Apr 10, 2013

Neill Blomkamp's Elysium Trailer : Scifi Grounded In Reality

Ever since 2009's excellent District 9, I've been dreaming of someone coming along and topping the unique scifi style and themes that director Neill Blomkamp put forward. The prawn filled film dealt with issues of xenophobia and racism from a perspective heavily grounded in reality, going so far as to use a name for the camp reminiscent of the apartheid era District Six. Blomkamp also made the bold decision to use real life interviews of South Africans talking about Zimbabwean refugees in their country, presented as if they were talking about the unwelcome alien inhabitants in District 9.

The debut trailer for Elysium looks like it will reflect some real life issues as well, mainly the never ending battle regarding the distribution of wealth among classes and the 1% concept that became truly obvious following the 2007/2008 financial collapse. Starring Matt Damon as a downtrodden earth dweller and Jodie Foster as the enforcer of a utopia for the wealthy, the movie looks like it's shaping up to be a scifi entry to truly look forward to this August.

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, a 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 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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