First 'Elysium' Clip: Neill Blomkamp's Future of Automated Everything

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 07:39 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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First 'Elysium' Clip: Neill Blomkamp's Future of Automated Everything

Anyone who has ever lost their patience while navigating the labyrinth of automated customer service is going to get a kick out of the first clip from Elysium.

Why? Because Matt Damon doesn't quite lose his cool, but he does throw some world-class sarcasm at a robo-clerk.  Not a customer service robo-clerk, though. 

In Neill Blomkamp's vision of the twenty-second century, this robot is a representative of the court in an assembly line justice system.

Elysium is science-fiction concerned with contemporary social commentary, and it's telling that the first clip isn't an action sequence or visual effects showpiece.  Instead, we get a day-in-the-life glimpse at the unsubtle shitiness of this ordinary guy's life, as he endures an exaggerated version of the dehumanizing nonsense we all put up with on a daily basis.

While Blomkamp's 2009 feature debut District 9 was also concerned with blunt contemporary relevance, it had a pretty jet-black view of human nature, slowly allowing very dark humor to give way to a gooey humanism.  Actually, it was Prawnism, but that's not really the point.  Elysium, in contrast, appears to embrace its humanity right off the bat.  Luckily it has Damon, an actor who can convey decency and humor without breaking a sweat.

See for yourself in the clip, here thanks to Yahoo! Movies.

Max's life on the polluted, overpopulated Earth is is already no great shakes, but it actually gets worse when he contracts an illness that will kill him in almost no time.  With no other option, our hero must break into the most secure location known to man: Elysium.

Elysium is an orbital space station inhabited exclusively by the super-mega-wealthy, who live in a man-made paradise free from war, crime, disease, or aesthetic offense.  In order to use Elysium's medical miracles, Max must upend the social order and do the impossible.  To stop him, the brass at Elysium throws everything it has at Max, including one very unsavory mercenary.

District 9 star Sharlto Copley plays that mercenary, while Jodie Foster gives Secretary Rhodes, the face of Elysium, the right steely determination.  The supporting cast also includes William Fichtner, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura, Diego Luna, and Faran Tahir.

Elysium hits theaters nationwide on August 9th.

We recently saw two very impressive featurettes promoting the film, which you can view by clicking here and here.  Oh, and just yesterday we saw a new one sheet that you can see by following this link.

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