The first trailer for Elysium has hit, and it’s pretty much fantastic. The sci fi thriller starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster definitely has the same social consciousness, gritty realism and low-tech, high-tech designs as director Blomkamp’s previous movie, District 9.
The new teaser does a great job of establishing the world of Elysium— in the not very distant future, the extremely wealthy live in the artificial paradise of a space station, orbiting the ruined Earth that is inhabited by the rest of humanity– and it does an even better job of making Matt Damon’s Max look absurdly awesome in his exo-skeletal armor.
All too often, sci-fi style is designed for the sake of being showy, but it looks like there’s a lot more personality and reasoning behind Max’s unique weaponry, which is quite literally bolted to his body. The idea of a seemingly normal guy given an extraordinary piece of hardware with which to do the impossible feels classic enough to make Phillip K. Dick proud, and overall I am feeling very hopeful that this movie will be something special.
Elysium hits theaters on August 9th.