Trailer #2: Elysium

Back in April, Kurt posted the trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated original sci-fi film Elysium. There was definitely some major excitement over it then, the idea that Matt Damon was teaming up with Blomkamp, the man behind District 9 – another original sci-fi film that is mostly liked around these parts.

Now, there is a new trailer out and I’ll warn you: don’t watch it if you don’t want a lot of the film revealed. The trailer clocks in at just over three minutes and it provides a much more in-depth look at the movie and there are plenty of potential spoilers.

Really though, this looks to be the most exciting and original film of the summer. It also is one of the few big budget movies (although with a $90 million budget, shouldn’t we be very impressed with Blomkamp when a crapfest like Avatar costs ~$250 million?) coming out that is not a sequel or an adaptation of some sort. This pleases me.

Elysium, which co-stars Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, and William Fichtner, hits theaters on August 9, 2013.

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Andrew James

OK, this looks way better than the original trailer. But still – does anyone seriously not see the obviousness that this is a scattered HALO idea?

Everything (everything) in this trailer looks like aspects of HALO. The friendly soldiers are identical. The airships are identical. The ground forces and weapons are fucking identical. The enemy super soldiers have exactly the same weaponry as the elites and hunters in Halo. The ships look very very similar. Not to mention our super soldier is fighting a GIANT FUCKING HALO in the sky!? Considering Blomkamp was at one point slated to direct the Halo movie, I don’t think I’m taking very big leaps here. At all.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I just don’t think it’s the huge original piece of awesome people seem to be claiming. I’ll probably see it at some point, but I wouldn’t say I’m excited.

Yes, I’m an asshole.


Yeah, sure, there is a halo-shaped space world in the sky, but Halo the game was about an interstellar war between humans and aliens. This is about a war between classes, which if anything, storywise that is similar to District 9, not Halo.

Michael M

Excessive physical force by authority, workplace safety problems… Neill Blomkamp just finds ways to tell his stories unlike any other “blockbuster” filmmakers in Hollywood. So psyched about this movie… 😀


Yay! Screen reports that Elysium is getting the upscaling to the IMAX format for its release, like Oblivion. This makes me happy.

More IMAX, less 3D please.

Rick Vance

So that was some real sensory overload, and I am still processing if it was in a good way or not.

Also crammed with references to science fiction of all stripes.

Sean Kelly

Sharlto Copley for the Win!


It was definitely quite a bait and switch for him to have his FACE BLOWN OFF at the start of the third act, only for him to be regenerated, kill Jodie Foster, and officially become the most bad ass film villain I’ve seen all year.

Andrew James

From my LetterBoxd:

About what I expected. Enjoyable enough to sit through but nothing particularly deep or thought-provoking. Plus there’s a lot to rag on this film about.

Seriously, what is Jodie Foster doing? Is that British or Russian you’re trying for? It might be fair to say that it’s 140 years in the future and language has evolved and cultures have collided so anything is possible, but everyone else in the film is decidedly French, Australian, Spanish or hoo-rah American. So what’s with the ham fisted accent?

With that off my chest, I thought the visuals were far out fantastic – especially anything in space or the pull out shots of Elysium itself. Sharlto Copley is channeling something not of this Earth and it’s great. The runaway performance though is very assuredly new comer (relatively) Wagner Moura. His performance out-Bardemed Bardem.

I was mostly with the action and all the Halo references but the final act threw me for a boredom loop. Another villain with a slightly bigger/newer suit for Damon to fist-fight on a gantry. Major snooze-fest.

Oh, and it’s about class warfare and immigration if you weren’t totally sure.