Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Elysium

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Elysium – Opening August 9, 2013

There are many reasons to anticipate this film. For one, it’s only the second feature film effort from South African director Neill Blomkamp, who astounded with “District 9” almost exactly four years prior to this film’s slated release date. This original story, which reminds of many dystopian futures, presents another look at a segregated futuristic society, which in this case has the rich living essentially in paradise while the poor and unfortunate suffer on decrepit Earth below. Sharlto Copley, who got his start with Blomkamp in “District 9,” is back in a supporting role, but the success that Blomkamp achieved with his debut has attracted the attention of stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, which indicates that this might be more of a blockbuster than a small sci-fi sleeper hit. Yet some of the best sci-fi movies are big-budget extravaganzas, and the notion of a bald Damon leading his people to fight against their oppressors, led by Foster in a role that seems perfectly suited for her, is undeniably exciting. As long as it maintains the creativity of Blomkamp’s previous enterprise and doesn’t get too caught up in being a blow-out action piece, I think this could be another slam dunk for Blomkamp and his celebrity cast. This teaser gives away little about the film, so there’s plenty more to expect, and I’m sure it will prove worthwhile.

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