In the year 2154

2013-08-30 00:00

MATT Damon, Jodie Foster and South African actor Sharlto Copley (The A-Team, District 9) star in the new sci-fi epic Elysium, which opens in cinemas today.

Set in the year 2154, the film tells the story of two classes of people — the first are the very wealthy who live on Elysium, a pristine human-made space station built by the Armadyne Corporation. The rest live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth.

Secretary Delacourt (Foster), a hard-nosed government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium.

Despite her efforts, the desperate people of Earth still try to get in by any means possible.

When unlucky ex-con Max (Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to the polarised worlds.

Also new to movie houses in the province is Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

In the latest instalment of the series, Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece, while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.

At Cinema Nouveau at Gateway in Umhlanga, there are two new offerings: The Way, Way Back and Arthur Newman.

The Way, Way Back is a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy about Duncan (Liam James), a lonely teenage boy, who comes into his own over the course of a summer during a holiday in an American east-coast beach town through an unlikely friendship with the manager of a local water park (Sam Rockwell).

Duncan’s mother, Pam (Toni Collette), alienates her young son through her efforts to make her relationship work with her carousing boyfriend (Steve Carell).

Arthur Newman, which stars Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, tells the story of a man who fakes his death and assumes a new identity in order to escape his life. He then moves in with a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind.

Bollywood fans can enjoy the Hindi film Satyagraha (Democracy Under Fire), which looks at the uprising of the middle class against a corrupt government and an unjust system. The film is directed by Prakash Jha and stars Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai and Amrita Rao. It follows a dynamic and ambitious young man who is well-positioned to climb the corporate ladder to success and the high life.

However, when a personal tragedy exposes him to the shocking consequences of corruption in his country, he is forced to reassess his position within society.

Joining hands with an idealistic older man, he ignites a people’s protest that soon escalates into a massive movement with national resonance. As he battles the very politicians who are determined to crush and discredit him, the people’s raw and uncontrolled anger is unleashed with horrifying consequences.

Indian film fans can also watch Aadhi Shankara, a devotional movie based on the life of iconic ninth-century saint from Kerala, Adi Sankaracharya, who consolidated the doctrine of advaita vedanta.

THERE will be special preview screenings of Jennifer Aniston’s new film, We’re the Millers, at CineCentre in Pietermaritzburg at 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm on Sunday, and 5.30 pm and 8 pm on September 4.

In Durban and on the coast, film goers can see the movie preview at Ster-Kinekor Gateway and Ster-Kinekor Shelly Beach at 2.30 pm and 5 pm on Sunday, and 5 pm and 7.30 pm on September 4.

The screening times at Ster-Kinekor Boardwalk Inkwazi are 2.15 pm and 5 pm on Sunday, and 5 pm and 7.30 pm on September 4, and at Ster-Kinekor Musgrave it will be shown at 3 pm and 5.45 pm on Sunday, and 5.45 pm and 8.30 pm on September 4. We’re the Millers is the story of a veteran pot dealer who creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the United States from Mexico.

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