Matt Damon is on fine form in this superior sci-fi action movie set on a grim future Earth. While the masses exist in squalid shanty towns, the wealthy live in the lap of luxury on a vast orbiting space station, Elysium.
Damon’s working-class hero is dying of radiation poisoning after an accident at work and is on a mission to reach Elysium to find a cure 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.