- Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster , William Fichtner, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Michael Shanks, Faran Tahir, Talisa Soto, Ona Grauer, Carly Pope, Terry Chen, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Wagner Moura, Adrian Holmes, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Jared Keeso, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Johnny Cicco, Pauline Egan, Claude Duhamel, Sean O. Roberts, Josh Blacker, Brandon Auret, Emma Tremblay, Derek Gilroy
- Director: Neill Blomkamp
- Writer: Neill Blomkamp
- Producer: Simon Kinberg
- Co Producer: Stacy Perskie
- Associate Producer: Victoria Burkhart
- Executive Producers: Sue Baden-Powell, Bill Block, Elliot Ferwerda
- Art Direction: Don Macaulay
- Casting: Francine Maisler
- Costume Design: April Ferry
- D.O.P.: Trent Opaloch
- Editor: Julian Clarke
- Makeup: Joe Dunckley
- Production Design: Philip Ivey
- Set Decoration: Peter Lando
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, a 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 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Mexico City, Mexico; Vancouver, Canada
- Production Budget: $100 million
- Production Companies: Media Rights Capital, QED International, Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 25 July 2011 - 30 September 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "The last of the three 'Scorched Earth' films to hit this year, "Elysium" boasts a grimier and grittier aesthetic compared with the high-tech gloss of "Oblivion" or the fauna-filled jungle settings of "After Earth." It also boasts the best cast and most promising director in the form of Neill Blomkamp. The first feature from the South African-born filmmaker was 2009's "District 9," an astonishing $30 million blend of sci-fi action and political satire that ended up scoring both a Best Picture Oscar nomination and $210 million in worldwide box-office.
This time out, Blomkamp has a budget four times the size he had on "District 9" to tell this story set on a ravaged Earth where the wealthy now live on a pristine, man-made, space wheel station. Onboard is a government official (Jodie Foster) who enforces strict anti-immigration laws to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of those onboard. Meanwhile, the majority of the world's population is stuck planet-side on a now barren and overpopulated Earth. Matt Damon plays an unlucky ex-con who agrees to go on a daunting mission to bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Like D9, this one is full of social commentary and subtext about class warfare, income disparity, economic divisions, immigration policy and exploitation of poorer countries. Blomkamp has said it is "exponentially greater than District 9, in terms of just how much stuff there is in the film." It certainly sounds like a more thematically rich project than the other two scorched Earth films which are more straightforward sci-fi action adventure stories. However, the film has taken a while to come together and underwent reshoots over a year after principal photography - indicating the studio may be a bit nervous about it. There's been a couple of promising photos of a bald Matt Damon, but still no footage as yet which makes me wonder what the final product will look like."