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4.0 out of 5 stars Good sci fi film with political undertones, 5 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Elysium [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
This film by the South African director Neil Blomkamp is set in 2154, in an Earth that has become a planet wide slum. The wealthy classes has migrated to a space satellite called Elysium, which looks like a gigantic gated community, who is protected from the invasion of illegal immigrants by the ruthless Jodie Foster. Matt Damon stars as Max, who lives in a completely Mexicanized Los Angeles, and is on his death throes after being exposed to radiation in a factory accident. He wants to infiltrate Elysium in order to cure himself (the residents of Elyisum has cutting edge medical technology able t o cure all ailments which is denied to the inhabitants of the Earth) and to do that he decides to work for a bunch of gangsters. Though the political undertones and the metaphors of the movies are a bit obvious, the film is entertaining and well done. Many critics have interpreted this movie as a left wing screed, but it could be easily seen as a right wing pamphlet, in which the end of civilization is blamed at the uncontrolled influx of immigrants.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2013 08:18:15 GMT
"but it could be easily seen as a right wing pamphlet, in which the end of civilization is blamed at the uncontrolled influx of immigrants."
Which was the director's intention actually if you read his interviews. But he probably let Matt Damon, a known leftist as most Hollywood, think it was the opposite.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 20:31:18 GMT
I tend to agree with you on this. The director's anti immigration message to me is clear, but he try to have some ambiguity on this issue, in order to have "plausible deniability".

Posted on 24 Dec 2013 07:11:36 GMT
am put off by the right wing aspects of this movie
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