First Trailer for ELYSIUM

If you've ever read any of my reviews or follow this site at all you might know I am a huge sci-fi nerd and love a good sci-fi flick thus being the reason Elysium made my top 10 most anticipated films of 2013. And if you are any kind of sci-fi fan at all you probably fell in love with director Neill Blomkamp's 2009 directorial debut, District 9. I surely did and was amazed that such a film was made on such a tight budget. District 9 proved to be more touching, more introspective than any other sci-fi film in recent memory and the fact Blomkamp would be getting a good amount more money and big name actors to produce his second feature was almost too exciting to handle. Today, we finally get our first glimpse at his follow-up to District 9 and it looks pretty damn impressive. Matt Damon continues to prove his range as an actor (watch the Behind the Candelabra trailer that premiered yesterday and then this one again) while Jodie Foster also shows up to play what looks like a devilishly delicious, scenery-chewing role. Only the basics of the plot are known in that the earth has been divided into two classes in the year 2154 where the wealthy live on a space station which the film is named after while the poor still take residence on an overpopulated and ruined Earth. Damon's character wants to go to Elysium and thus he enlists the help of a few friends, a cool suit and the adventure begins. Undoubtedly there is much more to the plot than that, but this set-up is what we're served in the trailer along with a great sense of environment that is more gritty and grounded than the slick, clean feel of other sci-fi flicks we've seen recently. I'm more than intrigued by the trailer and can't wait to see the final product, what are your thoughts? Elysium also stars Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner and Diego Luna and opens on August 9th, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the trailer.


Synopsis: In the year 2154 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.