Greetings from Elysium

I was a bootlegger in a previous life. By this I mean that when I was sixteen and in lower sixth form I started a school-wide distribution business of bootleg DVDs. Poorly made recordings of new movies were the rage at the time and there was an ample market to duplicate and resell what we acquired. My business expanded and I took the operation outside of the confines of our school and into our community. I reinvested my profits and interesting things happened. I lost money in the end and had to give up the operation for good. Many lessons were learnt. It was with a certain reminiscent satisfaction that I bought a well recorded bootleg copy of Elysium in a Pakistani restaurant from a Chinese woman in East London. I had come a far way. This blog is not about me or my past or future. I am merely setting the tone for my discussion of the movie Elysium which I saw today. The movie pitted a dying man on earth against an entire system which ruled earth from a space installation called Elysium. On Elysium they had everything, from nice houses to machines which cure cancer. On earth people lived in squalor and worked in de-humanizing conditions. The main character was forced by his boss to put his life at risk or...

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