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Sony Pictures to release sci-fi thriller 'Elysium' in India

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MUMBAI: This August, Sony Pictures is all geared up to release one of the summer's biggest futuristic science fiction flick Elysium in Indian theatres. Set 146 years in the future, on a ravaged Earth and a luxurious habitat called Elysium, the sci-fi stars Academy Award winners Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity), Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs) and Sharltey Copley (District 9) in major roles. Produced by Bill Block, Simon Kinberg, Neill Blomkamp and written and directed by Oscar nominee Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame, the film will touch upon political and sociological themes such as immigration, health care and class issues and is inspired by the South African director's own experiences.

Elysium takes place in the year 2159 A.D., where two classes of people exist: the extremely affluent, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated Earth ruined by poverty, war and crime. Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium - but that doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission, one that could bring equality to these polarised worlds.

Neill Blomkamp's last outing District 9 was a critical and commercial success. The movie earned four nominations in the 2010 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a writing (Best Adapted Screenplay) nomination for Neill Blompkamp.

Elysium will hit Indian theatres on 23 August. It will be releasing in English and Hindi.

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