Matt Damon thriller 'Elysium': Plot details revealed

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Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp’s first movie since 2009’s District 9, is a project that remains shrouded in mystery despite a high-profile cast that includes Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and D9‘s Sharlto Copley. But not anymore, thanks to the sleuths over at Collider, who got their hands on a test-screening invitation that includes a detailed plot summary:

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 (Jodie Foster), a hard line 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 (Matt Damon) 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.

Sounds very WALL-E meets Land of the Dead, with loads of possible wink-wink parallels to modern-day issues. (Don’t you just love when sci-fi flicks have those?) Honestly, you had us at Jodie Foster as a “hard line government official” — it’s about time she took on a juicy bad-guy role. Elysium doesn’t come out until March 1, 2013, but odds are you’ll be hearing more about it long before then: The movie’s sneaky viral marketing campaign was already under way almost a year ago when a fake recruitment site for a tech company called Armadyne popped up online in July.

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