In a season already cluttered with sci-fi-tinged actioners, Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium distinguishes itself by being the rare blockbuster based on an original premise, and with its promising 99% story married to some exciting action — and boasting a cracking cast led by Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley — it’s safe to say that his follow-up to District 9 is one of this year’s most anticipated films in many circles. Following an impressive first trailer, we are now treated to a significantly longer look at the film, including some much-appreciated humour from Damon and more backstory for his cancer-stricken/cyborg-enhanced hero (and hopefully not too many spoilers). It’s a pretty epic three minutes, promising big ideas and action in equal measure, and this film cannot come out soon enough.
Elysium opens August 9 in the US and August 15 in NZ. Check out the new trailer and poster below.