SPOILERS. Last night I went to see the latest Matt Damon and Jodie Foster movie, Elysium. The basic plot revolves around Elysium, a futuristic utopian paradise developed on a space station above earth and inhabited by the rich and powerful, whilst the poor suffer the effects of overcrowding and poor conditions on earth. On Elysium nobody is sick or hungry, whilst on earth work is sparse and medical care is severely limited.
Whilst I can hardly recommend the film (great effects, but a lousy script and a really questionable French accent from Jodie Foster), there is an interesting religious theme that seems to run through the otherwise fairly shallow plot line. Max (Damon), for example, is brought up at a Catholic orphanage, and mentored by one sister who tells him that he is special and has some great task to perform during his life. When he suffers radiation poisoning at work he decides to attempt a journey to Elysium, to break into the computer system and to be healed by the technological advances enjoyed by the privileged citizens. That journey is given greater importance when it transpires that he has inadvertently received the information required to open the facilities up to everyone, not just those with a bank account to warrant it. As one character says, ‘You can save everyone’.