It has been a couple years since the rousing success of Neil Blomkamp’s District 9, and the man has been busy playing with more money and a significant larger scale, but by the looks of the trailer, not abandoning his social-commentary one little bit. Here a shiny-domed Matt Damon straps on his own sleek exoskeletion Robocop suit in the slums of Earth and looks to bring a little hell in the paradise of Elysium, a satellite in orbit that has a very nice “Ringworld” (If you’re a fan of Larry Niven) aesthetic. I can’t wait for this, and it is coming at the tail end of Summer.
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. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max, an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.