Elysium as a Depiction of the Contemporary Anxieties Faced by United States of America. Essay

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Karolina Usar Elysium as a Depiction of the Contemporary Anxieties Faced by United States of America. Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and William Fincher plus remarkable special effects—Elysium was destined to be an undisputable blockbuster among movies released in 2013. A costly creation of Neill Blomkamp strikes us however not only with a glamorous frame and cast, but also with a sagacious thought, wrapped up in a disguise of a Hollywood box office hit. A fictional plot seems to be riddled with the hints of the most prominent anxiety issues troubling the modern society. The purpose of this essay is to decipher them and therefore prove the presence of economic, political, ecological, social (including racial) and cultural issues presented in Elysium. The movie was directed, produced and written by previously mentioned Neill Blomkamp, and even though categorized as a Science Fiction production, according to the metaphorical statement of the director: “[t]his isn't science fiction. This is today. This is now” (Blomkamp). And indeed, the fictional image of Earth of the year 2154 strikes us with the accuracy of phenomena that seem to dominate the society today. In the world of the 22nd century Earth is no longer the only place of inhabitancy of humans, however it is still home to most of them. The richest and the most influential decided to abandon overpopulated, terribly polluted and impoverished Earth and move to the artificially made Eden−a supreme space station called Elysium. It is presented as a land where there is no place for sickness, poverty and inconvenience owing to highly advanced medical devices with an ability to treat every human disease or injury, robot-servants and luxurious, paradise-like environment of stunning nature and costly private properties. Max Da Costa, the protagonist of the movie, is an inhabitant of the Old Planet, former car thief

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