Elysium Movie Blurb by Shale August 9, 2013 I knew from the trailers that I wanted to see this flick. Also, I really enjoy seeing Matt Damon onscreen in every movie he's been in. This movie is about class warfare where the ruling class is in collusion with the industrialists and live in comfort, with financial security for life, pleasant housing in beautiful neighborhoods and good medical care. They are isolated from the impoverished masses who toil in dreadful jobs, but must keep them because there are more unemployed workers than jobs and someone is always there to replace them. All this is enforced by heavily armed pigs, who abuse the citizens with impunity. OK, that is the world in 2013. Our sci-fi world is in a dystopian future a century or so away, 2154, when the Earth is finally trashed to the point that it is barely livable and cities are overpopulated and in ruin. Los Angeles 2154 The rich have left. They are on a beautiful space station called Elysium hovering off earth. They don't even need servants or gardeners or mechanics any more - jobs replaced by robots, so immigration is non-existent. Defense Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) sees that no shuttles violates the space around Elysium, lest they get blown away. Oh yeah, poor ppl don't matter in this world either. Defense Secretary Protecting the Rich Back on Earth, among the poor ppl in the barrios of Los Angeles is Max (Matt Damon) working at a plant assembling robocops for his own suppression. He is on probation and is wearing an ankle monitor and is trying to stay out of prison. Max Gettin' Dressed for Work He makes a joke to a robocop and gets his arm broken, which almost costs him his job and also extends his probation because the uncaring computer officer won't take a broken arm as a reason to miss an appointment. (A futuristic Les Miserables) Then, at work he has a dangerous situation and his foreman tells him to risk his life or he'll find someone who will. So, Max gets irradiated, has about 6 days to live, is given some dope and told to go home and die. Max goes back to his partners in crime to find a way to get to Elysium, where the med machines can cure him. Max is weakened by the radiation so his friends fit him to a mechanical assistive device that gives him robotic strength and he manages to fight his way to Elysium. On the way he runs into Frey (Alice Braga) an old childhood friend from the orfanage. She has a dying sick child and ends up on the same shuttle as him but is taken prisoner. In the ensuing fight with sociopathic Agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley) and his men, Max locates Frey. Max Rescues Frey & Daughter I left out a lot of stuff here, but you can get that when you see the movie. I enjoyed it - a summer sci-fi extravaganza that also had commentary on current social conditions and where they could head. I also enjoyed seeing the classic wheel space station that was the model from my childhood (the way to create gravity in space using centrifugal force). Much more impressive than the interconnected trailers in space that we have for a station now.