The expectations placed on Neill Blomkamp's Elysium
are staggering. On the back of his debut feature, District 9
, Blomkamp has been widely hailed not only as a visionary but something far more difficult: A director who can mesh mass entertainment with social conscience. A new Spielberg aiming to challenge and educate as he entertains. So, yeah, no pressure there at all. The thing is, though, he was up to it with District 9
- a film that stands up to all the praise heaped on it - and early signs are that he'll deliver again with his sophomore effort, Elysium
. Cue the first trailer.
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.
To put it simply, yes. I'm a fan. To me Blomkamp captures an awful lot of what is right about the studio system when its resources are properly applied - ironic given that he has yet to actually make a movie within the studio system, but you get what I mean - in that he his work has vision and scope that goes well beyond what could be accomplished on micro budget and yet his stuff is actually about
something. Blomkamp is a guy who could turn out Transformers
movies in his sleep - and they'd be damn good ones - but he's too socially aware for that and too insistent on producing work that might actually stand the time.
And also he likes robots and makes things blow up real good.
But enough of my rambling, the Elysium
trailer is out and it's pretty damn impressive. Check it below.
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