On a grim future Earth, Matt Damon’s working-class hero is among the masses enduring squalid poverty while the wealthy live in the lap of luxury on a vast orbiting space station, Elysium.

Then Damon, dying of radiation poisoning after an accident at work, is on a mission to reach Elysium and save a little girl. But this involves a risky plan to kidnap a heartless tycoon (William Fichtner) and pits him against Jodie Foster’s scheming politician and Sharlto Copley’s brutal mercenary.

Director Neill Blomkamp handles the shootouts and slugfests with real skill in this thought-provoking and striking tale of haves and have-nots.