Learn What Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Is All About

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Neill Blomkamp, one-time Peter Jackson protégé, defied all possible expectations for his first feature-length film, the low-budget sci-fi allegory "District 9," when it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

The South African director has been working on his follow-up, the highly secretive "Elysium," since early last year. Previously we knew that the film would again deal with science-fiction elements and star Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, among others.

With its March 2013 release date stil a long ways away, "Elysium" has begun test screening, and Collider got their hands on the invite, which includes the very first plot synopsis.

Read the full synopsis after the jump!

If you have no desire to know what "Elysium" is about, you should stop reading.

According to the synopsis, Blomkamp is once again telling a political allegory through a science-fiction premise.

In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard the government of?cial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt 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 these polarized worlds.

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