Must Watch: First Trailer for Blomkamp's 'Elysium' with Matt Damon

April 9, 2013
Source: Yahoo

Elysium Trailer

"They will hunt you to the edge of the Earth." Sony has finally revealed the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9, titled Elysium, starring Matt Damon plus Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Alice Braga and Sharlto Copley as Kruger. We've been teasing the first few bits and glimpses of this since Comic-Con last year, but now the rest of the world finally gets a first look at the new world Blomkamp has created. As a huge sci-fi nerd, it's exciting that we're getting another visceral, innovative, stunning Blomkamp experience. This may be a solid trailer, but the finished footage plays even better. Don't miss it!

Watch the first official trailer for Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, originally from Yahoo:

Elysium, directed by South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp (of District 9), focuses on Secretary Rhodes (Foster), a hardened government official, who will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. However, that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (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. Sony/Columbia has Elysium set to hit theaters on August 9th this summer. Thoughts?

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welcome back sci-fi. welcome back.

ComplexFatz on Apr 9, 2013



David Banner on Apr 10, 2013


Looks awesome. Blomkamp and Damon! Can't wait.

Andrew DiDonato on Apr 9, 2013


I want to watch. But I have decided to not watch any ads for ELSYIUM after reading AB's preview footage article.

DAVIDPD on Apr 9, 2013


I admire your willpower (which I lack).

Neuromancer on Apr 9, 2013


Doing the same for star trek, haven't seen a trailer for it yet. This i had to watch because i really had no idea what to expect

neo on Apr 9, 2013


You must know my anger re: the TEN MINUTE "PREVIEW" that was shown prior to The Hobbit @ select IMAX showings - seriously tainted my first viewing. May just wait for the BD. 🙁 Why the hell do they do that crap. Grrr!!

avconsumer2 on Apr 10, 2013


That's the way to go about it, if you ask me.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 10, 2013


Smart. I regret watching it.

avconsumer2 on Apr 10, 2013


No thoughts... brain melting

Richard Vermaak on Apr 9, 2013



jesse on Apr 9, 2013


Was anyone else refreshing the homepage every second from 3:50PM waiting to see this story? Epic. Sharlto Copley looks intense.

Junglewirth on Apr 9, 2013


yes I actually did that too. This movie looks amazing

algerpak1 on Apr 9, 2013


I was doing that too. This movie will be the best of 2013.

Krient on Apr 9, 2013


The last few years have been good to sci-fi. Even if you hated Prometheus, it speaks to an industry willing to start putting serious cash back into the genre. Looper was one of my favorite movies of last year, and I'm very excited to see where Upstream Color, Gravity, Interstellar, and now this take us.

the_situasian on Apr 9, 2013


Maybe.The problem is because they are putting serious cash into the genre they are not willing to push the boundaries.Stuff we are watching in recent movies is maybe new on the big screen but it's just rehashing old ideas and stories that have been told and retold since the 50s and 60s in the good old books. It's better than nothing i guess but i would like to see them take even a bolder step into hard SF not this watered down version we get just because they are afraid of financial failure.

BWAAOOOMMM!!! on Apr 9, 2013


I think recent sci-fi scripts might not necessarily be adding anything to the genre as a whole, but the stories are getting better written (again, excluding Prometheus), with more recognizable directors and more convincing talent selling these narratives. I think the stories are also being taken more seriously, in that we're creating films right now that could be viewed in a couple decades with more credibility than, say, the original Total Recall. But I do get what you're saying, and I think it goes without saying that studios will never put major cash behind truly hard sci-fi. That's why Carruth had to make Primer for five grand by himself.

the_situasian on Apr 9, 2013


Star Wars rehashed ideas that were a thousand years old....who cares?

Guest on Apr 9, 2013


Yes I hated Prometheus. I still do. I hate Damon Lindelof for still getting work and being PAID to write this complete and utter nonsense. Only in Hollywood ..But as this director proves, you can do it the right way.

buzzfunk on Apr 9, 2013


Exactly! If this even if this even a fraction as good as District 9, it will be amazing

willyum_jamz on Apr 10, 2013


Looks good. Like the mix of super clean with the dirtyness of the grubby humans.

Carpola on Apr 9, 2013


Cool Cool Cool.

Nielsen700 on Apr 9, 2013


Copley looks so badass. This looks all kinds of epic.

Cody W on Apr 9, 2013



Val on Apr 9, 2013


I had to watch it twice. Had to. Intense, captivating, and engaging. The focused effort of Sci-Fi is exhilarating to say the least. I only wish there was more Sharlto Copley in the trailer. Love that guy.

PBGray on Apr 9, 2013



BWAAOOOMMM!!! on Apr 9, 2013


Neill Blomkamp is only allowed to make dystopian-like movies with aliens or robots

Daniel on Apr 9, 2013


Well thats a bit of a stretch, this is the dudes 2nd movie, but I agree that the themes and the tone is very very similar to district 9. This guy has a thing for dusty shanytowns weird looking weapons

Cody W on Apr 9, 2013


The first part of that is because he has no vision beyond Joburg.

Jim on Apr 22, 2013


Looks like halo and Mass effect had a baby and the it's name was Elysium. Looks pretty awesome

Rain Spider on Apr 9, 2013


You should also look up an anime called Battle Angel Alita. Kinda takes place in a similar setting poverty on the ground and paradise high above, but has more focus on androids

armeetapus16 on Apr 9, 2013


That totally reminded of Battle Angel Alita

GoReadABook on Apr 10, 2013


Isn't that what Cameron has wanted to bring to the big screen for a decade or two?

David Banner on Apr 10, 2013


I have a boner. I literally have a boner. on Apr 9, 2013


That was worth the wait.

Xerxexx on Apr 9, 2013


Awe.. another movie about immigration.

Kaim on Apr 9, 2013


Dig it.

grimjob on Apr 9, 2013


Geoffrey Shauger on Apr 9, 2013


holy fuck i cannot wait to see this.

Linkfx on Apr 9, 2013


I don't mean to say harsh things, I normally don't. But I don't want to sound bad here at all. The thing is this film has been built up for a while and so fans of Blomkamp and his work, I'm one of them, will not admit that they feel a little disappointed. This looks awful, there is no story, visuals are great but there is no story. It also looks rather boring, there is nothing here to really attract a wider audience for example where's the romance? Where's the drama? Where the hell is the real mind blowing sequence??? The problem that I have with this kind of sci-fi is that it's made by fanatics that don't understand that films have always been about story, character and emotion not just blowing stuff up and showing toys. It's also often too unrealistic for my liking and most grown people at all. But sci-fi can be done well e.g Terminator, Matrix, Gattaca, Inception, Avatar and 2001, and of course Star Wars (the first trilogy of course). The reason for that is that those films are made not just by fans but people who understand the importance of getting a film out there for everyone to see and enjoy, also taking into consideration the money by producers that has been put in. Thus the importance of taking away the self desire and unimportance to only see the overly glamorous aspect of the genre which is normally prevalent in the books, comics and games etc...for a greater focus on the heart and characters that will prevent it from being dry and tiresome. If it was made for 20,000 dollars it would be fine, but it's a waste of 100 million in my opinion and just looks like a let down. P.S I dug Prometheus, it's was alright. Not great. But still worth the price of admission.

The Mechanic on Apr 9, 2013


Best troll-job yet

Guest on Apr 9, 2013


Ugh, I knew I would get attacked. Like I said, I don't normally lash out like that, I would like to apologise to the die hard fans if in many ways I was also insulting the actual love of sci-fi. I like it as well. It's really just what I think, and I have tried to be civil here. I honestly don't think this is that great that's all.

The Mechanic on Apr 9, 2013


Well, although I feel you've rushed to your conclusion here, I respect that you explained your opinion without being a douchebag and just saying "This is going to suck." Apparently being a troll just means having your own opinion. Anyway, its still early, try to keep an open mind.

grimjob on Apr 9, 2013


Your wrong and he is a troll. I tell you why. Not every FIRST trailer needs to explain the entire god damn story. Trailers have become so spoilerisch these days that I applaud at the director for only giving us the General premise without the actual details. (you know the ones why you wanna SIT IN THE THEATER FOR). The movie isn't coming out for a few months. Besides being intrigued, what else do you need right now? You sound like a troll because there is no reason to write such a piece of bullocks at this point in time. After there have been more trailers, you still find the story to not 'grab you' then by all means, save yourself the cash and goto crazy girls.

buzzfunk on Apr 9, 2013


I agree with you. He's made his opinion too early, and I hate that trailers give everything away. But the term "troll" is so fucking overused these days, it gets thrown at anyone who disagrees with the majority. If some asshole comes along and makes a ridiculous statement with no reasoning to back it up, fine, he's a troll. But at least this dude was able to express his opinion with his own reasoning, and was trying his hardest to let anyone who read his post know that he wasn't trying to be a dick about it. I see no problem in voicing your opinion with some civility, even if I disagree with you. Throwing out stupid insults is pointless.

grimjob on Apr 10, 2013


haha yeah. Troll King award. By far.

buzzfunk on Apr 9, 2013


You're judging the entire movie on the first trailer they have put out? You could be right, but I would withhold harsh crits until we see a little more.

Nix on Apr 9, 2013


I know it's not cool, but I'm not even going to bother seeing it. If a teaser fails to grab you and look forward to the next one then it's just a bad film that even marketing can't save. The last boring example of a marketing campaign that yielded the same results was Tron. There's a reason why some of these films are withheld and delayed by the studios, it's because deep down they know that the product isn't that good, that it'll just manage to break even at the box office but won't be that outstanding of a hit because it'll fail to meet audiences that want a wholesome well rounded film experience regardless of their knowledge or not of the film.

The Mechanic on Apr 9, 2013


would agree with you that it LOOKS like standard stuff . basically another version of Oblivion , only the hero starts in the squalor instead of the garden( so if u see Cruise now why Damon in a few months ? or vice versa ? true dat ) And that a trailer can make you NOT want to see a movie . but nix and buzz are correct : let's see a few more trailers or the actual movie itself , before we pronounce sentence ..Wait for the "Sound-Off" posts ...

Dominic on Apr 10, 2013


Trailers are terrible judges of whether or not to see a movie... That's why I stopped watching them.

Greg dinskisk on Apr 10, 2013


Trailers are a good judge of whether or not to see a movie if you follow the a most basic rule; if everything you see in the trailer sucks or does nothing for you then avoid the film at all costs because that means they couldn't find any better bits to showcase. Otherwise, you are right about trailers not being a good gauge for the film.

Tim Marshall on Apr 12, 2013


That's not true... Marketers use the trailers to make it look as mainstream as possible as to acquire as large of an audience as possible. Springbreakers and Drive for instance weren't advertised at all how the films actually were; they looked like completely different movies. If nothing works for you in a trailer, check out reviews/premise, see if it looks interesting to you. If not, then don't watch it, unless you're me who tries to see everything.

Greg dinskisk on Apr 12, 2013


I have been pretty spot-on with my judgment of films based on the trailers, regarding which ones I avoided. I've been doing it for a very long time(close to 20 years). There have been many trailers that completely missed the boat in marketing the film correctly(as to what the story/plot is) and to the right audiences- a couple of examples that come to mind are Sling Blade and The Apostle. But those are usually smaller, lesser known films that have some basic appeal for me. As for the big budget, tent-pole flicks, if the trailer doesn't sell it to me then I avoid it at all costs. The marketers put the best eye candy in and if it doesn't excite me then I pass.

Tim Marshall on Apr 12, 2013


This was the dumbest thing I have ever read in all my years on first And I was here during the Ehsan Davodi period.

Guy who comments on things on Apr 10, 2013


Hey Ehsan had some good points and opinions, it was obvious english wasnt his first language so come on now

Cody W on Apr 10, 2013


Ahhh, the infamous Davodi period. Now there was character.

grimjob on Apr 10, 2013


Looks kick ass, really looking forward to this.. Is it just me or does Jodie Foster get hotter as she ages ? She's gonna be great in this ro

Tester on Apr 9, 2013


Why does he want to bring down Elysium? Jealous? Anti upper class?

ccoltmanm on Apr 9, 2013


he has cancer, and there is an instant cure for cancer on elysium (hinted at with that glass tube thing that the beautiful baby gets in). also very similar to district 9. and i think there is a romance story, if i heard correctly. or at least a love story with a father/daughter element. on Apr 10, 2013


100+ years into the future and he still uses a suped up ak-47.

xtheory on Apr 9, 2013


People today still use suped up versions of 50 year old rifles...M14 comes to mind

Geoffrey Shauger on Apr 9, 2013


It's pretty obvious that Matt Damon's character is not from Elysium and therefor uses the resources around him. Hence the make shift "control suit" he wears and the gritty and run down look he sports. Probably the reason why he isn't using a more "futuristic" weapon.

cg on Apr 10, 2013


ELYSIUM...what PrometheDONT!

MD rocks! on Apr 9, 2013


It looks gritty and visually stunning, and Matt Damon is a great actor, I know people will contest to it but he is. and Blomkamp did a great job with District 9. I think his Sophomore project will live up to his first and surpass it.

Tdog on Apr 9, 2013


Only an idiot would contest it. Matt Damon IS a great actor.

Stanford b on Apr 9, 2013


Yeah, I don't know who could possibly say he isn't a great actor.

grimjob on Apr 9, 2013


I'll be there opening night and everything I have seen looks fantastic, but I think the trailer did a poor job of conveying how awesome this movie has the potential to be. Maybe there will be another trailer with a more cohesive production.. at least with 4 months until the release I would hope so!

solarshock on Apr 9, 2013


I'm honestly waiting for the story. If it's another break in to get the knowledge (and it looks that way), I honestly am a little disappointed. A guy with a hundred weapons built into his body? Crap. It's not gonna happen. Good as it may look, I don't buy it, for now.

Peter T'Sas on Apr 9, 2013


Never ever thought i would see matt damon with covered with bits and pieces of metal that looked total bad ass... WOW... Just WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nithin on Apr 9, 2013


Thematically seems very similar to District 9. Not quite sold yet.

thatintroguy on Apr 9, 2013


nice Bugatti.

cre2done on Apr 9, 2013


As I said yesterday lets move this release forward I am ready. Ha either way I can be patient I guess,but I am definitely excited. Please do IMAX

Steven Morgan on Apr 9, 2013


Is that a Bugatti Veyron logo on that vehicle at 2.15?

Nash on Apr 10, 2013


Yes, it is and more than that -

Dhiram on Apr 10, 2013


Its a wave of after earth movies this year.

Dhiram on Apr 10, 2013


Been a long time coming , but Sci-fi novels and comic books are finally getting respected as sources of good storytelling and big-budget , big-revenue ideas . Directors/producers of today grew up in the 70's , and don't have disdain for this stuff ...

Dominic on Apr 10, 2013


I really want to see this trailer. However District 9 turned out to be my favourite film and I think this was down to me knowing very little about it before I went to see it. Despite my desire to whet my appetite, I'll put my faith in Blomkamp and try to go into the viewing experience as 'dumb' as possible.

Payne by name on Apr 10, 2013


I know what you're saying, I feel the same way. Also, D9 is an awesome movie, great choice for your coveted first spot.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 10, 2013


I'm glad you feel the same way. It's just one of the most perfect examples of how great action can be when you are fully emotionally connected to the characters and what is happening. I felt and connected with Wikus and hence the latter part of the film had such resonance rather than the empty flashes and bangs that you might receive in a Bay vehicle.

Payne by name on Apr 10, 2013


Holy crap, I had an old sci-fi book from the 70s that had an Elysium-type "wheel" in it - looked just like it 🙂

Michael Kingscott on Apr 10, 2013


for me it looks stupid but i have faith that Matt Damon chooses the right script. It's an intelligent man...

avi on Apr 10, 2013


Hey... Wagner Moura is in it... Congrats my matte... one of the best Brazilian Actors!!!

MDMINVERNAL on Apr 10, 2013


Holy shit! This is gonna be awesome After seeing how Elysium looks, i definitely want Neil Blomkamp to direct the Mass Effect movie

Comy on Apr 10, 2013


Looks great. Kind of a tired tale though, poor kid makes good and all that. I'm sure there is, but I hope there's more to it. Edit: will definitely see though! Glad Damon landed this role.

avconsumer2 on Apr 10, 2013


Gotta say looks pretty good. Started reading the script a few months ago and got bored but looks like Neill had a vision greater than the script told.

ff on Apr 10, 2013


WOW! this is amazing! welcome back Blomkamp!

Bob on Apr 10, 2013


I still don't know what the fuck this movie's about....

TheRagingCajun on Apr 10, 2013


I'm looking forward to this movie. Looks look like it has the potential to be a classic.

VAharleywitch on Apr 10, 2013


I must be the only person who isn't a Damon fan.

Benchwarmer on Apr 10, 2013


I think the problem with this film is that when they make a Neuromancer movie they will think it ripped this off. Alongside with the Matrix and a host of other recent movies. William Gibson got the short end of the stick on this one.

Daniel Tanure on Apr 10, 2013


Looks great.

$126191 on Apr 11, 2013


OH MIY GOD! District 9 is one of my favorite movies of all time so I don't care how much money I have, I'm going to see this!!

RobotProphet on Apr 11, 2013


Jodie Foster knows good scripts.

Musal Mueen on Apr 12, 2013

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