One new movie caught my attention long ago, and it's surprisingly not coming our way during this epic summer for blockbusters. I'm referring to District 9 director Neil Blomkamp's next futuristic vehicle Elysium, starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Shartlo Copley. I loved District 9, so this one has been on my radar for some time though they've kept the plot details close to the vest until now. The synopsis was released and Collider was kind of enough to share.
Check out the details after the jump...
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard the government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt 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.
We definitely have some similar themes to District 9 here, which makes this new effort more than your run of the mill science fiction adventure. The division of society rears its ugly head here, and the fate of humanity is in the hands of a convict in Damon, last details I saw for this one.
Blompkamp's debut, District 9 was well received at the box-office and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, so Elysium has some big shoes to fill following it up. It has the star power and an equally appealing plot synopsis in its favor thus far. I can't wait to see a trailer. Elysium will appear in theaters on March 1, 2013.