I'm totally anxious to see what this movie is about even though I no fan of Matt Damon but I think Neill Blomkamp could be the next good director that hopeuflly make an impact and help propel sci-fi movie to another level. It's the next serious sci-fi I'm totally looking forward to. Comic Con is right around the corner so we'll see.
It does but much as I love Mass Effect. People are forgetting that these sci-fi concept arts/story predate Mass Effect and Mass Effect borrowed heavily from it. Just as how much District 9 borrowed heavily from Alien Nation. But I don't really care. I will happily take any good sci-fi movies any day.
Originally Posted by percicles
This movie is about illegals trying to get on a mother ship.
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 (Jodie Foster), a hard line 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 (Matt Damon) 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.
It really is about illegals trying to get on the mother ship. Our resident angry righties will not like.
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.
The most-anticipated moment of the Sony panel was easily the presentation of Neil Blomkamp‘s Elysium, and it did not disappoint, looking like a 2001/District 9 hybrid, or maybe even Wall-E with humans. It’s another stylish sci-fi class-struggle parable with Matt Damon as a shaven-headed working-class guy on an overpopulated earth (downtown LA is shown covered with tent encampments, even atop the skyscrapers). He was inadvertently exposed to toxic radiation and given a mechanical exoskeleton to help him capture a rich bureaucrat played by William Fichtner and infiltrate Elysium, an off-world space station created for the richest 1%, where disease can be eradicated and everything is perfect. Sharlto Copley’s also in there as a crazy bearded dude with a personal force-field. Robotic cops look not unlike the District 9 bugs. It feels like a potential smash. The footage shown had rough, unfinished effects but it didn’t matter. Panelists were Blomkamp, Jodie Foster, producer Simon Kinberg, Copley (hugely cheered by this crowd) and Damon. Copley revealed that his character is a villain, which wasn’t evident in the clips. He also begged fans to ask Blomkamp for a District 9 sequel, joking that he’s still looking for work.
Asked about the difficulty of his role, Damon noted that the reality is that acting is what they really love, and even when it’s hard, it’s great — and that the hardest part was when he was looking for work and no acting challenge compares to that. When asked about her “technique”, Foster ventured that as with her movie Nell, for example, “I don’t know how good the movie was … but what I realized was that I just needed to drink coffee and show up.”
Elysium shot quite a bit in Mexico City to really bring out the feel of poverty. Blomkamp said he felt the crew in Vancouver, who took the trouble to wear masks for paint fumes, really didn’t appreciate how bad real poverty smelled. He described s “sandstorms” that were mostly fecal matter. Damon said “I just tried not to think about it”. The cartoonish robot prop shown earlier at the booth in the hall is an automaton bureaucrat that deals with Damon’s consumer complaints.