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Five For The Diary: Smart Sci-Fi Movies
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Five For The Diary: Smart Sci-Fi Movies | 2. Elysium
2. Elysium

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE The ruined Earth is a familiar trope in science fiction, which is no surprise given how it plays on our worst fears and the suspicion that the way we live now can’t last forever. It’s also generally easy for filmmakers to create, too: just head to some remote, godforsaken corner of the globe (Milton Keynes, say), burn a few cars and Bob’s your uncle. So in that sense Elysium shouldn’t be any great shakes. But on the other hand, this is Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9, so we’re expecting something a little more inventive than your average.

Apart from anything else, Blomkamp’s Comic-Con presentation made it clear that this is a timely tale about the 99 percent having to live in the detritus left by the 1 percent, who in this story literally consider themselves above the rest of the world on floating cities. Matt Damon’s Max suffers radiation poisoning and is told he’ll die – but, convinced that there is treatment available in the cities above, takes an Elysium’s identity in an effort to find a cure. The only problem then is that the life he assumes comes with its own complications.

The little released so far all points to a sci-fi that deals with similar themes to District 9, but writ larger and more extreme. The very lack of aliens and outsiders should help make Blomkamp’s point, and do what sci-fi does best: make big points about the way we live now.

SEE ALSO Last year’s admittedly unsubtle In Time, or – much better – Metropolis. There’s a reason it’s a classic.

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1 What joo say bout MK?
Hey, don't rag on Milton Keynes, I bet the Empire office toilets are far less hospitable! More

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2 HAHA I love empire sometimes
'It’s also generally easy for filmmakers to create, too: just head to some remote, godforsaken corner of the globe (Milton Keynes, say)' Haha Empire just dissed my hometown lol. Nah take the piss out of it all you want, I want to leave MK hahaha! More

Posted by MartyW on Saturday September 15, 2012, 23:42

3 RE: Diana Wynne Jones' A Tale Of Time City
I am not a fan of every good book out there being turned into a movie. But this one? 'Tale of Time City' is amazing, and would make a great movie--so long as they don't involve any of the 'Alice in Wonderland' design/effects people and turn it into a candy-coloured CGI orgy. But in the hands of a director known for a personal, interesting style, it could work brilliantly. Too bad Michael Fassbender is too old to be typecast as another android... ;) More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Saturday September 15, 2012, 12:09

4 It is now in 3D
Following Empire's news post about Warners converting this to 3D, this needs updating. Hopefully it'll be del Toro approved 3D. More

Posted by JoeN on Friday September 14, 2012, 15:22

5 Oh sweat dreams
"Could we see some of Iain M. Banks’ weirder Culture novels?" YES PLEASE!!! Give me Excession the movie! More

Posted by amerelium on Friday September 14, 2012, 13:57

6 All apart from Cruise!!!
Looking forward to all of these movies ( especially the new Bloomkamp and Del Toro ones ) apart from the one involving Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise sucks big time!!! More

Posted by dannyfletch on Thursday September 13, 2012, 16:24

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Milton Keynes is an awesome place!! More

Posted by Bowwowow on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 11:53

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Can't wait for Pacific Rim. Still so far away... More

Posted by Whistler on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 03:35

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