Jodie Foster takes on sci-fi in ‘Elysium’
Two-time Oscar winner's performance adds to her roster of powerful roles

HARD-LINER. Foster upholds the status quo in space. Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

MANILA, Philippines – “If you try to give Elysium to everybody, you’ll end up giving it to nobody,” says Jodie Foster on her latest sci-fi flick, “Elysium.”

The two-time Academy Award winner plays Secretary Delacourt, a hard-line official dedicated to keeping the luxurious space station Elysium exclusive to the wealthy.

Foster describes Elysium as a utopia, ”what earth could have been but wasn’t.”

While Elysium thrives in perfection, Earth rots in chaos, with its people desperate to find escape.

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Foster is challenged by Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary citizen, on a dangerous mission to save millions of lives on Earth.

But the Secretary is just as determined to keep immigrants out of Elysium.

“She’s finding herself handcuffed by a new, more liberal administration. But she’s 108 years old, she remembers when Earth was falling apart and why they created Elysium in the first place,” explains Foster.

“She knows what will happen if you let everybody in – it’ll end up just like Earth.”

Foster said the dystopian nature of the film fascinated her.

“I love the themes of this movie,” she says. “The rich have become richer and the poor have become poorer.

“That extends to everything, from who gets to be healthy, to who gets to have children, who gets to have a family and who gets to escape the poisoned environment.

“The chasm has become so enormous that, in the movie, it’s literally two different worlds.”

Watch the ‘Elysium’ trailer here:

“Elysium” topped the US box office in its opening weekend, earning some $30 million.

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As a child actor, Jodie Foster earned critical notice for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1975).”

Her lead performances in “The Accused (1988)” and “The Silence of the Lambs (1991)” each earned her a Best Actress trophy at the Oscars. –

‘Elysium’ opens in Philippine cinemas on September 4.