RISE TO THE OCCASION, OR DIE TRYING, US, 109 MIN
A stunning sci-fi action film, Elysium brings a crashing hammer down on the US summer blockbuster season. Though not without its share of flaws, it is clearly the best big-ticket picture of 2013 so far. The year is 2154. The division between haves and have-nots is more pronounced than ever. The rich live in gated communities in the planet’s upper atmosphere. The rest of an over-crowded Earth reside in a planet-wide slum. A buff, tough and ready Matt Damon stars as Max, a terminally ill factory worker who needs urgent medical help. The only place he will get it is inside one of those utopias high in the sky. Just getting there could be enough to kill him. South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp proves his sensational 2009 debut District 9 was no fluke. The man has a vision – driven by inspired writing, and an intelligent grasp of how to manipulate viewers – and that vision has real impact. Co-stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley.
Alice Braga, Emma Tremblay and Josh Blacker