Matt Damon’s latest venture Elysium is currently showing on the big screen. The dystopian vision of the future sees the Earth rendered almost unfit for human habitation. Fortunately for those with enough money, Elysium offers a home free from pollution and even better, science has invented a machine that can cure any disease or ailment. Unfortunately for those left on earth, not only is the atmosphere highly unpleasant, human life is cheap and if you’re ill, you’re stuck with traditional drugs – if you can afford them.
Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) is one of the unfortunates on Earth. A reformed criminal with a long rap sheet, he’s managed to find work at a factory that builds the androids that police Earth. However, an industrial accident leaves him with five days to live, so in desperation, he makes a deal that will see him able to afford a trip to Elysium for a cure. Since he’s in such bad condition, he’s given a robotic exoskeleton which proves exceptionally useful.
It’s a thought provoking, multi-layered film but it’s by no means the first to feature a cyborg. Here’s a selection of some of the best cyborgs in movies.
Virus stars Jamie Lee Curtis and William Baldwin in a film about a computer virus that just happens to be a sentient alien life form intent on taking over the world. Humans are useful for spare parts, and when the crew of a damaged tug boat discover an abandoned ship, they board it to mine for salvage, little knowing that they are the ones likely to be salvaged.
Jamie Lee Curtis is open about the fact that she thinks the film is truly dreadful. In an interview with IGN.com, she boasted about the time that Rob Reiner held a bad show business party to celebrate his birthday. Everyone had to bring a show business clip of their worst moment and although Rob’s clip of a hippie on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C singing the Dylan classic ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ was bad, Curtis’ clip beat it hands down. She claims that that was the only thing that made being in Virus worth it – she is able to say that she was in the best bad movie.
A set of action figures, the Virus Collector Series was released in conjunction with the film. It included dolls of all the main characters, including cyborg parts for the appropriate characters who came with bits to turn them back to human again. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find one of these online…