In the year 2154, the population is divided into two classes. One is rich, the haves who inhabit a luxurious space station Elysius and the other half, the have-nots occupy the over populated earth. Elysiumís hawkish Secretary of Defense, has devoted her entire life to see to it that people from the earth do not get admittance into Elysium. The inhabitants of Elysium are protected by medical wizardry whereas the occupants of earth struggle to survive against disease and death. 36 year old Max, who works at an assembly line for Armadyne Corp, accidentally is exposed to radiation. His only chance of survival is to gain access to Elysium. If he succeeds, then he breaks the barrier between the rich and the poor and brings about a sense of equality among all and if he fails, then it is a loss of hope for survival for millions.