The latest end-of-worlder is a political statement with Matt Damon saving the day “Total Recall”-style.
The second movie from “District 9”’s Neil Blomkamp is in keeping with his political philosophy: it’s the 1% vs. the 99%.
The year is 2154. The earth is an over-populated, ruined mess. That’s the 99%. The 1% live on a man-made paradise space station called Elysium, where the elite not only get to live the life, all possible diseases are cured, just by lying in an mri-like setting.
Matt Damon is the guy who changes the equation. Not because he’s a revolutionary but because he’s an ordinary worker who’s given a lethal dose of radiation that can only be cured by getting himself to Elysium. To do this, he becomes a man-bot, a combo man/robot. A hybrid or a mutant revolutionary. He’s half-human, half robot.
Then, there’s the love interest. Alicia Braga is his childhood now-nurse friend, whose very young daughter is dying of cancer, unless she can get her to Elysium to be cured. Jodie Foster is a one-note chilling Secretary of Security chief.
This one’s a total statement on the 1% vs. the 99%, immigration, Obama care and more.