Multcolib Picks: If you like Elysium

Cell 211
Cell 211 DVD - 2011 Spanish DVD SPANISH Action CELL Available in some locations

Annotation:In the film Elysium, the planet Earth is a de facto prison for masses of oppressed people. Celda 211 is more brutal than Elysium, but this prison film from Spain has a keen social conscience. Described as “a white-hot prison drama with a Byzantine plot and enough gore to make Reservoir Dogs look like a petting zoo” by The Globe and Mail.

Fiskadoro By Johnson, Denis Book - 1995 SF JOHNSON Available in some locations

Annotation:A teenage boy passes through harrowing rituals in the post-apocalyptic Florida Keys, where inhabitants speak an artfully imagined mixture of English and Spanish.

Savages DVD - 2012 DVD Action SAVAGES Available in some locations

Annotation:An environmentalist and a mercenary growing marijuana find themselves at violent odds with evil Mexican cartel figures.

King Rat
King Rat By Miéville, China Book - 1999 FICTION MIEVILLE Available in some locations

Annotation:No list of left-leaning sci fi entertainment would be complete without at least one China Miéville novel. While none of this author’s inventive, heart-stoppingly well-written, varied novels are ringers for Elysium, his King Rat features a young male protagonist faced with harrowing danger.

Brown Girl in the Ring
Brown Girl in the Ring By Hopkinson, Nalo Book - 1998 SF HOPKINSON 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ti-Jeanne lives in the Burn, the ravaged, lawless remains of Toronto. She and the other inhabitants have been abandoned, and are effectively imprisoned, by all who had enough influence to follow corporate powers out. To save her child and her ex-lover Tony, she must draw on her Afro-Caribbean spirit heritage in this fantasy dystopia.

Fractions The First Half of the Fall Revolution By MacLeod, Ken Book - 2008 SF MACLEOD 2008 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 1 copy

Annotation:A favorite of sci fi fans with political sensibilities, Scottish author Ken Macleod offers smart, fast-moving fiction infused with socialist, utopian, dystopian, anarchist, and Trotskyist ideas. One particularly cool device in this series is Moh Kohn’s artificially intelligent Gun.

Kongen av Bastøy
Kongen av Bastøy King of Devil's Island DVD - 2011 Norwegian DVD Foreign KONGEN All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:“A blend of Scum and Papillon set on a snowy Norwegian island, this is based on a true story. Brutally run by Stellan Skarsgård's Bestyreren, Bastoy, a school for ‘maladjusted young boys’, has all the familiar cruelties – abuse, lice inspections, solitary confinement and a diet of raw fishheads. But when the hulking Erling arrives, the boys have a new hero and one senses rebellion might not be far off.” —

Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Sower By Butler, Octavia E. Book - 2000 SF BUTLER 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:California, like the rest of the world, is in jobless, violent chaos in this novel by MacArthur Genius Award winner Octavia Butler. A young Black woman whose home is in a walled community near Los Angeles is forced to flee. Lauren Olamina utilizes the example of her Baptist minister father, creating her own religion, Earthseed.

District B13
District B13 DVD - 2006 DVD Foreign DISTRICT All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:When corrupt politicians wall in the inhabitants of “Banlieue 13,” zany drug lords rise to power. Buff, confident Leïto resists the degradation of his ‘hood, refusing to bow to the criminals. A more upbeat dystopia set in Paris, and echoing the real-life situation of immigrants living in Parisian slums. Leïto, played by Parkour founder David Belle, out-Parkours all comers, but has a vulnerability.

The Windup Girl
The Windup Girl By Bacigalupi, Paolo Book - 2009 SF BACIGALUP 2009 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 13 copies

Annotation:American company man Anderson meets bio-engineered sex slave Emiko in this fast-paced dystopian biopunk novel.

Equilibrium DVD - 2011 DVD SciFi EQUILIBRI All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:If you enjoy action and politics, here’s another fast-moving movie with a message and an A-list cast. “‘Equilibrium’ would be a mindless action picture, except that it has a mind. It doesn't do a lot of deep thinking, but unlike many futuristic combos of sf and f/x, it does make a statement: Freedom of opinion is a threat to totalitarian systems." - Roger Ebert

Elite squad
Elite squad the enemy within DVD - 2011 Portuguese DVD Foreign ELITE Available in some locations

Annotation:Wagner Moura of Elysium fame plays a special ops squad commander in this movie full of prison and gang violence and sociopolitical rage. “There is a deep sense of indignation at the core of The Enemy Within, a righteous fury that pelts every cog of ‘the system’ like machine-gun fire.” - The Miami Herald

Elysium DVD DVD SciFi ELYSIUM Available in some locations

Annotation:Matt Damon plays Max, an oppressed L.A. underdog in a future U.S. where the social contract is less than a memory, and the elites have departed planetary hell for a paradisiacal space station, in this intense action film. The cast spans the Americas, featuring Brazilian actors Alice Braga and Wagner Moura, and Mexican actor Diego Luna.

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Elysium delivers high octane action; multicultural identities of North and Latin America; and a protest against corruption, injustice, poverty and oppression, all made more watchable with a love interest and an unintentional cyber hero. Here are books and movies that share dystopian imaginings, rage against the machine, and Anglo and Latin cultures and characters. - Izetta I.

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