‘Elysium” set in 2154 is about a Dystopian habitat mimicked after Dr. Wernher von Braun's 1952 space station vision and fleshed out in the 1975 Stanford Torus concept.
You know the movie will be technically fascinating when the design itself is digital. Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp tells FastCompany
"At the end of the design process, I had a stack of 60 or 70 images that essentially told the story of the script, from beginning to end, just as a by-product. I bound those pages and gave them to Matt (Damon) and Jodie (Foster) because it explained the look and feel of the film."
The movie itself is a bit too much political commentary, way too predictable action scenes, insipid acting, but the technology is mighty cool.
There are exokeleton suits, evolved droids, next-gen weaponry, slick space cruisers, medical bays which cure most anything as standard issue appliance in every home.
Hey, would you expect less 140 years out? Especially when Weta Workshop, the New Zealand design firm on projects like Lord of the Rings and Avatar, is involved.
I plan to order the companion book (in photo) The Art of the Film. And see the movie again soon.