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.
If you didn’t get it from the trailer, 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.
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.