“District 9” director Neill Blomkamp (he of the totally unnecessary extra “L” in his first name) returns with “Elysium”, the latest sci-fi epic that is really one big ol allegory for Blomkamp’s take on immigration and class and all that good stuff, built around a sci-fi setting. Matt Damon plays our hero in this particular tale, a downtrodden Everyman who must knock those evil rich people down a peg or two, even if he has to solder an exo-suit on his body to do it. Take that, evil rich people!
Get your first look at the first trailer for “Elysium” below, those of you who enjoy getting first looks at first trailers for expensive sci-fi Hollywood movies.
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.
Also starring Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Michael Shanks, Diego Luna, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Faran Tahir, Carly Pope, Talisa Soto, Ona Grauer, and Terry Chen.
Saving the future this August 9, 2013.
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