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

New Elysium trailer with Matt Damon

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.

New Elysium trailer with Matt Damon
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.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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