In “Elysium,” Los Angeles in 2154 is no different than Los Angeles in 2013. It is slummier. There are robots in control but are similar to the automated machines we now have the pleasure of talking with to handle business.
There are the political undertones, the most prevalent being immigration. The people on earth want to have access to a better life and resources that people on Elysium take for granted.
This film is visually remarkable. Graphic violence compliments the story. The amount of depravity and dehumanization is mind blowing. There is no care for the “human filth” who risk their life to try and get to Elysium.
Daft Punk would have probably loved to compose the score. Technology is crisp on Elysium and for travel entrepreneur and raging bull Spider (Wagner Moura), his technology is a hacker’s paradise.
This film packs a stellar main and supporting cast. Jodie Foster played an excellent villain with the faintest accent. Sharlto Copley as C.M. Kruger provides most of the comical moments in the film with evil brewing through his beard. Diego Luna was a great support to Matt Damon, who is titanium as Max. Alice Braga does a great job as Frey but her daughter Matilda (Emma Tremblay) was so memorable.
“Elysium” holds the imagination. This film separates itself from others that have their story set in the distant future because of the current events and those political undertones featured. The film even deviates from its title. The relationship between love and justice is captivating.