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-- Federico Fellini
Oct 022013
 

 
photo for In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium — but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission — one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces — but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, who brought the innovative sci-fi morality tale “District 9” to the big screen. Extras: “Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in Elysium” behind-the-scenes cast featurette; “Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky” featurette on designing and creating the utopian space station. Blu-ray adds an extended scene; “Visions of 2154,” an interactive exploration of the art and design of Elysium; “The Journey to Elysium,” a three-part documentary with “Envisioning Elysium,” a pre-production diary, “Capturing Elysium” location featurette, and “Enhancing Elysium,” a post-production diary that explores the editing process; “In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium,” an in-depth look at the process of shooting visual effects scenes and incorporating CGI environments and vehicles into those scenes in post-production; “The Technology of 2154,” a featurette that offers insights into the film’s depiction of the technology of Elysium, from independently functioning Droids to next-generation military tech that gives humans machine-enhanced power. Vitals: Director: Neill Blomkamp. Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Michael Shanks, Alice Braga, Talisa Soto, Diego Luna, Carly Pope. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 109 min., Science Fiction Action, Box office gross: $90.790 million, Sony. 3 stars

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