It’s taken Neill Blomkamp quite a while to get his follow-up to District 9 sorted out, but he’s now filmed Elysium, with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster starring. However the movie has been shrouded in mystery, with the main info we’ve had being that it’s a sci-fi tale laced with socio-political concerns.
However now a much better synopsis has been released via Collider, which says: ‘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 hard line 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.’
The first test screenings are about to take place, with a release planned for March 2013. It’s a potentially interesting plot, but will very much depend on the execution, something Blomkamp can hopefully pull off.