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Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 3:30 PM
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The year is 2154, and while the future may include ships that reach supersonic speeds in fifteen seconds, and advanced weaponry and technology that now interacts directly with the human body, the divide between the haves and have nots has never been greater. Los Angeles has essentially become one large barrio, a dirty, garbage-filled, decaying city that is a bleak portrait of what could happen if the current and growing prison industrial complex expands at a prodigious rate. Crime is so high that lawbreakers and potential lawbreakers are patrolled and monitored by ruthlessly efficient robots walking the beat, while those who are charged are processed in such volume that it might as well be the DMV. And one of those put through the system is Max De Costa (Matt Damon), an ex-con on parole, trying to go straight after a checkered past. And these are the building blocks of an expansive world created by Neill Blomkamp in "Elysium," a brainy sci-fi effort that doesn't skimp on its blockbuster requirements, and delivers one of the most satisfying films of the summer.

Sharlto Copley Reteaming With Neill Blomkamp For 'Chappie'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 1, 2013 10:21 AM
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While it will wind up being a four year wait between “District 9” and “Elysium” when the latter picture drops this summer, Neill Blomkamp has not wasted much time prepping for his next film, the sci-fi comedy “Chappie.” And while the recent news of South African rap duo Die Antwoord being cast as the leads in the film was certainly a surprise, this particular piece of news should come as no shock to anyone.

Two New 'Elysium' Photos Feature Matt Damon, Flaming Wreckage

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 1:40 PM
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As we mentioned earlier today in our giant summer movie preview, "Elysium," Neil Blomkamp's eagerly awaited follow-up to his groundbreaking "District 9," is one of the movies we're most looking forward to this summer. Pitched between social commentary and sci-fi spectacle, the movie envisions a futuristic earth that's ruined and toxic, with the most powerful and wealthy humans living on an orbiting space station called Elysium. As two new photos from the movie show, Earth really has gone to hell.

New Images From Neill Blomkamp's 'Elyisum' Bring You To The Future With Matt Damon, Jodie Foster & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 9:23 AM
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"Elysium," the latest from "District 9" writer/director Neill Blomkamp, has finally been brought kicking and screaming into the public view, with the first trailer dropping last night. And the result? Looks pretty damn epic, no? But don't get too confident you've seen everything yet. Blomkamp likely still wants to keep some surprises in store, but a few more new images have arrived to give another peek at the sci-fi world being put together.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon Is Explosive & Ambitious

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2013 6:54 PM
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In case you haven't been on the internet in the past 24 hours, Sony has broken open the doors on Neill Blomkamp's until now secretive sci-fi "Elysium." Press got a dose of ten minutes of footage yesterday (read our breakdown right here), along with the trailer you're about to see below. And even more, Blomkamp talked up the movie, his desire for "Aliens"-style slime and eggs in his next movie and his thoughts on "Halo" and taking on pre-existing franchises already.

Mind-Heists & High-Stakes: 10 Minute Presentation Of Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’ Sets Up Promising Summer Sci-Fi Spectacle

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 9, 2013 10:03 AM
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After its buzz-ridden San Diego Comic Con appearance last year was swiftly deflated by a release change from this past March to later this summer, “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore sci-fi effort “Elysium” was in dire need of a resurgence of interest. Well, consider that challenge met, as on the eve of their premiere trailer debut, Sony screened about 10 minutes of the film to press and fans, and the results were nothing short of spectacular.

‘Elysium’ Unveils First Poster; Director Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants ‘Aliens’-Inspired Slime & Eggs For His Next Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 8, 2013 7:17 PM
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“Elysium,” Sony's heady sci-fi film directed by “District 9” helmer Neill Blomkamp is finally unveiling itself. Just last week, we called the film “cagey” and said it might have kept itself under wraps for almost too long. Evidently we were right and this was by design. Today, the studio unveiled the trailer and 10 minutes of footage to journalists in Los Angeles (a full report later), trotted out Blomkamp and stars Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley to speak to press and released a new poster as well.

The Cagey 'Elysium' Reveals A First Look At Alice Braga; More Sneak Peeks Arriving Soon

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 5, 2013 2:05 PM
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After the fantastically inventive "District 9," director Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" should be one of the most anticipated sci-films of 2013. And it is in many quarters, including ours -- see our Most Anticipated Films of 2013 list -- but it's clear that the momentum for the film has cooled, and the "will this movie ever come out" feeling has even registered.

First Look: Sharlto Copley As The Gnarly Looking Villain In Neill Blomkamp Dystopian Sci-Fi Film 'Elysium'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 24, 2012 12:37 PM
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"The Joker was a mistaken reference," Sharlto Copley told Empire about his villian role in "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp's upcoming dystopian epic "Elysium." "I was really just saying that that was the last time I saw a villain that inspired me: somebody that set the bar. There’s no connection or likeness to The Joker in terms of the character. What I did with him — which I try to do with all my original characters — was draw from real life. I combined references from a very infamous South African military battalion called 32 Battalion, that fought in the Border Wars in South Africa, and a stereotype of character that you get in the south of Johannesburg, where the guys are a little bit more comfortable with violence!"

Watch: Mysterious Teaser Trailer For Sci-Fi 'Europa Report' Starring Sharlto Copley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 2:41 PM
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Well, "The Europa Report" has been taking its sweet ass time in showing itself. The first image from the movie debuted at the beginning of the year, and then not much had been heard about it since. And even though there's no release date or a distributor as far as we can tell, a teaser trailer has dropped online, adding to the mystery.

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