Writer-director Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") continues his vision of a bleak future Earth with a bigger budget and more star power in this effective sci-fi tale. Matt Damon plays a worker drone on the ravaged, overcrowded terra firma, which sits beneath a pristine space station where the elite can live an idyllic lifestyle free of worry and illness.
He's desperate to get aboard, and a dangerous mission - involving his wearing of a strength-enhancing exoskeleton - may give him the means of doing so. The cast also includes Jodie Foster, "District 9" alum Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and William Fichtner. DVD extras: two "making-of" documentaries. *** (R: AS, P, GV) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008JFUN50/ref=nosim/?tag=zap2it07-20"><b>Buy 'Elysium' on DVD</b></a>.