For his second film, Neill Blomkamp chose to follow District 9 with a vision of class warfare as seen through a sci-fi lens. Elysium, starring Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, and Jodie Foster, has some great concepts and in many cases is executed well. But the movie faltered significantly, with Copley’s over the top villain contrasting with the grimy and ugly underclass seen in detail in the first act, and then, well, whatever Jodie Foster was doing, which just didn’t click. Now Blomkamp is being more candid than we ever see from most directors, saying “I feel like I f*cked it up” when talking about the movie. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Germain Lussier
As the new year begins, it’s nice to have films to look forward to. Which is why we write lists of our own, personal, most anticipated films. Even more so than a top 10 list, anticipated lists showcase a writer’s personality. In an ideal world, these 10 movies would be 10 of our favorites when the year is over. More often than not though, the films we’re excited about are not the best we see. Most of the time, there are some really bad calls. Occasionally there are some really good calls. Which is why I like to own up to my list from the previous year and critique myself.
Posted on Monday, August 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Whether you’re depicting an ugly urban dystopia, or merely the end of the world as we know it, a lot of work goes into crafting scenes worthy of splashy summer releases. Today, we have two videos that show just what that labor entails.
A new featurette spotlights the special effects of Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, while 15 minutes of B-roll footage show what went on behind the scenes of Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. Hit the jump to check them out. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, August 11th, 2013 by David Chen
Dave, Devindra, and Jeff Cannata discuss Werner Herzog’s incredible new PSA, the moving documentary Kings of Pastry, and the state of celebrity Kickstarters. Check out the state of Spike Lee’s Kickstarter, read up on shushers, and learn more about Jeff’s new show at his blog.
Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
From the first time footage was revealed from Neill Blomkamp‘s second film, Elysium, we marveled at the gorgeous design. There are ships, mech suits, guns, and a utopian station where the super-rich live in peace while normal people suffer on Earth. Everything looked dirty and grimy, but incredibly cool.
The latest book from Titan, Elysium: The Art of the Film, will finally give fans a chance to truly stare at and digest these images. It hits shelves Tuesday but, below, we have some exclusive images. Elysium the film opens Friday August 9. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
No doubt plenty of District 9 fans were sold on Elysium the moment they heard the words “directed by Neill Blomkamp.” But moviegoers who need a little more convincing than that can feast their eyes on the new extended trailer, which clocks in at nearly four minutes long.
In the year 2159, society is divided into two very different classes. The wealthy reside their days on a gorgeous, comfortable space station called Elysium, while the poor toil away on ruined Earth below. Matt Damon stars as Max, one of the have-nots who attempts to bridge the gap between the two worlds when his circumstances grow desperate. Watch the video after the jump.
Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Is Matt Damon saving the world in Elysium via action and violence, or social networking? The new poster for the upcoming film from Neill Blomkamp features Damon’s face overlaid with text that seems very much inspired by the marketing for The Social Network.
See that poster below. In addition to that image, we’ve got three featurettes that explore the world of the film — both of the trash-littered Earth and the gleaming colony for the rich that orbits above. There’s also a clip that expands on one scene already seen briefly in trailers. All together, the videos will give you a pretty detailed portrait of the film. Read More »
Briefly: Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up, Elysium, is getting a lot bigger. The film will be released in IMAX theaters on August 9, to play alongside the standard-def presentation.
This is a digital re-master rather than a presentation featuring footage shot in native IMAX format, so that’s a downside. On the other hand, what we’ve seen of Elysium so far (revisit the trailer here) suggests that Blomkamp has expanded his vision of human sociaety as it could stand many years from now, and the massive scope of IMAX could be a great way to see the vistas of the orbital colony Elysium.
“Neill Blomkamp is the kind of innovative, creative storyteller that moviegoers seek out, and we are thrilled to bring this highly anticipated film to IMAX audiences worldwide,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President IMAX Corp.
Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
We’ve seen most of the big summer fare for 2013, with Pacific Rim and The Wolverine as two of the last big forces yet to be deployed by studios. But then there’s Neill Blomkamp’s second film, Elysium, which hits in August. The sci-fi picture stars Matt Damon as a guy who has just five days to live, who attempts to gain access to an orbital colony for the rich, where health care is more advanced than what can be found on the squalid Earth below.
Blomkamp makes films that look big, but his first, District 9, had more bite and backbone than is typical for a studio summer tentpole. There’s reason, from what we’ve seen so far, to expect the same from Elysium. If the long trailer Sony recently released seemed like more than you wanted to see, here’s a shortened version. It gets the same general idea across, only without lingering on some of the details. Read More »