First trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium lands

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Neill Blomkamp rocked our world with his first film District 9, and his upcoming film, Elysium, has been in the works for a little while now, with only a couple of official images released to date.

Now, with the release of the first trailer for the film, we’re more excited than ever.

District 9 portrayed a very astute view of political message and science fiction thriller. This next film looks to continue the trend, examining the politics of the ultra-rich and the very poor.

Here’s the official blurb 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.

Watching the trailer has us more pumped than ever to see it, and it looks like this is going to be another in a good string of original science fiction films this year, coming on the heels of Oblivion and Pacific Rim. We’re already counting down the days to August 19th.

You can visit the film’s official website here:

Image: Sony Pictures

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