“Elysium,” Director Neill Blomkampf’s dystopian vision of a 2154 where the poor (including Matt Damon) are condemned to live on the planet-wide shantytown on the Earth’s surface, while the rich dwell in comfort on an orbiting space station is inspiring a right-wing freakout.
Breitbart News claims the movie is chock full of decidedly 2013-era liberal propaganda on issues including illegal immigration and universal health care.
“Particularly towards the end, the political messages are just so overt, I don’t know how you can watch it without thinking of current events and connecting the dots that the director obviously intended to connect,” says Breitbart’s Christian Toto.
“It’s not just hypocritical to say this movie isn’t political, it’s hilarious,” Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center, told Faux News’ 411. “Filmmakers wear their politics on their sleeves, but it helps their careers to push liberal agendas.”
Roger Schlafly of Eagle Forum argues that both “Elysium” and Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” “seem to be saying that the Earth is being overrun by barbarians, and the only way to preserve a civilized society is to build walls to keep out the intruders, and to kill them when they try to invade.” He claims “Elysium” is “a warning against unrestricted immigration.” He suggests that “World War Z” has a similar message and that its zombie invasion is an allegory for immigration.
Entertainment Weekly opined, “If you are a member of the 1%, ‘Elysium’ is a horror movie. For everyone else, it’s one step shy of a call to arms.”
Sci-fi fans will tell you, good science fiction isn’t really about the future. Like Blomkampf’s first film “District 9,” “Elysium” is a reflection of the present.
UPDATE: Media Matters:
Conservatives aren’t angered by the political subtext they see in Elysium. They’re angry that it’s an accurate portrayal of the world their ideology will ultimately create — and that is a reality they cannot confront.