‘Elysium’ Trailer: ‘District 9′ Director Neil Blomkamp’s New Sci-Fi Film

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 11th, 2013 at 11:01 am,

Elysium is the second feature-length film written and directed by Neil Blomkamp (District 9) – featuring a cast that includes Matt Damon (The Bourne Ultimatum), Oscar-winner Jodie Foster (The Beaver), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Alice Braga (Predators), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad) and William Fichtner (Prison Break), all playing humans in the year 2154: a time when the wealthy upper-class resides comfortably on a space station orbiting the Earth, while the poor and destitute live on the ruined planet’s surface below.

Blomkamp has been developing his new opera of intense (re: very violent) sci-fi action and allegorical drama since District 9 opened four years ago, with the film generating advanced buzz through an impressive showing at Comic-Con 2012 and steady drip-dropping of images and plot/character information over the past nine months or so.

Of course, everyone know there’s no better way to really get any film conversation going than with a trailer – and that’s what we have to offer today, following hot on the heels of preview footage screenings in select cities around the U.S. (read our breakdown of the event HERE).


elysium poster Elysium Trailer: District 9 Director Neil Blomkamps New Sci Fi Film

The Elysium trailer is an intriguing compilation of sci-fi action and genre influences, be it the Halo-esque robotics and armor (a carryover from when Blomkamp was adapting the video game to film), shades of WALL·E and the Apartheid-inspired District 9 in the post-apocalyptc metropolitan settings on Earth – not to mention, the political subtext and social themes of the film – and the glimpses at elaborate advancements in healthcare technology that fuels the plot; or, rather, motivates Damon’s character to rage against his pre-destined (and premature) demise.

Overall, the trailer makes Blomkamp’s sophomore feature seem promising enough to stand up as a worthwhile piece of science fiction – essentially one that is both thought-provoking and entertaining to watch – even coming not so long after this year’s two other dystopian futuristic tales (Oblivion and After Earth) that have, to a degree, related visual styles and story content.


Look for Elysium when it opens in theaters on August 9th, 2013.

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  1. I’m sure After Earth will be ok.
    Oblivion will be better than AE but I think Elysium will be the best of the 3.

  2. What’s with the sci fi overload?

    • No such thing my friend, no such thing.

      • +1

  3. FINALLY 2013 has arrived. I’ve been a normal guy on the outside all my life, while deep inside I’ve been this craaazy sci fi fan!!!! For someone like me… this overload of sci fi/comic book hero flicks is loooong overdue!!! I’ll be in heaven for the next few years!!!

    • Amen to that brother, I’ve been feeling the same all my life. Now it’s the time for all us hidden nerds to come out of the closet and scream our love for geeky stuff. Lords of the Rings started the thing for 90′s young adults like me, Avengers, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, Elysium will hopefully keeping the fire burning.

      • Why are you hidden???

        Shout it anyway, besides there’s more of US than there are of THEM so not only do we have weight in numbers but powerful ailes in important positions through out society.

        Oh yeah we also have lightsabers, lasers, magic powers and all that other cool stuff… they’ve got X-Factor and Funnest Home Videos.

        NEVER, EVER be ashamed of your geek love, feel pity for THEM as their world is such a drab place, ours is full of light (apart from the dark bits lol)

  4. Best part is terminating/cleaning up cancer.. AWESOME!

  5. Ooh evil rich people, noble poor people ooh! Another politically charged flop for Damon. To bad too, I like Neil. The guy can’t make a movie without some kind of message screaming at you in the face.

    • It does seem a bit hypocritical, for a guy spending millions of dollars of rich investors money, to make a movie about how rotten rich people are.

      • You guys don’t actually know what the movie’s themes are plot are. Might want to reserve judgement – just in case, you know, you turn out to be way wrong about it.

        Just a suggestion.

        • ^ ditto

  6. This is going to be a kiss-ass spring and summer at the movies for us ge eks,I can already feel my arteries clogging up from all of the buttery buckets of popcorn I’m going to be eating while watching all of these sci-fi/comic book movies coming out this year.

  7. If matt damon is in it then it will be overly political and preachy from a guy who is worth millions and loves to complain anyway.

  8. That movie looks awesome

    • Watching this preview kind of reminds me of watching the 1st preview I saw for The Matrix. Cant explain why.

  9. I hate Matt Damon.
    I also hate that I have to watch him in this movie….

    This looks really good.

  10. Remind me of Battle Angel anime… Anyone?

    • Definetely the idea is very similar to Battle Angel Alita (Gunmm): floating town, no pain, no death, a sort of paradise called Salem against the dump town below it where people must change some body’s parts to survive and fight. Both are ruled by AI and robots.

    • My thoughts exactly when my older sister was explaining to me what the movie was about after she’d watched it. I told her it sounded a lot like Battle Angel.

  11. Why not get Denzel for this role? It feels like a sci-fi version of John Q.

    • How do u figure?

  12. Elysium blatantly borrows from a 1990 Japanese comic called Battle Angel Alita that James Cameron bought the right to. You should check it out-it is too eerily similar to ignore. I hope the creator of Alita, Yukito Kishiro, gets compensated.

  13. Anyone else notice that at 32 seconds, whatever that is, looks like a halo ring, and that the plane, is clearly a revamped pelican? Before you go crazy in the reply’s, I know its left over from him making the halo movie. I just wanted to point it out

  14. Endless, ‘pre–cick’d–Abel’ predictive programming
    for the ‘Agenda 21′ cull—ectivist EXTERMINATION ‘plan’.

    ————————-and over-produced as usual.