Elysium: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Saturday, August 10, 2013

Standing right beside Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim as two of the most anticipated original sci-fi films of 2013, The Daily Zombies takes a final look at Elysium, Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his critically acclaimed sci-fi début, District 9

Hitting the screens this weekend across most regions, Neill Blomkamp's Elysium has been in our list of most anticipated films of 2013 for some time. While we all love ourselves some guilty pleasures with intelligent yet intense action-packed sci-fi films once in a while (based on the current trend in cinema, not frequent enough), Elysium is shaping up to bear more similarity with the talented South African-Canadian film-maker's previous film, District 9, than just its genre. 

Running on a shoestring budget and featuring virtually unknown cast, District 9 turned out be a breakout hit in 2009 and more remarkably, it is easily one of the most innovative original sci-fi properties from Hollywood in years. While maintaining its entertainment value as a big bold action film, the film explored timely themes such as xenophobia and social segregation, slipping in social commentary in the guise of a standard Hollywood fare. On the other hand, Elysium featured a much-elevated budget with notable Hollywood mainstay Matt Damon taking on the protagonist role while both Jodie Foster and Blomkamp's frequent collaborator Sharlto Copley took on the antagonist roles. And yet social commentary looms big in the background as the film explores heavy themes income inequality, healthcare, immigrant issues and more. 

The trailers released thus far have done a good job in convincing us that if anything else, the film would at least be an intense action film. So how can one lose out in a potential marriage of intelligence and action when original properties are so lacking in cinemas these days. Yes, this s not an adaptation, a sequel, a remake, or a reboot, and it could very well step in the unfortunate path of Pacific Rim as a critically acclaimed flop. And that in itself gives us more reasons to support Elysium.

With no further ado, hit the jump to check out the trailers.

The final official trailer.

The extended trailer.

The World of Elysium Featurette.

The Tech of Elysium Featurette.

And here are some of the posters released thus far for the film.

The first poster.

An unauthorized but nonetheless awesome piece on the film conjured by artist Juan Hugo Martinez.

Artist Matt Ferguson also took a shot at the film with this huge 36 X 18"print.

Courtesy of Blurppy, here's Matt has to say for his piece:

I chose to create a poster for Elysium because first and foremost I LOVE District 9 and this looks to almost be a spiritual successor, you can tell from the footage so far released that it is firmly in the same vein of thoughtful Sci-Fi. I can’t wait to see the film. I also felt that this film has similar elements to the subject matter in my next BIG, personal project and saw it as a chance to do a dry run on what is coming later in the year.

Thanks to Moviefone, here are some concept art pieces 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.

An alternate synopsis:

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. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

Elysium is currently in fine theaters everywhere.


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