Trailer: Elysium

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.

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antho42
Guest

District 9 is the opposite of Sunshine. The more I think about the film, the less I like it. The film has major tonal problems, more-so than the climax of the Sunshine, if you ask me.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

While I don’t entirely disagree with you Antho, (I am not a 100% booster of the film, I think the 1st half is so much better than the shoot-em-up of the second half), but cut the guy some slack for his first film, Sunshine was Danny Boyle well into his career, and it’s a bloody masterpiece, District 9 was a great promise that might be furhter fulfilled with Elysium!

Rick Vance
Guest

So am I going to be the crazy one about District 9 where I think it gets better once it drops the documentary stuff and becomes a pulpy action movie.

The opening stuff is so tired, so predictable and such an allegory for the real world that it makes it boring.

Voncaster
Guest

Seems like Apartheid is a theme that finds its way into Blomkamp’s films. I didn’t think District 9 was a masterpiece, but I do think its better than 90% of sci-fi put in theaters. I’m very much looking forward to this. The trailer looks really good.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

Agreed.

Antho42
Guest

On the superficial level, I am not digging Damon’s bold look.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

Is this the first Damon performance channelling stoic Vin Diesel?

Sean Kelly
Guest

I have to admit that I wasn’t super blown away by the trailer, but I’m still quite looking forward to seeing the film.

Kurt Kobalto
Guest

Sean has a good point. The trailer is very poor without pointing out anything relevant of the film. On purpose? Still, it is attractive enough to check the movie out.

Andrew James
Admin

Well, Blomkamp wanted to direct Halo. Well fans, here it is.

ZZzzzzzzzzzz.

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