Set in the year 2154, the earth has become overpopulated, disease heavy & the 1% of the world has moved to a space station known as Elysium. On Elysium, there is no disease, no crime & everyone lives a great life. Earth contains everyone else from some qualified people to all the unemployed. While on earth, the film is entirely set in Los Angeles. We are introduced to our lead Max Da Costa (Matt Damon)he is a former criminal, who builds robots for a living. While working Max is exposed to radioactive gas, leaving he with five days to live. He makes the decision to get to Elysium, by any means in order to heal himself from certain death. While this is happening Secretary Of Defence on Elysium,Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) is charged to prevent all non Elysium citizens from ever getting there. When Max tries to get to Elysium, she sends mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to prevent this from happening.
Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) brings a very heavy social message of the have & have nots, health care & immigration, along with excellent visual effects. The plot pushes these factors with the contrast between Earth & Elysium. Earth has poor health care, poor people and no one is allowed to travel/live in Elysium. Elysium is the completely opposite in terms of these issues. If these elements interest you, then you are most likely to enjoy this film. The visual effects are the star here, as Blomkamp has created a very believable dystopian future. The acting for the most part is fine but nothing stands out, until we are introduced to Kruger. Sharlto Copley is excellent here & very different to his leading role in District 9. Kruger is menacing and a very believable bad guy. The story is fine, but is the weakest part. The action segments are also excellent, including Kruger battling Max & Max destroying a robot bodyguard in slow motion. Despite being a very dystopian film, there is some funny moments & emotion.
Overall Elysium is a enjoyable summer action movie with a great villian & large social elements.