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Elysium

  1. The Mary Sue’s 2013 Summer Movie Wrap-Up

    Power Grid

    This summer was a weird one. It felt, in a way, like were were still coming down from the high of The Avengers, the movie that ruled our hearts, minds, and wallets a single summer ago. On hand to catch us as we fell were some good movies, some bad movies, some movies that we weren't angry at, just disappointed, and one shining example of Oh please God, no, why did this movie happen?! We're taking a fond (or, in some cases, not-so-fond) look back at the summer of 2013's giant monsters, giant robots, giant stuffed rabbits, and the giant pile of wrongness that was a whole lot o' whitewashing. Whew. With the summer over, let's get ready for the end-of-year releases. More Hunger Games, Thor, and The Hobbit are right around the corner.

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  2. Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems: A Review of Elysium

    Review

    “Enjoyed” may be the wrong word to describe how viewers might feel about Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore sci-fi jaunt, Elysium. “Experienced” would be more apt, for this gritty dystopian vision is a tough one, hard on the eyes and adrenal system, if not much on the heart. A highly explosive action-adventure, Elysium falls prey to genre tropes more often than it blows past them, making for a well-crafted, if somewhat standard, feature. Unlike the allegorically stronger structure of Blomkamp’s big splash into Hollywood, District 9, this follow-up is thematically weaker and less substantial. It may reach for the stars, but Elysium, unfortunately, falls under its setup’s own weight. Wealthy and privileged SPOILERS are protected beneath the cut.

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  3. You Can Pay This Company to Send Your Ashes to Space, Eventually Burn Up on Re-entry

    Turns out it's a lot cheaper to send your ashes to space than your living body.

    What are you going to do with your body when you die? Have you considered shooting part of it into space and having it eventually burn up as a shooting star on re-entry? That's a thing you can totally do now thanks to a company called Elysium Space, and it's a lot cheaper than I would have guessed.

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  4. Elysium Space Station is Actually Totally Believable, Says NASA Scientist

    As long as science gets awesomer, and you’re around in a thousand years.

    In the future, everything is terrible – according to most movies, anyways. But Neill Blomkamp’s newest film Elysium shows us a 22nd century which isn’t entirely the worst (if you’re rich enough). In 2154, Earth’s fanciest folk have abandoned the planet’s surface, living in style on a space station. But how realistic is Blomkamp’s vision, really?

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  5. Add Elysium‘s Secretary Delacourt to the List of Characters Written for Men and Played by Women

    Gender Bendery

    Jodie Foster and Neill Blomkamp talked to Entertainment Weekly recently about the process of getting the much celebrated actress onto the production of Blomkamp's first return to the director's chair since District 9. As it turns out, even though both of them would have loved to work with the other, it almost didn't happen because her character was originally written to be male.

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  6. District 9 Creator Neill Blomkamp Has Started Writing District 10

    It Came From Outer Space

    Neill Blomkamp, the writer and director behind District 9 and the upcoming movie Elysium, recently sat down for an interview with Wired to talk about his new movie, and about what science fiction filled films he's working on for the future.  While Blomkamp is currently looking forward to the release of Elysium, and is working on the original films Chappie and Mild Oats, he has also started the script for a District 9 sequel, tentatively titled District 10.

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

    My Precious!

    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. (via: Deadline) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  8. Latest Elysium Trailer Proves Neill Blomkamp Sure Does Love Garbage [Video]

    Elysium, the latest sci-fi epic from District 9's Neill Blomkamp, is essentially all about those that have everything versus those that have nothing. There's literally a floating paradise, but the poor are forced to live in the decrepit slums that make up the Earth. Also, it stars Matt Damon in some kind of exoskeleton, so how bad can it be? Regardless, there's a brand new trailer out there, and it once again reinforces the idea that Blomkamp loves to make movies about desolate wastelands full of trash.

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  9. The Elysium Trailer Has Evil Jodie Foster, Robo-Matt Damon, And a Side Order of Class Conflict [VIDEO]

    The Future Is Now!

    I've been waiting patiently for the first trailer for Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9. Now it's here, and it does not disappoint. Jodie Foster looks quite villainous as the director of Elysium, a paradisal space station where the privileged live, leaving the rest of humanity to the squalor and chaos of Earth. Matt Damon, meanwhile, is the hero who has to break into Elysium. And District 9's Sharlto Copley pops up, too! It comes out August 9th. Can't wait. (via: blastr) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  10. Things We Saw Today: This Skirt is the Gotham Skyline, Your Argument is Invalid

    Fans Do Cool Things

    Jill doesn't like skirts with this particular profile. I'm just letting you know there's less competition. (Fashionably Geek)

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