I was invited by Sony publicity to a special midday preview of footage from Neil Blomkamp‘s Elysium (Sony, 8.9). I rsvp’ed right away to the emailed invite but when I clicked through on my iPhone it led to an image of some dorky moron that told me to tilt the phone, blah blah. I’ve no patience with apps that don’t reveal information simply and instantly so I ignored it after that. I drove down to Sony Studios at 11:30 am today only to be told that the event was being held at Hollywood’s Arclight. Terrific.

I hate iPhone apps that don’t do what they’re supposed to do. “Why didn’t you guys just put the basic information on the initial email instead of asking people to click through on some slow-moving app that doesn’t work?”, I asked when I realized my error. Then I got philosophical about it. Today’s event just didn’t have my name on it — that’s all.

Synopsis: “In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.”