VIDEO: New ‘Elysium’ Featurette Goes Inside the Matt Damon Sci-Fi Epic from “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp (Trailer Included)

New ‘Elysium’ Featurette Goes Inside Matt Damon’s Sci-Fi Epic (Video)

11:09 PM PDT 7/11/2013 by Aaron Couch // The Hollywood Reporter

The star describes Earth as a “a third-world planet,” while Jodie Foster says her villain will do anything to protect the utopian space station the wealthy live on.

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Matt Damon in “Elysium”

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp and his Elysium stars are giving fans a closer look inside the sci-fi film.

In a new featurette, Blomkamp says he wanted to visually represent the disparity of wealth and  poverty in his film, which takes place 150 years in the future.

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“Elysium is a space station that hovers above Earth that is filled with all of the things that make life worth living,” says Blomkamp. “All of the medical help, the technology, the wealth and the standard of living.”

Star Matt Damon describes Earth as “a third-world planet,” where overpopulation and a lack of resources plague its citizens. “Everyone is hustling in some way to just get by,” he says, as they look up at the station and imagine how they might get there.

Jodie Foster, who plays a villain in the film, says those with wealth or connections can become citizens of the space station. She also reveals a sympathetic backstory for her character, Secretary Delacourt, saying she was born on the impoverished Earth and remembers how bad things were there.

VIDEO: ‘Elysium’ Trailer: Robots, Spaceships and Matt Damon

“They’ve created this new habitat, Elysium, to get rid of … terrible pollution, toxicity, overpopulation,” she says. “Her concern is to protect the new utopian habitat they’ve come up with.”

The Columbia/Media Rights Capital film is slated for an Aug. 9 release and also stars Sharlto Copley.



In case you missed it: check out the trailer below.

VIDEO: ‘Elysium’ Trailer: Robots, Spaceships and Matt Damon

with passion & gratitude — jennifer


3 thoughts on “VIDEO: New ‘Elysium’ Featurette Goes Inside the Matt Damon Sci-Fi Epic from “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp (Trailer Included)

  1. The first trailer for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated sci-fi film Elysium has been released. The story takes place in 2159 where two classes of people are roughly divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth. The trailer begins by showing us the luxurious world of Elysium before revealing the grungy, desert-like Earth. Blomkamp looks to have crafted an incredibly detailed and vast sci-fi world here, and the visuals are absolutely stunning. The action sequences look excellent as well and Damon appears to be kicking all kinds of ass, but most importantly Blomkamp has crafted yet another timely, socially-conscious story that speaks volumes to the current issues facing our world. A wholly original sci-fi property that asks audiences to think while also providing entertainment value in spades? Count me wholeheartedly in.


  2. Today we’ve had new images from Star Trek Into Darkness, and now we’ve got a new look at another one of 2013′s other big sci-fi adventures: Elysium, from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. We still haven’t seen a trailer, and only a couple official photos have surfaced from the film before this.


  3. Neill Blomkamp exploded on the scene in 2009 with his gritty sci-fi feature District 9, which was released to critical and commercial praise. Since then, we’ve waited four years to see the director’s sophomore effort, now a mere few weeks away. The film, Elysium, opens August 9. After that, he’ll make a movie called Chappie.


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