Did you see "District 9?" I did. I found it audacious and memorable, so I've been looking forward to "Elysium" ever since I discovered Neill Blomkamp was the director. In this one, it is the year 2154 and only the rabble continues to live in squaller on a ruined Earth; the wealthy live on an orbiting space station called Elysium, where equality is the last thing on their minds.
On both habitats, the residents speak a polyglot of English, Spanish, French, and other assorted tongues. When the dialogue isn't in English, there are captions to help us out. (A person who speaks three languages is trilingual; two languages, bilingual; one language, American.)
Look at these actors:
We see a large, capable cast. The horrific industrial accident that causes our hero to have radiation poisoning feels authentic and his subsequent medical treatment made me hide my eyes.
This is an R-rated actioner, so expect oodles of profanity and a lot of gun play, plus endless fisticuffs and blowie uppie stuff. There are no sweaty bodies but Damon can convey affection with just a crooked smile.
Of course we see almost non-stop Computer Generated Imaging...sigh...but the ramshackle vehicles, both land and air made me think of "Mad Max."
NOTE: Key bits of dialogue are difficult to understand, so if you have any hearing concerns, find a theater with closed captions or wait for the DVD.