Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ELYSIUM Trailer Drops!

Neill Blomkamp burst onto the movie scene in 2009 with DISTRICT 9. The film was smart, original, and ended up being one of my favorites last year. Now, he's back with his sophomore feature, ELYSIUM, which looks just as amazing. He's sticking with the sic-fi background, but from the looks of the first trailer, it's telling a broader story.

Here's the synopsis:

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station that is disguised as a massive floating city 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 to bring equality to these worlds is Max Coburn (Matt Damon), a 29 year-old 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 mayor, Secretary Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) 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.

Check the new trailer after the break.

One aspect that drew me to Blomkamp's first film was his aesthetic. The giant spaceships in the sky always make me excited. From the trailer, Blomkamp isn't afraid to tread on the political line to tell a story, and I can't wait to see what articles this film will produce.

ELYSIUM will be released August 9, 2013, directed by Neill Blomkamp, and stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, and Diego Luna. 

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