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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Matt Damon
Jodie Foster
Sharlto Copley
William Fichtner
Wagner Moura
Alice Braga
Diego Luna
Directors
Neill Blomkamp
Screenwriters
Neill Blomkamp
Running Time
109 minutes

Elysium
It’s like Westfield in space


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Plot
2154. The wealthy have abandoned an exhausted Earth to live on Elysium, a satellite habitat. Max (Damon), an ex-crook, sustains a fatal radiation dose in an industrial accident and has five days to live... unless he can get to Elysium and use advanced medical machines to cure himself.


Verdict
Not perfect, but a much more satisfying Earth-in-ruins film than Oblivion or After Earth. It is a little more conventional than District 9 (what isn’t?), but confirms Blomkamp as one of the potential science-fiction greats of this decade.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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