Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Matt's sci-fi movie is super realistic

20 August 2013, 08:02

Los Angeles - Matt Damon claims his new sci-fi film isn't far off real life.

The Elysium actor wants fans to be “completely entertained” but doesn't think they should ignore the action film's deeper meaning.

The film follows two worlds in 2154, where the poor are forced to live in an overpopulated planet ridden with disease while the rich have fled to live on a spacecraft called Elysium.

Damon's character Max, a poor steel worker with a criminal past, is faced with turmoil after suffering an industrial accident and is in need of the medicine held by the First World to survive.

While the plot appears far-fetched, Damon says it draws parallels to real life.

He explained to ITN news: “If you look at the difference between the bottom billion people on planet Earth and the top ten million, the contrast is as stark as living on a space station and living in a third world urban centre, you don't have to go far, particularly in other countries, you don't have to go far to see poverty like that.”

However, the 42-year-old actor insists the entertainment value comes before the bold social statement depicted by director Neill Blomkamp.

He continued: “They can talk about it round the water cooler if they want to, what the deeper meaning of the movie is or the deeper message of the movie but the first order of business is, with particularly a summer movie like this is to make sure people are completely entertained by it.”

The movie, which also stars Jodie Foster, topped the US box office over the weekend with opening sales of $30 million.

Elysium is due out in UK theatres August 20.

- BangShowBiz


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jayne Zack
I am in ODM to stay, Busia Depu...

Busia Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa told Deputy President William on the face that he was in the Orange Democratic Movement to stay. Read more...

Boda Boda operators in Bahati rai...

Motorbike Boda Boda operators from Bahati Sub county on Tuesday took to the streets of Nakuru’s CBD lamenting over what they term is harassment by patrol police officers in the area. Read more...

Submitted by
Gabriel Ngallah
Human Rights activist lives in fe...

The Human rights fraternity in Mombasa is currently living in fear after the home of one of the vocal human rights champion was invaded on Monday night. Read more...

Submitted by
kel wesh
Poisonous milk powder siezed by K...

The Kenya Revenue Authority has seized two containers with illegal milk powder which had been declared as gypsum board at Mombasa port. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be ready for protests, Raila warn...

Expect protests if meddling with Auditor General continues, Raila Odinga has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Kenya says will return to interna...

Kenya will return to international markets to borrow when it feels the time is right, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said on Tuesday. Read more...