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'District 9' full of surprises

...District 9," no matter what your opinion might be overall, though, is never uninteresting. Writer, director Neill Blomkamp (an apparent discovery of Lord Peter Jackson) does some unique things visually from the very beginning. There's...

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'Elysium,' sci-fi straight from the news headlines

Neill Blomkamp may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. And if "Elysium" is more an evolutionary...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2013-08-08/elysium-sci-fi-straight-news-headlines
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Elysium

Now Playing Synopsis: In a future in which the privileged reside on an Earth-orbiting space station named Elysium and the less fortunate live on the surface of the blighted, overpopulated planet below, one man dares to defy the strict anti-immigration laws that separate the two disparate worlds in order to save all of mankind in this visceral sci-fi action thriller from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. The year is 2154, and the division between social classes has grown wider than ever before. As the rich enjoy a life of luxury and access to cutting-edge medical technology on Elysium, the rest of the human race contend with poverty, crime, and disease on the surface of planet Earth. Meanwhile, hard-line immigration laws ensure that only those who have been explicitly approved will ever set foot on the elusive paradise in the stars. 36-year-old Max (Matt Damon) lives in an L.A. shantytown and earns his living by working on an Armadyne assembly line. He's had a rough past, but he's struggling to stay on the right side of the law when he realizes that his only hope for survival after being exposed to deadly radiation is to reach Elysium. Should Max succeed, he will strike a major blow for equality in the eyes of his fellow surface dwellers; should he fail, it will mean certain death. In his quest to become the hero who can restore the balance between the rich and the poor, however, Max must first do battle with Elysium's hawkish Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster), who has devoted her entire career to maintaining that division, and whose key enforcer Kruger (Sharlto Copley) is notorious for his brutal tactics in driving out illegals. With the fates of millions hanging in the balance, Max sets his sights on Elysium and never looks back. Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, and Faran Tahir co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Elysium

Opens Friday, Mar 1, 2013 Synopsis: Neill Blomkamp returns to science fiction territory with this mysterious untitled production re-teaming him with his District 9 star Sharlto Copley, who leads a starring cast that includes Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Wagner Moura, and William Fichtner. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Diego Luna Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Elysium

Opens Friday, Mar 1, 2013 Synopsis: Neill Blomkamp returns to science fiction territory with this mysterious untitled production re-teaming him with his District 9 star Sharlto Copley, who leads a starring cast that includes Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Wagner Moura, and William Fichtner. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Diego Luna Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

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