‘Elysium’ called out for anti-conservative message
Last week we told you that despite the fact movie ticket sales were up, less people were actually going to the movies. And it turns out one of the reasons why could be that the line between entertainment and politics has become blurred.
And it's become blurred in movies like ‘Elysium.’ The movie stars Matt Damon, and tells the story about a society with two distinct classes. The poor who live on Earth and the extremely wealth who live on Elysium, a space station that comes equipped with cures for every illness and a police force that preserves a luxurious lifestyle.
Damon says there's no anti conservative message but message, but he sent a different message when he was promoting the movie a few weeks ago.
“There’s a scarcity of resources. It’s overcrowded. You get the feeling that the borders have become completely porous,” Damon said.
Director Neill Blomkamp also denied that the movie was political, but admitted that, “the inspiration was to try to turn the metaphor for the haves and have-nots into an environment for the extrapolation of extreme wealth.”
Media critic Dan Gainor told KTRH even Hollywood doesn't believe him.
“When the Hollywood media like ‘variety’ comes out and says this is a socialist film, it’s a hint,” Gainor told KTRH.
Gainor says Elysium is the 4th movie to come out this year to embrace liberal views.
“Invariably, they’re all violent,” Gainor said.
And it’s not the first time Hollywood has released a movie with political messages this year.
“This is the fourth movie that’s come out this year that has adopted ‘Occupy Wall Street’ themes,” Gainor explained.
So what can you do if you don’t want politics invading your entertainment?
“Investigate the movie beforehand and make sure it meets your requirements,” Gainor stated.
‘Elysium’ was the top movie at the box office this past weekend.