Writer-director Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi thriller "Elysium" is set 150 years in the future, and it appears everyone on Earth has dreams of one day living in a floating space station deep in the sky called "Elysium." It's an utopian empire where luxury, food, and medicine are readily available for all its wealthy citizens. There's a slight problem, though. Anyone not authorized to enter the pristine spaceport is quickly shot down by an unsympathetic Jodie Foster. But that doesn't stop Matt Damon from attempting to do the impossible: break in.
Want to know more about the major differences between Elysium and Earth, you can check out this newly-released featurette for the film, which contains interviews with Blomkamp, Damon, and Foster. It also offers some nice insight into the living arrangements. Earth: terrible, slummy and over-polluted. Elysium: clean, high-tech, and serene.
In the year 2159 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. Secretary Rhodes (JODIE FOSTER), a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (MATT DAMON) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Elysium stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Diego Luna, Alice Braga, Sharlto Copley