Why doesn’t Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi film Elysium open until August 9th? We want it, and we want it now. The South African director’s follow-up to District 9 was already one of our most anticipated movies of 2013 for that fact alone, but the fact that it looks incredible has us practically foaming at the mouth.
The first trailer is great, and now they’ve taken to Facebook to unveil yet another new picture of star Matt Damon wearing that badass Exo-0592 exoskeleton. In this image he appears to be threatening another guy wearing a similar suit. This guy’s name is Sandro, played by Jose Pablo Cantillo, Martinez from The Walking Dead. The idea of wearing one of these suits may sound great at first, but when you remember that it requires having a hole poked in your skull, you may change your tune.
Set in the year 2159, the world of Elysium is divided into two distinct classes of people. The first are the rich — the haves, if you will –who live in a man-made space station that hovers above our home planet. Elysium, as it is called, is a constant reminder to the lower caste, the impoverished masses who still inhabit the grim, desolate surface of Earth. Elysium has the latest state-of-the-art medical technology, which is desperately needed back on Earth, but the orbiting haven has strict immigration laws. Only Max (Damon), an ordinary guy in extraordinary circumstances, has a chance to bring these two disparate worlds together and save the day.