As Neil Blomkamp's next big thing draws near, the hype machine continues to rev up for Elysium. It's shaping up to be a great year for scifi, with Pacific Rim hitting in two weeks and this movie coming out in early August. The latest trailer for Elysium offers us a taste of the sheer ruin that Max (Matt Damon) resides in, as well as some answers regarding his motives for heading to the pristine Elysium colony for rich people.
Similar to District 9, I think this movie will have a strongly relatable protagonist- An everyday man placed in extraordinary circumstances against his own will. In Wikus' case it was the accidental exposure to alien gas without proper precautions, and in Max's case it'll be a workplace accident that ends up being the catalyst to taking some extraordinary measures. Can't wait till this hits on August 9, synopsis below.
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 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.