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Futuristic sci-fi thriller 'Elysium' takes on some of today’s hot-button issues

Max (Matt Damon, left) and Kruger (Sharlto Copley) battle on Earth. Max is hoping to make it to Elysium, which hovers above Earth.
Max (Matt Damon, left) and Kruger (Sharlto Copley) battle on Earth. Max is hoping to make it to Elysium, which hovers above Earth.
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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 leap than a revolutionary one from his break-out hit “District 9,” it still shows him in great form telling a story from the future ripped from today’s political hot button issues. Blomkamp looked at his still racially divided native South Africa and concocted a tale of “Us vs. Them” that blurred the ...


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