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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DISTRICT 9 Director Neill Blomkamp Releases First Trailer for His Upcoming Sci-Fi Film, ELYSIUM, Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster

Someone mentioned on twitter a few days ago that there's been a real meh reaction to many trailers released earlier this year, and I definitely agree. As I've stated before, I've been quite numb watching a few of these trailers, many that seem to pop right out of a generic trailer dispenser by the dozen.

But, I've got to tell you, there's something very intriguing about this new trailer for the upcoming sci-fi film starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, ELYSIUM. Though the background score sounds like it was borrowed from Prometheus, the intensity of the clip truly grabs me. However, the movie is written and directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, who helmed 2009's District 9 (which I did not love). I do appreciate, though, that he seems to not attach himself to the generic, which works in his favor. A little more about the movie below (from Collider):

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.

I'm always down for an exploration of political strife in a futuristic film. And it looks like ELYSIUM may do a good job tackling that, especially with its two A-list stars. Also, when was the last great Jodie Foster film? She's a tremendous actress and deserves roles that show off her range. Damon, however, seems to have a steady stream of decent to amazing films under his belt, and he surely has revived the thinking man action star. In any case, check out the trailer below:

What do you think? Will you watch ELYSIUM when it releases in theaters August 9th?


Daniel said...

Elysium looks very impressive, Jodie Foster and Matt Damon are 2 of my favorites really looking forward to it.

Colin Biggs said...

I hope Foster brings it as the Secretary, she can be scary when she wants to be.

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