The latest trailer for Elysium combines action and social commentary in kick-ass fashion
After what has amounted to a Summer of lukewarm movies, ELYSIUM stands tall as a potential savior to the box office season. The first pair of trailers for the movie gave us epic visuals reminiscent of Neill Blomkamp's DISTRICT 9 and the promise of societal allegory regarding economics, class diversity, and more. Plus, Matt Damon with robot arms and Sharlto Copley looking badass.
This new trailer teases a lot of plot, a lot of action, but does so without giving away too much. We still don't know exactly how everything will play out just that it involves lots of robots and dirty technology. I am very excited for ELYSIUM.
In the year 2154 the economic gap has grown SO wide that the impoverished masses live on a third-world Earth, while the wealthy elite reside off-planet on the pristine space station community “Elysium,” free of disease, hunger and strife. Matt Damon stars as Max De Costa, a blue-collar ex-con who suffers a horrific accident that leaves him facing a terminal prognosis. With his life – and the life of a friend’s (Alice Braga) daughter – hanging in the balance, Max undergoes a brutal procedure to be outfitted with an exoskeleton enhancement that will allow him to breach Elysium’s defenses. However, Elysium administrator Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster) becomes aware of Max’s invasion plans, and she activates her best agent, Kruger (Sharlto Copley), to hunt the perpetrators down with extreme prejudice.
Matt Damon looks like a future version of Jason Bourne, except with a sense of humor. I like that Copley is playing a villainous character in this and Jodie Foster looks completely against type. Blomkamp is solidifying once again why he should direct a HALO movie with his gritty visual style and bleak vision of our future.
ELYSIUM opens on August 9, 2013.