Sony Shows the New Trailer from Neill Blomkamp’s ELYSIUM Plus 10 Minutes of Footage; Watch Our Spoiler-Free Video Blog Recap

     April 8, 2013


Did you like District 9?  Imagine if writer-director Neill Blomkamp had 100 million more dollars to play with and access to huge movie stars like Matt Damon and Jodie Foster to help tell his next story.  You’d then have Elysium.

Ever since the movie was first announced, we’ve been covering it here on Collider, including its presence at last year’s Comic-Con.  Since it’s the follow up to a great movie, we’ve definitely had high expectations.  If the ten minutes of footage and the new trailer that I watched today at the Arclight in Hollywood are any indications, not only will our lofty expectations be met, they’ll be exceeded by far.  We might be talking about the film of the summer.  Continued after the jump.

Elysium-posterWhile the ten minutes of footage and the trailer revealed a lot more about the story, as most of you know, I hate running spoilers.  So here’s the basics:

The movie is set in 2159, and two classes of people are divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth.  Matt Damon plays a desperate man who is trying to reach Elysium, Jodie Foster’s character runs Elysium, Sharlto Copley is an agent of Foster’s character living on Earth (he’s the one who tries to stop Damon), Alice Braga plays a doctor, and William Fichtner plays an extremely rich businessman.

What really struck me about the footage was how everything felt like a real place.  This isn’t some green screen movie.  Blomkamp filmed at real locations and used CG to amplify it.  For future Earth, they went to some dodgy places in Mexico City.  And for Elysium, they traveled to Vancouver and then added CG.  Trust me, the separate filming locations gives the film an air of authenticity that soundstages can’t ever reproduce.

Of course, while we all want a great story, the action is just as important.  Thankfully, some of the footage we were shown featuring Damon fighting futuristic robots was jaw dropping.  Again, the best way I can describe Elysium is to say it’s District 9 with a shitload more money.

With the trailer hitting tomorrow at 4pm PST, you can see for yourself how awesome Elysium looks.  Until then, here’s a video blog I did with Peter and Germain from /Film shortly after the presentation ended earlier today.

Elysium hits theaters August 9th.  You should start counting down the days.  For more on Elysium, click here.


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  • Strong Enough

    But Frosty you like everything. Get Matt on the case and we’ll see what’s up!

    • Toastman

      And Matt hates everything. Frosty approaches his articles with a since of wonder and amazement, and Matt approaches his with a deep cynicism.

      • Strong Enough

        shut up fool.

  • Cahoot

    Gah! Can’t wait! Blomkamp NEEDS to do one of the upcoming Star Wars movies.

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  • Alex Hajna

    Why didn’t showing District 9 at Comic Con go over well?

    • Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

      we were being sarcastic. went over great.

  • Hunter

    Despite all the awesome movies slated to come out this year, I think I might actually be most eager to see Elysium.

    • Rich woa

      Yeah, me too. Im a sucker for sci fi movies and hopefully he delivers again.

  • Chris

    Steve, I sincerely hope you’re right.
    I am so pumped to finally see some footage from this. Please let the action and VFX like completely mind-blowing!

  • jav

    Mexico city in whole planet, seriously??? maybe you should come to Mexico city to see whats is the reality, ignorant!

  • Jashugan

    First off, i love Distric 9 (like most of the planet) and i´m looking foward to Neill Blomkamp next movie, but after reading this i notice that the story is very similar (at least in its basics) to the manga GUNNM (know in the US as Battle Angel Alita). I´m not saying that this is a ripoff, but if some day the movie based in GUNNM (James Cameron has the rights) gets done, perople will call it a ripoff of Elysium, not knowing that the manga was created in 1989.
    I´m such a fan of GUNNM…

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  • Elysium Movie

    Very excited for the Elysium movie, I’ve even created a fan site for it: – feel free to come and join the forum and let me know what you think…