First Trailer for ELYSIUM Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley

     April 9, 2013


The first trailer for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated sci-fi film Elysium has been released.  The story takes place in 2159 where two classes of people are roughly divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth.  The trailer begins by showing us the luxurious world of Elysium before revealing the grungy, desert-like Earth.  Blomkamp looks to have crafted an incredibly detailed and vast sci-fi world here, and the visuals are absolutely stunning.  The action sequences look excellent as well and Damon appears to be kicking all kinds of ass, but most importantly Blomkamp has crafted yet another timely, socially-conscious story that speaks volumes to the current issues facing our world.  A wholly original sci-fi property that asks audiences to think while also providing entertainment value in spades?  Count me wholeheartedly in.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here for Steve’s video blog recap after seeing 10 minutes of footage and interviewing Blomkamp.  The film stars Matt Damon, Jodie FosterSharlto CopleyWilliam Fichtner and Diego LunaElysium opens on August 9th.

Via Yahoo!.

Here’s a synopsis for Elysium:

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.


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  • ko-bra-ko-mander

    this look like shit

    • Anonymous

      ok, good for you, now go away ;)

      • ko-bra-ko-mander

        Just trollin’

      • Mark

        I wish all trolls were this honest.

    • Franklin

      I believe you left out “the” between “like” and “shit”.

  • Rob

    Was some of that from Mass Effect? …anyone else?

    • chanandeler


    • D.B. Cooper

      I thought the same thing. Shepard in Mass Effect was born in 2154. At first, I thought they were showing the Citadel.

  • ko-bra-ko-mander

    this movie look like shit

  • spongefist

    Two tickets to Elysium please.

  • Diashi

    A little bit of Halo, a little bit of Mass Effect, projected in District 9 fashion. If the story, and acting hold out, I’m down. Why not go see it?

  • elysium for the win>>>>>

    class trailer, looking forward to this one! Good see some potential good sci fi amongst all the explosions in the cinemas this year :)

  • RacerX

    Matt Sallusti is correct though. Looks badass for sure, but apparently the script that leaked last summer is bizarrely similar to District 9. And not just the theme thing. Damons character goes through nearly every beat that Copley’s did in D9. The story is essentially a remake of D9 from what I’ve read and from test screenings. And why don’t the people on Earth have those healing machines? Like come on… there would be charities of some kind… or even wealthy philanthropists that would provide like a minimum a healing machine per city even if it had a huge line outside of it.

    • Grayden

      You clearly underestimate the elite’s capacity to not give a shit about the lower class. People on Earth probably get basic medical care. With overpopulation, why would you want to perpetuate life spans? Get the raw materials you need to survive, otherwise leave humanity to fester and die off.

      • Jack Connor

        And clearly you have a bias against the wealthy. Like everybody else … until they become them.

      • Diashi

        @Jack @Grayden

        Both of you are correct. Probably the closest real-world culprit to class division would be a corrupt government, which is part of the reason why I liked District 9, with the Dept. of Alien Affairs being largely the antagonist.

      • Um, Sure

        And Jack, you have beautifully illustrated why conservatives in the lower middle class say those sorts of things. Because you think there is nothing preventing any person from becoming wealthy if they just try hard enough. The wealthy certainly want you to keep thinking that. Nice little Pavlovian dog.

    • Sam

      who cares, its going to be awesome

    • LEM

      District 9 was race warfare while this looks to be class warfare so both movies are a social commentary. The second this trailer started I wanted to see it. I don’t care if there are similarities to District 9 this looks awesome.

  • Lob Taylor

    I knew it was gonna be awesome BUT this is frigging AWESOME!

  • dodoriz

    Looks okay… one thing that bothered me, did anyone else notice that Jodie Foster didn’t say a single word in the entire trailer?

    • Justin Kemp

      Yea…. andd????

    • wooderson

      @0.22 in she says “welcome”

      • dodoriz

        I stand corrected.

    • LEM

      Why did that bother you?

  • Barbafella

    It looks terrific.I cannot wait for this,Science Fiction,I love you!

  • Strong Enough

    Next James Cameron? while we work shitty jobs?

  • junierizzle

    I’m not hating on it but there has been so much hype about this movie that I was, underwhelmed.

    • DG

      I’m totally with you on that one.

    • twceyeallow121

      I agree. It looks exactly like an overproduced District 9.

      • Steve

        Funny, I see a film that is larger in scope. Story-wise this is precisely what we were told it was going to be. Not sure why confirmation of that is somehow a letdown.

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  • Scooby

    I will buy two tickets to that right now, please.

    I am loving the multitude of original science fiction films slated for release this year.

  • twceyeallow121

    I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. But honestly, the trailer just looks like another District 9. I loved District 9, but I was hoping for something new and different. Bummers…

    • Matt

      Oh I didn’t know there were squid like aliens in this movie! Please enlighten me oh dark seer, are there aliens in this movie like D9? Because in order for it to be like D9 there has to be aliens right? So please tell me how its like D9 without aliens?

  • Bertie

    I,m sold, similarities to district 9 aside, it looks clean, crisp and well made, Damon is a reliable actor and foster can be really good.

  • Publius

    So… the trailer looks awesome and all (ooh, a smart summer action movie — I’m in!), but I can’t be the only one who sees a big’ red flag in the fact that the film’s villain (Foster) seems to caricature the conservative position in the illegal immigration debate. Sure, District 9 was a straightforward allegory of South African apartheid, so I shouldn’t be surprised to find political themes in Blomkamp’s ouevre, but to move from that to U.S. immigration policy is disconcerting. Not to mention, I can’t think of many (any?) movies of this sort that lived up to expectation, either critically or at the box office. No doubt it’ll be popular among some audience members, but what are the performance numbers for movies that double as vehicles for political argument? Perhaps it’s my memory that’s faulty, but the synopsis worried me.

    • chanandeler

      Thats a great story grandpa.

    • Steve

      In your own post, you mentioned District 9′s political allegory, but then asked if there is such a thing as a successful sci-fi movie that uses political allegory. Classic.

      • Publius

        Oh come on. A movie about apartheid is about as political as a movie about the Holocaust — it’s not quite the same thing when pretty much everyone agree that one side is wrong, if not evil. I was asking about movies that treat contemporary political issues — like Emmerich’s “The Day After Tomorrow.” It did ok at the box office thanks to CGI, but most reviews agreed that the plot and dialogue stunk to high heaven, because the director was more focused on political messaging than on the story. That’s my worry with this movie.

      • Publius

        Sheesh, a movie about apartheid is about as political as a movie about the Holocaust. It’s not quite the same when pretty much everyone agrees that one side was wrong (or just plain evil). I was talking about movies more along the lines of Emmerich’s “Day After Tomorrow.” It did decently about the box office because of the special effects, but most reviewers agreed that the plot and dialogue stunk due to the director’s focus on political messaging. That’s my worry here.

    • Ben

      First off, “that’s a great story, grandpa” is a hilariously accurate response to your post.

      Did you ever see “Gattaca?” Not only some of the best, totally-plausible ideas in a sci-fi film, but also some of the best cinematography, and for my dollar, the best sound track EVER for a sci-fi film.

      People who are complaining about District 9 similarities are about as intelligent as people who would complain that “Ride the Lightning” and “Master of Puppets” share similar production aesthetics….

      In other words, you’re retarded.

  • Nic Cage

    I understand the complaints that it looks similar to District 9 but I’ve always found it strange that people expect different from directors every single time but not with musicians. People usually freak when a band switches gears like Radiohead or Chromatics but God forbid a director attempt to flesh out themes from a previous movie. It’s not like he’s going to keep remaking District 9 and if Elsyium is ripping off a movie I’m damn glad it’s District 9. Seacrest out.

    • Ben

      SO funny. Just above, I made a comment saying the same thing. People freak out when a band changes their sound… but when a filmmaker has an agenda and aesthetic comfort zone (backed up by mastery of that aesthetic), they’re supposedly imagination-less when their works share similarities?


  • Arnold

    Great !!! Can’t wait for Elysium!!! Hopefully Matt will update us on the status of BOURNE 5 in interviews close to the film’s release.

  • mike

    Looks like another great SciFi movie with great social commentary. Can’t wait to see this.

  • sunoffabeach

    now im torn which robot movie to watch this summer: Elysium or Pacific Rim

  • Rich woa

    Sign me up for a ticket please. Looks like a great sci fi to me. OOOOHHH noooo it looks like Distrect 9, why because it looks dirty on earth? give me a break.

  • paul tracy

    total recall with matt damon

    • Steve

      Nope. Haven’t you been reading? The Internet has already chosen which movie this looks like. And it’s District 9. Keep up please.

      • paul tracy


        total recall with matt damon

  • grabthar

    This looks like the “Battle Angel Alita” we’ve been waiting for…

  • ap30

    If there is one thing I learned from this trailer, it’s that the title is pronounced e-lease-e-um. I used to call it elle-sigh-um =( Oh and I will still be seeing this no doubt, but I am slightly underwhelmed by this trailer, courtesy of the hype-train.

  • Sugreev2001

    Hah,like there are going to be any white people left by 2150.

  • terry

    We’ll see.

  • Derek

    Mitt Romney’s great grand kids would be on Ellysium.

  • D.B. Cooper

    2154 was the year Commander Shepard was born. Look at the shuttles, the firearms, the primitive biotic implants, and there’s eventually a planet found they will call Elysium.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Jodie Foster pulls off her wig and fake skin to reveal that she is actually an Asari. This looks like a Mass Effect prequel movie, and they are trying to keep it a secret. You would’ve had to have played the games to recognize it.

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