New ‘Elysium’ Trailer Offers an Extended Look at Neil Blomkamp’s Sci-Fi Film

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Warning: Trailer Contains Mild Plot Spoilers!

In Elysium, Matt Damon plays Max De Costa, a former criminal-turned factory worker living in the year 2154, where the top 1% of the wealth class live a pristine existence free of disease, violence and poverty aboard the orbiting space station Elysium – named for the Elysian Fields in Greek mythology – and the rest of the human population resides on a devastated Earth surface below.

An accident at work leaves Max with only days to live, which motivates him to take drastic action and have a powerful metal exoskeleton attached to his body, so he can make his way aboard Elysium and receive the medical treatment he needs. However, Max soon realizes there is far more at stake here than his own personal survival.

Elysium is the second feature-length sci-fi film written and directed by Neil Blomkamp (District 9). The supporting cast includes Jodie Foster (The Beaver), Diego Luna (Casa de mi Padre), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad), Alice Braga (Predators), William Fitchner (The Lone Ranger) and District 9 star Sharlto Copley.

elysium trailer matt damon New Elysium Trailer Offers an Extended Look at Neil Blomkamps Sci Fi Film

Matt Damon in ‘Elysium’

The extended Elysium trailer dives further into the storyline found in Blomkamp’s film, including the subplot where Max rekindles ties with his old flame (Braga) – who has a sickly daughter – and some of Copley’s powers, as the exoskeleton-enhanced Kruger (whom the actor has described as a “relentless attack dog”). It all seems quite compelling, with a timely subtext about social and economic inequality boiling so-no-far below the surface.

Similarly, the action and cinematography seem top-notch in execution and show how Blomkamp has grown as a filmmaker since making District 9 (not to mention, made good use of his larger budget). The visual aesthetic of the futuristic robot police and tech continue to recall that for video games like Mass Effect and Halo – which Blomkamp nearly adapted into a movie – with the dystopian Earth cities resembling Mega City One from Dredd (to name a recent example). Nonetheless, the film appears to be a well-designed pastiche of these genre influences.


Elysium opens in U.S. theaters on August 9th, 2013.

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  1. This looks ridiculously amazing. I can deffinitly see some reused Halo stuff that was initially created for the bloomkamp defunct Halo movie. Elysium naturally being one but the shuttle with just minor alterations looking pretty much like a unsc pelican. I wonder if he came up with this specifically not to let the pre-production work they did for halo go to waste.

  2. Looks good although it doesn’t have to be 2175 with rich people living on a space station. Thats how it is now.

    • Which is exactly the point Blomkampf is trying to make with this movie.

      • Damn scary……. but awesome!!!!!!!!

  3. Wow! This looks incredible! Huge fan of Damon and Blomkamp, and this trailer is even better than the first one. Definitely my most anticipated movie of August (not that that’s saying much…)

  4. The old Rich People are bad, poor people are good , healthcare should be free, there should be no class ,communism sh*t coming from liberal hollywood . I’ll pass

    • You must be Rich or a Poor fool…..

      In this story the Rich are Bad considering that their rich endeavors are fueled by the economic suffering of individuals who live on earth (Do you think that space station would survive without earth?). Does this relationship sound familiar? Think of Africa and America, Better yet think of the Director’s Origin!


      • Even after all this time….

        The sheep don’t understand.

        - N

    • Take it your not a fan of Star Trek either where there is no money everything provided by the Federation (State) or technology (replicators) no disease, poverty, crime, class.

  5. My most anticipated movie of the summer.
    And finally Damon is a badass again…

  6. I bet this will slap every genre movie aside for the year.


  7. Not sure this will be that great. I might give it a Netflix peek, tho.

  8. Can’t even watch the trailer because it’s hosted on Yahoo and HORRIBLY SLOW. Had to go to YouTube to watch a decent version of it that didn’t lag out half way through.
    Stop using Yahoo for your trailers.

    • Loaded fine with me, user issue :(

  9. Blomkamp reminds me of a young Cameron doing some groundbreaking Sci-fi at a similiar age.This looks brilliant.

    • I might add I want to see more of Copley and Fichtner’s character. But mainly Copley.

  10. Can’t wait for this!! Activate Kruger!!

  11. Finally. A movie this year with action, and God forbid, some thought put into it. Like another poster said, this mirrors exactly what is beginning in the world today, and if it isn’t stopped, it won’t be 1984. It will be Elysium.

  12. I just saw the whole movie in condensed form, but I couldn’t bring myself to stop watching. Looks amazing!

  13. Ummm… WOW!!!
    This looks pretty fantastic.
    Of the 3 Sci-Fi releases this year that have the most talk (Oblivion, After Earth, Elysium) I have hoped Elysium will be the best of the bunch and even after only a 3 minute trailer this looks better than Oblivion and After Earth combined.
    Blomkamp seems to be on the cusp of joining the ranks of the best directors working today.

  14. Social inequality…another buzzword of the left…this is what communism brings to the table every time it is tried. matt Damon should have been cast as one of the elitists on the station as that is what he pushes in real life. That being said, many in power have stated that they intend for the majority of the world to be enslaved and or removed. Read the Georgia Guide Stones!

    • ‘That being said, many in power have stated that they intend for the majority of the world to be enslaved and or removed.’

      And movies like this help the elite do this by….

      Your turn, bane. :-)

      - N