The year 2154. The privileged live on Elysium. No poverty. No war. No sickness. The rest of us live on Earth.
An over-populated, ruined planet Earth where two-thirds of the movie is set. Crew filmed some of ruined planet Earth in one of the world’s largest garbage dumps on the outskirts of Mexico City. I passed through it once years ago on a luxury bus to play field hockey against the Mexican national team at a posh country club. We could see countless families living in makeshift cardboard box homes but didn’t stop to breathe in the fecal matter like star Matt Damon did while shooting there. Vancouver director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and crew had masks and respirators but Damon stood unprotected as the wind from helicopters above sprayed him with bits of garbage and dung.
No wonder his character Max DaCosta wants to leave the shanty towns of 22nd Century Los Angeles and break into the most heavily-guarded place in the universe — the vast, luxurious space station called Elysium orbiting above. Irradiated at his factory job, Max needs to cure himself with Elysium’s high-tech medicine, but Jodie Foster’s head of the Elysium Corporate Authority doesn’t take kindly to illegal immigrants, especially those who crash their spaceship into a one percenter’s garden. Here’s a look at that crash at Kent Hangar field in Vancouver before the VFX were added.
And check out ItsBetterUpThere.com where you’ll find links to Armadyne.com,which built the space station; Elysium Realty, which advertises “Live Above it All. Homes Starting at $250,000,000.”; the Civil Cooperation Bureau which stops civil disturbances before they start. “Aiding illegals is a crime. Elysium citizenship will be revoked.”; and if you’re still interested and want to move above it all legally click on the Elysium Citizenship Initiative to see if you qualify for life in the most exclusive gated community ever.
Elysium is scheduled to be in theatres on August 9th, 2013.