The 99-percenters get their own sci-fi parable in writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s "Elysium."
Matt Damon is an irradiated Franken-everyman amalgam of RoboCop, Doc Ock and Mad Max (also named Max), intent on relocating the great unwashed from the "diseased, polluted and overpopulated" Earth to Defense Secretary Delacourt’s (Jodie Foster) "2001: A Space Odyssey"-inspired, Obamacare-providing circular spaceship.
Blu-ray exclusives include extended scenes, plus "Visions of 2154 - An interactive exploration of the arts & design of ’Elysium,’ " "In Support of the Story: The Visual Effects of ’Elysium,’ " "The Technology of 2154," "Engineering Utopia: Creating a Society in the Sky," and "Collaboration: Crafting the Performances in ’Elysium.’ " This featurette talks about the young South African director ("District 9") creating the film outside the Hollywood system, blending both drama and action in a "chasm between the rich and the poor." Foster appreciates "the socio-political commentary within the sci-fi genre."
The three-part feature "The Journey to ’Elysium’: Envisioning, Capturing and Enhancing" says Blomkamp’s initial inspiration came from a National Geographic illustration of a proposed circular off-planet station, which became the film’s "Beverly Hills in space." Each weapon, laptop and tattoo was designed to delineate the haves from the have-nots. The marvelous special effects of exploding places and faces were added by Weta Digital in New Zealand. The grubby Earth scenes of a future L.A. were shot in Mexico City slums using hand-held cameras (where mostly Spanish was spoken), and the Francophone Elysium mansions on sets in Vancouver with gliding shots until the "Occupy Elysium" project commences.
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