Sunday, July 15, 2012

Neil Blomkamp & Ideas I Wish I'd Thought Of

District 9 was a **** phenomenal movie, a landmark by which I've judged every other sci-fi flick for the past decade.  Seriously, when a sci-fi movie is released, I often ask, "but is it District 9 good?".  Its director, newcomer at the time Neil Blomkamp, proved, among other things, that you could tell a serious, epic, heart-wrenching allegory while having some of the best special effects in the business and still remain on a budget (the film was shot for just $30 million), which meant big budget blockbusters had no excuse when their characters or green screens came up short (looking at you, Amazing Spider-Man).  Not to mention the award worthy performance of Sharlto Copley (where has he been?).

Blomkamp, in keeping with his tradition, has surfaced with footage from his latest sci-fi allegory,
Elysium. I am a happy. As far as the plot is concerned, allow me to shamelessly quote Wikipedia:

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy "Coordinators," people who can afford bio-genetic engineering, who live on Elysium, a pristine man-made space station built by the Armadyne Corporation; and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes, 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 ex-con 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.

When Hollywood execs use the phrase, "It's a Movie!", this is what they're talking about.  Killer premise, if not only for its inventiveness on sociopolitical themes, for the fact that it's not so far fetched to say that might actually be the situation the human race lands itself in the not-so-distant future if we keep acting the way we're acting (was that redundant?).

Hey, James Cameron's already mining asteroids.  Just sayin'.


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