Here’s the 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, 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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In Greek mythology, Elysium is where the heroes and relatives of the gods hung out in total paradise, while everyone else was left in the equivalent of Hades or hell.
Interestingly, Blomkamp was meant to direct the Halo movie but chose Elysium instead. Not to worry though, Halo fans: this trailer packs in video game style like you read about. The space station looks like a cross between Halo and Mass Effect. The robots look like the first Mass Effect. The ships look like Firefly/Serenity (take your pick, purists) and the exoskeleton is classic District 9.
Elysium stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and hits screens in the US in August.
Update: Yahoo Trailers is getting slammed, here’s a bootleg of the trailer if you can’t wait:
Check out some more amazing screenshots:
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