Waiting patiently in the wings of the summer movie season is Elysium, the new sci-fi project from District 9 director Neil Blomkamp. After the first Elysium trailer kicked things off with a bang and splash of futuristic Halo-style action, an extended trailer for the film showcased the depth of Blomkamp’s sci-fi allegory for modern problems concerning the widening economic gap between rich and poor.
Elysium trailer 3 (watch it above) is sort of an amalgamation of the first and second trailers, encompassing more of the story while also teasing some intense action bits throughout.
Clearly, fans of District 9 are in for a treat; in many ways, Elysium looks like a companion piece to that first Blomkamp feature film, down to the particular sci-fi aesthetic and marriage of serious socio-political issues to photorealistic video game-style action. And, for those who will think to make the aforementioned Halo connections; Blomkamp (before his District 9 debut) was considered for the job – do you think he’s the man for it?
Elysium will be in theaters on August 9, 2013.