10 Must-See Popcorn Movies of Summer

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Elysium

By DAVID WEINER

March 31, 2013

Release Date: August 9

The Plot: Our future planet's wealthiest citizens have constructed the ultimate paradise in space where there's no poverty, illness or war. When Max (Matt Damon) attempts to infiltrate the orbiting luxury station, anti-immigration official Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster) is determined to stop him at all costs.

Why It's a Must-See: With Damon attempting to escape a diseased, polluted and overpopulated Earth for the utopian, off-world environment of Elysium, this dystopian vision written and directed by District 9's Neill Blomkamp "has a real social relevance," according to Foster, who points out to ET that "it's not a sequel, and it's not a franchise -- it's completely original, it's something new to jump on to."

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