Elysium: First Trailer Released (Video)

By Dmitry Sheynin , Apr 10, 2013 01:48 PM EDT

The first Elysium trailer has finally been released and does it ever deliver. Elysium is director Neill Blomkamp's highly anticipated followup to District 9, which chronicles the story of a stranded alien spaceship and its insectoid passengers as they learn to cope with life in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Elysium trailer can be found at the bottom of this page.

Elysium takes place in the year 2159 and, like District 9, serves as an allegory for contemporary society. The plot of Elysium focuses on social stratification. There are two classes of people in 2159: the extremely rich who live aboard a space station called Elysium and then everyone else, who live on a ruined Earth.

In the Elysium trailer we see Jodie Foster's character — a government bureaucrat with a hardline anti-immigration stance — working to stop Matt Damon's character from getting inside Elysium. The Elysium trailer shows Damon receiving some kind of cybernetic implant that will aid him on his trek. The device, among other things, seems to grant him superhuman strength. It's unclear what the little TV on the back of his head does.

Here's the official synopsis for the movie, and the Elysium trailer can be found beneath it.

"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 line 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."

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