Matt Damon is Max De Costa, a man who is on a mission to bring equality to the polarized worlds in Elysium. This new sci-fi film is directed by Neill Blomkamp and is set in the year 2154 where the wealthy live on a man-made space station named Elysium. The rest of the people lives in ruined Earth and are left to struggle every day. Max is a former car thief who is now working as a factory worker. He has five days to get to Elysium to get a cure for his cancer virus. Arming himself with a powerful exoskeleton he will brave the challenges that are stopping him just to get to Elysium. Elysium also stars Jodie Foster, Sharlito Copley and Alice Braga. Check out the latest news for Elysium below:
“The Inspiration Behind Elysium
Neill Blomkamp’s idea for his new sci-fi film “Elysium” came to him in 2009 as he completed his first feature, “District 9.” He wanted to explore the haves and have-nots through the realm of science-fiction, but it was still “very loose, unguided and unfocused.”
A few months later, it clicked. Blomkamp was inspired by an image that hung on his wall, of artist Syd Mead’s rendition of the Stanford Torus space station (a proposed space habitat, with its own natural environment and agricultural system).
He thought, “maybe the rich live on that station, and that separation of wealth from the Earth.” It led to a more concrete plan for a film that he developed and wrote for about one year.
Working with a $115 million budget and a cast that includes Sharlto Copley (star of “District 9”), Matt Damon and Jodie Foster,Blomkamp filmed “Elysium” in the second half of 2011 in two locations: Mexico City and his hometown, Vancouver.
n talking with Blomkamp about “Elysium,” he’s eager to share credit with the creative members of his team, including artist TyRuben Ellingson, who designed Copley’s black hawk helicopter, and special-effects artist Cameron Waldbauer, who designed a futuristic Bugatti space shuttle. As with “District 9,” Blomkamp brought in WETA Workshop, which designed and built robots, weapons and hundreds of other props, and Image Engine, which handled the film’s visual effects.
Blomkamp, 33, a “massive squash player” and sports-car enthusiast who is obsessed with branches of science such as transhumanism, talked with the Journal about “Elysium.” This is the second part of our three-part interview, in which he discusses the thematic elements of the film. (Read the first part here.) Warning, there are some spoiler details below.
“Elysium” takes on topics of class, health care, and immigration. What prompted you to address these issues?
I don’t know if “addressing issues” is the right way of putting it, because if you go about things with the mindset where you wake up one morning and go, “I’m going to address this important political issue,” you shouldn’t be making popcorn blockbuster films. You should go make a documentary or get involved in politics or do something else. But I think any artist at some level is going to have political thoughts somehow, or at least observations. If you’re not observing the world around you, in some sense you’re not really an artist because then that means you’re just replicating other people’s stuff or, I don’t even know what you’re doing.”
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Elysium is scheduled to have a wide release on August 9th 2013.
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