There were few films that I was as anxious to see this summer as Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium. Richard and I loved Blomkamp’s breakout film, District 9, and wrote about it extensively here at Pop Theology. I’m disappointed to say, that in my opinion, Elysium is a less-than-stellar sophomore outing. In this post, I’ll talk about my frustrations with the film. In a subsequent post, Richard will give both his own reactions to the film and his responses to the conservative backlash to it. Read on for more.
In Elysium, it is the late 21st century, and humanity has just about ruined planet earth. It’s overpopulated, diseased, and polluted. Los Angeles looks like a giant favela with rotting skyscrapers. If you’re wealthy, you’re in luck. You can make the move to Elysium, a floating paradise about a 19-minute spaceship ride from Earth. Elysium is everything Earth no longer is: beautiful, peaceful, clean, and healthy. Diseases that plague citizens on Earth can be cured in seconds on Elysium.