Shift Local Recommended Watch: Elysium

Mari and I watched Elysium on opening day since I ‘m a big fan of sci-fi and Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 is an amazing movie.  Both films arguably contain a socially conscious message that reflects our current problems.  While District 9 deals with hostile immigration issues, I see Elysium tackling the issues of why it’s important to buy from independent locally-owned businesses.

The Haves and the Have-nots

Do you know anyone that can afford to live in Elysium?

Do you know anyone that can afford to live in Elysium?

Matt Damon explains that

A science fiction film will work if it is a whole new world, but speaks to the world that we live in, but not in a heavy-handed way

So who in this world is Elysium directly speaking to?  Many critics point to the clear parallel between the film and the Occupy Movement, and topics of climate change, poverty, workforce exploitation, universal healthcare and open borders are all covered in Elysium.  I doubt many people who purchase a ticket to see this movie can proudly say that if the premise of this movie is true in this world,

I’m wealthy enough to live in Elysium

How Real is Elysium?

The growing income inequality in the United States is leading us to world like Elysium.  Two infographics shed light into why this is happening:

The Weight of Walmart

Walmart is Taking Over the Food System

As Mari mentioned in a previous post, we can’t simply shop our way to a better economy.  But we can stop shopping at the stores that hurt our local communities and increase income inequality even more.  

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