The latest trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s anticipated sci-fi adventure “Elysium” offers a more detailed look at the “District 9” director’s dark vision of future Earth and sheds new light on the story surrounding Matt Damon’s Max Da Costa, a man desperate to reach the titular space habitat.
Set in 2154, the film takes place in a world in which the wealthy have migrated to a station in the stars run by Jodie Foster’s Secretary Delacourt. By contrast, the poor have remained on a decimated, overpopulated Earth depleted of both natural resources and hope for a better life.
On the way to his job, Damon’s sarcastic reformed thief manages to find himself in trouble — his bad day includes a run-in with robot authorities and a workplace accident that leaves him terminally ill. His only hope for a cure rests in his finding a way to reach Elysium.
The film appears to offer the same politically minded take on the genre that Blomkamp adopted for his feature debut — 2009’s “District 9” won an ardent following with its examination of the apartheid era in the writer-director’s native South Africa through a sci-fi lens.
“District 9” earned four Oscar nominations — for screenplay, film editing, visual effects and best picture. That film’s star and Blomkamp’s longtime friend Sharlto Copley also has a role in “Elysium”; he plays the villainous Kruger, a Special Ops agent who helps enforce the cruel rules of the future world.
“Elysium” opens Aug. 9.
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– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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