Matt Damon’s newest starring vehicle, “Elysium,” isn’t exactly a ride many of us hope for, but it is what’s in store for the future of not just America, but of mankind.
Have you seen it?
The vision of the future South African director Neill Blomkamp, director of “District 9,” has for the planet isn’t exactly the rosy utopia those advocates of mass immigration, multiculturalism and bilingualism imagine.
The film, set in 2154, depicts a Los Angeles that looks like Sao Paulo on blight steroids, with skyscrapers degenerating into nothing more than shantytowns.
No one speaks English, and we are told in the opening frames of the movie that crime, poverty, misery and an overpopulated planet have forced the wealthy to abandon earth and live in a space station where advances in technology have led to the eradication of hunger and disease. In many areas of our country, such a migration has become known as the “great white flight” – crudely summing up the relocation of those members of a population who have adequately prepared for their present and future to areas containing a much less prevalent element of crime, poverty and general degradation of society.
Entertainment magazine interviewed Blomkamp prior the movie’s release, and he let slip a secret regarding whether or not the film is a dystopian view of the future or something else:
“So: Health care. Immigration. Economic disparities. Environmental degradation. Any of this sound familiar? ‘Everybody wants to ask me lately about my prediction for the future, whether I think this is what will happen in 140 years,’ Blomkamp says, riding shotgun in a red Prius amid the soft green lawns and swaying palm trees of Beverly Hills. ‘No, no, no. This isn’t science fiction. This is today. This is now.’”
“This is today! This is now!”
Wired magazine published an interview that allowed Blomkamp to go further in-depth about his view of the future of mankind, where he pointed out that he hopes to one day purchase a skyscraper in his native South Africa (Johannesburg) … his own private “Elysium” above a failing city. WND columnist Ilana Mercer has documented this better than anyone else.
Here’s what the Wired article reveled about Blomkamp’s personal politics:
The director finds it unfortunate that observers are already drawing parallels between “Elysium” and the Occupy movement, a phenomenon that he says wasn’t even a consideration.
Blomkamp identifies as neither liberal nor conservative, which doesn’t stop people from ascribing all sorts of agendas to him and his films. The focus group’s comments for an “Elysium” test screening bears this out: “Some people said, ‘This guy’s a racist!’and other people, ‘He’s a liberal!’ It’s like, well, which is it?”
It’s a good sign, in his view, that the film provokes such disparate reactions. But he doesn’t care for the idea that by making two Big Theme movies he’s bound to be branded a political filmmaker. “That would be the worst calamity of my career,” Blomkamp says. Though given that he’ll soon be back shooting in Johannesburg, it’s easy to imagine worse calamities.
Around his neck, tucked under his T-shirt, Blomkamp wears a talisman bearing the Latin phrase Dominus custodiat unum (“May God bless you and keep you”). It’s a gift from Tatchell (his wife), intended to keep him from getting shot on return trips to his homeland.
He’d better hold on to it. Within six years, Blomkamp hopes to buy a skyscraper, maybe 40 or 50 floors, in downtown Johannesburg – a place to stay when he’s in town. He insists it’s not such a crazy dream; since the crime rate skyrocketed in the downtown area in the late ’90s, so many high-rises went vacant that they can now be had for a relative pittance. He envisions the building as his own version of the Blade Runner’s Tyrell Corporation headquarters.
It sounds a lot like his own little version of “Elysium,” I point out. “Exactly,” he says. “That’s exactly what I want.”
It’s been more than a decade since Sports Illustrated published a story in which I pointed out a number of things about New York City that Blomkamp’s “Elysium” clearly indicates as not only leading to a dystopian future, but a present-day disaster.
Earlier this month I did a Reddit Live chat at Reddit.com. I was asked a question regarding New York City and immigration that seems apropos to bring up now.
The question was: “Why don’t you consider the racial diversity in New York City a good thing?”
My answer was this: “I have no problem with diversity. I do have a problem with the intentional lack of a willingness to assimilate. I have lived abroad in Puerto Rico three times, Mexico and Venezuela once, and when I lived abroad I conformed to the culture I was in and never expected them to conform to me. I feel it shows a great amount of disrespect to one’s hosts if you expect them to conform to you. I feel that immigrants of past generations understood that the only way for them to truly realize everything this great nation has to offer was to assimilate. I feel that realization is lost on the majority of our modern immigrants. I lived in the most diverse space you can imagine (a professional baseball clubhouse) for 13 years of my life. I was surrounded by diversity all day every day, and I loved it. Making no effort to assimilate to the heritage of a country I love and a country you volunteered to immigrate to simply offends me.”
Immigration is a voluntary act, whereby a citizen of a country decides that the opportunities available in another nation are better than those in his or her homeland.
The problem with today’s current and proposed immigration policies and the discussion by Congress to award amnesty to 20–30 million (don’t believe for a second it’s only 10–20 million) illegal immigrants is that there has been absolutely no discussion on the importance of assimilation to our culture and the consequences of this inaction to foster an appreciation for the heritage of America.
In a way, you could say modern-day America is like the space station sanctuary of “Elysium.”
But with open borders and a Congress that has no problem granting amnesty to scores of millions, our future as a nation is looking like the dystopian world the wealthy in “Elysium” were desperately force to leave behind.