Imagine all of the problems that are currently plaguing the world today: over-population, scarcity of resources, disease, hunger, flooding, etc. Now imagine that, despite all of our efforts, old rivalries ruin any chance to find a solution for the greater good. The survival of the human race becomes secondary; survival of the richest becomes paramount. Old notions about “the greater good” turn into antiquated, impoverished ideas. The Earth becomes a planet of third-class citizens who are victims to the world’s latest mandate, “out of sight, out of mind”. Elysium, the circular space station that hovers high above the Earth, is the product of such an inhumane belief system. The privileged live a life of luxury among the stars; the rest of us suffer in interminable poverty below.
So, how did Neill Blomkamp come up with the concept of Elysium? Why is it socially relevant? These questions and more are answered in the latest featurette for the writer-director’s sophomore effort.
Elysium opens in regular theatres and in IMAX on August 9th. It stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner and Wagner Moura.