South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp made a name for himself with a short film called Alive in Joburg which became the 2009 blockbuster District 9. Blomkamp's new film Elysium also illustrates political ideas in a science fiction world by pitting the 99% against the 1%. And Jodie Foster is the bad guy! The plot, from Wikipedia:
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on Elysium – a Stanford torus space habitat in Earth orbit – and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max Da Costa, an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s mayor, Secretary Jessica Delacourt and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
The movie is scheduled to be released August 9. -via Geeks Are Sexy