Elysium: First Look

Posted by Grey Thursday, April 11, 2013

After his triumphant feature film début in 2009's District 9, Neill Blomkamp is back with yet another thought-provoking sci-fi film. The Daily Zombies takes a First Look at Elysium with the release of the first trailer of the film. 

Question: What happens when you give $100 million to Neill Blomkamp, the talented South African-Canadian film-maker that brought us District 9, easily one of the most innovative original sci-fi properties from Hollywood in years that happened to be running on shoestring budget and featuring virtually unknown cast? 

Answer: Elysium.

In 2009, Neill Blomkamp blown us away with District 9, his directorial début that was incidentally adapted from Alive in Joburg, a 2005 short film directed by Blomkamp himself. Featuring hard-hitting sci-fi action while not turning away from though-provoking themes such as xenophobia and social segregation, District 9 is easily one of the best original sci-fi properties from Hollywood in one hell of a long time.

With the relative success of District 9 thanks to the great word of mouth, Blomkamp was handed a loftier budget in his second feature film. Continuing Blomkamp's style of a balanced fusion between sci-fi action and social commentary, Elysium will reportedly be touching on the all-too-real themes of immigration and health care while dishing out the action. With the stronger budget and accolade built up by District 9, Elysium has attracted numerous talents with Matt Damon taking on the role of Max Da Costa, a desperate protagonist in a nightmarish futuristic setting. In 2159, mankind is segregated into two extreme classes: the wealthy live the high life on a man-made space station called Elysium while the rest of the humanity are forced to inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Planet Earth. Starring Jodie Foster as the antagonist role of Secretary Jessica Delacourt, who is the mayor of Elysium, the film also stars Blomkamp's frequent collaborator Sharlto Copley in another antagonist role.

Ahead of the film's release in August, Sony has released the first trailer, poster, as well as some official images from the film. With no further, hit the jump to check out the trailer.

The first poster of the film.

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and the film's official website, here are some cool set images from the film.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

Elysium is currently scheduled to be released on August 9, 2013.


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