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New Elysium Trailer Might Make It My Most-Anticipated Movie of the Summer. Sorry, Pacific Rim. I Still Love You. [VIDEO]


My reaction to the first trailer for Elysium, Neill Blomkamp‘s follow-up to District 9, was “<Matthew McConaughey voice>All right, all right, all right,</Matthew McConaughey voice> this looks pretty cool.” My reaction to this new, longer trailer, which gives us a better look at the state of things for the 99 percenters living on Earth and the plight of poor Matt Damon? “Sweet dystopian Jesus, give it to me now.*

*Why yes, I do think in gifs. I spend too much time on Tumblr. That’s what happens.

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  • TKS

    Honestly, I was luke warm to District 9. It had that sort of Hollywood faux progressivism all through it. It’s like “Here! We’re saying something about Apartheid!” but at the end of the day, all they really said about it was that it was a thing that happened. (Or that it could have been solved by a single white messiah. I had a similar gripe with Avatar.)

    As with Elysium, this is the second trailer I’ve seen for it and…honestly…I’m not expecting much more. It seems to be using wealth disparity as a plot point rather than the focus of a message. (I’ll see what the reviews say.)

  • Daniel E. Jacobs

    this reminds a lot of Battle angel Alita

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I was luke warm to District 9. It had that sort of
    Hollywood faux progressivism all through it. It’s like “Here! We’re
    saying something about Apartheid!” but at the end of the day, all they
    really said about it was that it was a thing that happened. (Or that it
    could have been solved by a single white messiah. I had a similar
    gripe with Avatar.)

  • Angela Fortin

    Wait, so all the rich people live in a floating spaceship called Elysium and a lone dude is trying to get there in order to help both himself and someone else? Haven’t I seen this bef- oh, right. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRQhKw-YCWs

    That aside, I’m still not sure how I feel about this. It looks like it may well throw everything interesting away midway through to become a generic action movie. I’ll be keeping an eye on it though.

  • http://rightcrafttool.blogspot.com/ Sign Ahead

    I agree, the social issues do look like plot points rather than something more meaningful. But I’m mostly OK with that (with a few exceptions, like the white messiah trope and the suggestion that the only way to empathize with someone else is to actually become them). They’re still interesting issues that we don’t see in many science fiction films, especially summertime spaceships and explosions movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Elliott/100001081943987 Aeryn Elliott

    Wow, the Mass Effect movie sure took some unexpected turns, but at least it still looks like a good–Wait. This isn’t a Mass Effect movie?

    Joking aside, looks fantastic, even if still doesn’t look as farblgarbl awesome as Pacific Rim. I can’t help it, almost my entire life, including my written fiction, is devoted to kaiju. Elysium still gets major points for having the evil techno ninja be a fuzzy bearded guy. I cannot stop laughing at how simultaneously awesome and hilarious that is.