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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that action/sci-fi movie Elysium is the long-awaited follow-up from the director of District 9. Like its predecessor, it has lots of strong sci-fi violence. Viewers see shootings, stabbings, killings, dripping blood, explosions, and death. A woman is slapped and kidnapped, and the main character (played by Matt Damon) goes through a gory operation (an exoskeleton is grafted onto his skin). Language is also an issue, with more than a dozen uses of "f--k," and one use of "s--t." There's a hint of drinking and drugs being an issue on the Earth of 2514 -- extras are seen drinking, and pills are offered -- but this idea goes nowhere. The movie's message, while heavy handed, is a plea for tolerance, especially among social classes.
  • Families can talk about Elysium's violence. Is all of the gore and death necessary to convey its messages of tolerance?
  • If you were rich and lived in the movie's world, would you move to Elysium? Would you be interested in helping others?
  • Does this movie make you hate rich people or sympathize with them? Are they stereotypes? What are some ways to understand them better?
  • Can you think of other sci-fi movies (or other types of media) that have tackled political ideas through metaphor and fantasy?

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