The new Matt Damon movie, Elysium, is an exciting sci-fi look into the future society of 2154. Social and political commentary is skillfully woven into this action thriller with unsuspecting twists in the plot. Such words, with ‘native’ dialogue being Spanish, as “undocumented persons,” “illegals,” “citizens,” and even “Homeland Security” are part of the plot, but do not intrude or detract from the entertainment aspect of this well-done movie.
Elysium is a space station orbiting earth built by a mega-corporation and inhabited only by those qualified to be a citizen: having sufficient wealth. Meanwhile the war destroyed, overpopulated earth is inhabited by the “have-nots” living in poverty. Central to the theme is the lack of medical care for the have-nots. Only citizens on Elysium are entitled to life saving medical treatment.
“Elysium” is the Greek Valhalla where those related to the Gods and the good and heroic go in their after-life. It was mentioned in the opening battle scene in the movie Gladiator by Maximus’ reference to the Elysium Fields.
Elysium is the modern 1984 view of our future society.