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. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well..
Matt Damon as Max De Costa
Jodie Foster as Secretary Delacourt
Sharlto Copley as Kruger
Alice Braga as Frey
Talisa Soto as Tisha
Diego Luna as Julio
Wagner Moura as Spider
William Fichtner as John Carlyle
Faran Tahir as Minister Patel
Elysium was written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, the director and co-writer of District 9 (2009). In January 2011, the independent studio Media Rights Capital met with major studios to present Elysium, and Blomkamp shared art designs of his proposed science fiction film. The art designs won over the executives at Sony Pictures, who approved the film after making a more attractive offer than the other studios. With an estimated production budget of $90 million, production began in July 2011 in Vancouver, BC for the scenes on the eponymous space station. The film’s Earth-bound scenes were shot in Mexico City and Matt Damon shaved his head for the role of Max. The film re-unites Blomkamp with some of his District 9 crew, such as editor Julian Clarke, production designer Philip Ivey, cinematographer Trent Opaloch, and actor Sharlto Copley playing one of the film’s villains. The futuristic designs were executed by Philip Ivey after long periods of researching and studying older science fiction films. The designs and other visual effects will be executed by Industrial Light and Magic and Image Engine, the latter of which collaborated on District 9. Re-shoots took place through October, 2012. The film’s music score is composed by Ryan Amon and recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra, where the original Star Wars film had its music recorded. It is said to be an “organic” score, fusing traditional classical music with synthesizers and additional effects such as animal noises. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.