Getting a job in Hollywood is a complicated affair. If you’re not the next greatest thing, sometimes you get overlooked no matter what your talents might be. And if you’ve made enemies, it can be hard to even get a role in a tampon commercial. Still, Mr. Robert Downey, Jr. appears to be pulling to get some of his buddies a little of the Marvel super hero scratch that he’s been making. What two actors is Downey pulling for? Why Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster – duh. (more…)
When you build up a wall to keep people out and blast the symphony to block out the screams of the huddled and hunched masses, they climb on top of each other to make it over. Starved, hungry, desperate — they will sell their souls for a glimpse of something that isn’t stained with blood and wrecked by hopelessness. This is human nature, this is animal instinct, this is the message at the center of Neill Blomkamp’s fantastic Elysium.
Forgive me, but I’m one of those people that believes that the very best science fiction speaks as much to our present and our current fractured state of being as it does to our future. That doesn’t mean that I am incapable of enjoying the more explode-y sci-fi films that aim more for the gut and less for the brain, but give me Children of Men and give me Sunshine over the Star Trek Into Darkness’of this world.
Give me District 9, Neill Blomkamp‘s stunning feature debut and Elysium, this ambitious follow-up whose winning virtue is that it comes close to being all things to all people.
A human tale about struggle, hope, determination, and desperation — Matt Damon is Max, an ex-con stuck working a factory job in Los Angeles in the year 2154.
Believe it or not, Max is one of the lucky ones, but he’s got a smart mouth and that puts him at odds with the droid police force and his boss.
Ordered into a risky situation by said boss, Max sustains an injury that will kill him in five days, thus setting him off on a mad dash to find passage to Elysium, a star shaped space station that sustains and occupies the rich and coddled with swimming pools, cocktail parties, Kelly green landscapes, cloudless skies, and restorative med bays that heal all ailments in an instant.
Max has always dreamed of going to Elysium, but as he is turned into a literal Frankenstein monster and painfully fitted with a mech suit to help carry his ailing body through a daring data heist (data that can bring down Elysium or alter its power structure, making matters worse) for an underworld gimp pimp known as Spider (overplayed by Wagner Moura), the dream becomes a nightmare.
For Damon, all of this is about survival, whispering “This ain’t goona kill me” through gritted teeth. He doesn’t want to save the day for his fellow man, he just wants to live.
Complicating matters, for him, is his childhood sweetheart (Frey, as played by Alice Braga), her Leukemia afflicted daughter, and Kruger — a doubley mad mercenary that has been dispatched by Delacourt, the prim acid bitch that keeps Elysium free of the filthy prisoners of Earth by any means necessary.
Jodie Foster plays Delacourt like a rusted claw hammer wrapped in velvet. Painting Eden’s gatekeeper as a power hungry politician, monster, and woman of refinement. She has evolved past human emotion and it is a transformation unlike anything we have seen from Foster in quite some time.
In anyone else’s hands, this role could have polluted the film with high camp, but Foster gives just enough to shock us, revealing a villain who is convinced, at a cellular level, that she is on the side of right and separate and apart from the inhabitants of Earth. To her, they are bugs. She’s Adolf Eichmann with an eye on becoming Hitler.
As Kruger, Sharlito Copley plays an extremely colorful henchman, occupying the screen with menace. He is the chaos, kidnapping Fey and her sick daughter, gunning for Max and the valuable data that he now holds in his head. Unfortunately, as the film goes on, Kruger becomes less an interesting side player, and more a two dimensional main villain, inexplicably starting a palace coup on top of the one that Foster’s character is trying to orchestrate.
It’s here that the film loses it’s way for a short time, complicating the run-up to the end in an effort to add more smash and bash fighting and big action moments to the film. Basically, Elysium embraces its summer blockbuster responsibilities in this bundle of minutes in the third act before it evens itself out.
Matt Damon delivers a valuable but not stellar performance that improves as the reels roll (or the pixels whatever…) and Blomkamp falls into a few traps, but ultimately delivers what may be the best sci-fi film that I have seen since the previously mentioned Children of Men.
Elysium is visually arresting, covering its dual worlds with both a slick sheen of affluence and a dirt bath. Blomkamp ratchets up the CGI effects as well, melding his ambition with an economical and grounded approach to effects sequences and overall spectacle.
The result is a lived in and real universe that never pulls the audience out of the story, and as was the case with the $30 million dollar District 9, Elysium feels as if it cost twice as much as it did, even though it cost more than $100 million.
The way that Blomkamp constructs and portrays an action scene has a lot to do with that, and here, we’re seeing hand-held camera work, artfully applied slow-motion, and a video-game aesthetic peppered throughout the big fight scenes.
Visual wow is useless without story, though, and that is the real star of this film: Blomkamp’s very smart and very original script.
Themes of nuclear class warfare, extreme immigration, and the rationing of healthcare strike a nerve because those themes echo fears about our present course.
Is Elysium prophetic? Probably not, because (as has been said before) we’re naturally inclined to burden our view of the future with the weight of the present, but it could happen or the future could be even worse.
Despite that, though, Elysium should make us think about the state of things, the walls that we already have up and the growing ease with which we display human viciousness and indifference; and for a film to entertain and inspire debate and introspection like that… well, that is a rare treat.
As the August 9th premiere date for Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, the follow-up project to his first fantastic film District 9, creeps closer and closer we’re getting the full treatment from those Hollywood Marketing Wizards. This time around it’s an extended four-minute trailer.
I was sold on the film as soon as Blomkamp announced it and you’ll find me in a theater seat opening weekend, but what about you, are you going to see this one?
In the year 2154, 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 planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. 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.
Elysium hits theater screens on August 9th starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner and Wagner Moura.
We’ve seen a lot of action from the trailers of Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up Elysium, but almost nothing on the characters of the film. In a future where Earth has been exhausted of resources, the poor live in what remains and the rich live on an extravagant space station social classes still have a job to do.
Now in the first clip from Elysium we get our first real interaction with Max, played by Matt Damon, as he does his best to explain his actions for an incident earlier in the film to a robotic parole officer. As a former car thief, Max has been doing his best to stay on the straight and narrow, but when the officer is less than receptive to Max’s “misunderstanding” it’s hard to not be a little sarcastic. You’d have the same trouble too if you were talking into something made for a drive through.
It’s not much, but the clip gives you a nice insight into the difficulties of living on planet with robotic enforcement and judgement. Not only that, but you get a nice way of seeing that our hero in Elysium isn’t someone who come out guns blazing into the streets, he’s just nother person trying to get by before fate intervenes.
Elysium starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura and Alice Braga, Elysium will arrive in theaters next month on August 9th.
With less than a month until its big screen debut, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium is shaping up to be a pretty interesting sci-fi flick, complete with the rich story atmosphere that Blomkamp has become known for. Now, a new featurette takes a quick look at this world of the future and provides a bit of background for potential audiences, courtesy of Blomkamp and stars Matt Doman and Jodie Foster. Check it out below:
Check out the entire film, front to back, once it hits theaters on August 9th.
Neil Blomkamp‘s Elysiumhas a new trailer making the rounds on the Internet and Matt Damon‘s getting all sci-fi-ed “Bourne” on the bad guys. Damon’s got a mission and no one is gonna stop him.
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.
Elysium hits theater screens on March 1st, 2013.
What do you think of this new trailer? The last one told a little too much of the story in my opinion. This new one scales it back a bit while still getting the message across. Will you be buying a ticket?
Blomkamp’s District 9 was incredible and I’m hoping that Elysium will follow suit.
We’ve been waiting a while for the full trailer for the upcoming dystopian sci-fi film, Elysium, which stars Matt Damon. And now the wait is over.
There are some pretty high expectations being placed on this film right now, especially given that District 9 cap’n, Neill Blomkamp, is at the helm of this ship. And I’ve gotta say, that trailer doesn’t look half bad!
Oh, who am I kidding. It’s pretty freakin’ awesome. You may want to ensure that you have a spare pair of underpants nearby. Or that you at least have a contingency plan.
We get a few new glimpses of things here and there, and we get to see a bit of Jodie Foster doing her thing as the leader of Elysium. Overall, we don’t learn too, too much about the film in this trailer and I’m definitely hoping they’ve got more epic-ness hidden up their sleeves.
Hit the jump for the full trailer and the official synopsis. (more…)
If you’re tired of watching all the trailers for video games that look like movies from this years E3, sit back and relax with a movie that looks like a video game. Neill Blomkamp‘s (District 9) has a new sci-fi flick called Elysium on the way if you haven’t heard, starting Matt Damon as a member of the great unwashed that are left earthside while the ultra rich and clean, like Jodie Foster, live on the space station from 2001: A Space Odyssey. By the looks of the TV spot Damon plans on pwning those space newbs.
It’s only one of the most anticipated movies of the year, director Neill Blomkamp‘s follow-up to the critical and commercial smash District 9, but despite its original March 2013 release date, and its expected new release date just four months hence, we haven’t seen a lot of Blomkamp’s new project Elysium…
Yahoo has posted the first trailer for the film, and it looks amazing. Matt Damon plays a soldier trying to leave the dying Earth and become part of the stiff upper crust (the one per centers) who live on a lavish space station called Elysium, which is administered by Jodie Foster. District 9 star Sharlto Copley plays the villain, and while you’ll see him in the trailer, if you blink you might miss him. The trailer also gives us a good long look at both Earth and Elysium and hints at some of the action we’re going to see in the film (it’s not all high-brow sci-fi ideas and stuff, you know).
Here’s the trailer:
Plot Synopsis: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.
The first poster for Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium has been released, and we can expect to see the full trailer out tomorrow. Given the reaction to the footage that was shown at last year’s comic-con, we can expect the trailer to be pretty damn epic. Basically, Earth is in shambles and those that live on the space station Elysium are living the nice life, but they enforce anti-immigration laws even more strongly than the Americans do when it comes to Mexicans. So, seems like it would be quite the task for Matt Damon’s character to try and get his ass into Elysium for medical help. And if he does, everything will change forever. Dun dun dun… From what we know about the film, it definitely sounds interesting.
The cast includes Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura, and William Fichtner.We’ll be seeing Elysium in theaters on August 9, 2013.
Hit the jump for the poster and the official synopsis.