The Side By Side crew last night fancied a trip to see this film. It finishes at the Dukes@Komedia tomorrow although it continues at the Odeon next week. I've taken the bold decision to organise this meet-up at a days notice therefore but, if there is a groundswell of opinion to move it to the Odeon next week instead, I'm sure that could be arranged.
The blurb says this:
In his follow-up to the hugely successful DISTRICT 9, director Blomkamp again uses his distinguished background in visual effects and a subtly complex narrative to meld edgy sci-fi drama with provocative social comment.
It’s 2154 and Earth’s wealthiest have left our spent planet to live in high-security luxury on a vast space station, the titular ELYSIUM. Desperate to leave our rancid, overpopulated world, Max De Costa (Damon, riveting) finds himself up against the space station’s hardnosed gatekeeper, Secretary Rhodes (an icy Foster), and one of her earthbound agents, Kruger, played with swaggering venality by DISTRICT 9’s Sharlto Copley.
As De Costa battles to reach his goal, he realises that he might also save the lives of millions of impoverished, brutally suppressed fellow earthlings as well as his own family.
Reviews have been generally positive, here is a particularly glowing one:
and here is one a bit less effusive:
Just as the director's last film was a fairly obvious parody/analogy of apartheid (containing the worst South African accent ever) this one is apparently a clever take on class politics. That might be a hook to persuade you to come or a turn off, it all depends on what your bag is.
As for me, I'm all for a bit of class struggle but I've also been in love with Jodie Foster since 1976, so this is a 'Must See' for me, particularly after her speech at the Golden Globes suggested she may be going into semi-retirement.