space station. Both offer interesting insights into the moviemaking processes for this film and are worth watching if you enjoy learning more about the creation of whole new worlds.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Would you have made the same decision as Max at the end of the movie? Why or why not?

 

• Do you think a world situation similar to this could ever really happen?

 

• What do you think will happen on Elysium and Earth after the end of the movie?

 

--TN

 

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