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Big day for sci-fi news. First 'Attack the Block's Joe Cornish signs on to his next project, adapting Neal Stephenson's 'Snow Crash,' and now we have the first concrete plot synopsis for Neill Blomkamp's upcoming 'Elysium.' Blomkamp made major waves with his inaugural film 'District 9,' and his sophomore outing has been eagerly anticipated ever since. The details of his new film 'Elysium,' which is shooting for a March 2013 release date, have been kept very mum until now. Courtesy of Collider, here's how 'Elysium' breaks down...
"In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds."
I'm not surprised to note the overwhelming sociopolitical undertones at play here. 'District 9' was, in addition to being a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi actioner, a condemnation of racism and specifically a reminder of the flagrant injustice of Apartheid. Now Blomkamp seems to be turning his attention from how we as a society separate people by race and is instead examining inequality based on economic classifications. But that's what I love about sci-fi. For all its futuristic settings and technological spectacle, it's often the genre that most eloquently deconstructs and investigates troubling social issues. Apart from that, it will be interesting to see what Blomkamp does with this cast and, I therefore assume, a significantly larger budget than he had for 'District 9.' Sometimes directors who are able to stretch themselves to create something tremendous on a meager budget have trouble replicating the results when money becomes less of an issue.
What do you guys think? Does this plot interest you? Can you see Blomkamp pulling this off?