Elysium – Trailer AnalysisApril 13, 2013
We take a closer look at the trailer for Elysium, the new film from the director of District 9 starring Matt Damon.
I always love to see films with original ideas hit theaters, and it looks like Neill Blomkamp is delivering the goods once again with Elysium.
For those of you unfamiliar with his work, he was originally slated to direct the Halo film adaptation with Peter Jackson- which fell through, but at least he still made the great short Halo: Landfall. He also wrote and directed District 9, which proved to be massive critical and commercial success, also leading to four Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Editing, Visual Effects and Adapted Screenplay). With Elysium, lightning may well strike twice- the trailer shows promise, creativity and superb visuals.
This trailer intrigued and excited me. The focus on blending action, political motifs such as class warfare and parallels to reality seems like a clever mix in my eyes. I love how well Neill Blomkamp’s approach to directing comes across here too, for he shows that he is a director that prefers to minimize CGI and instead focus on real imagery. That said, the computer-generated shots shown in this trailer look simply astounding. It seems that Blomkamp is going for more of a cinematic style here as opposed to the documentary look of District 9, but I don’t think anything is lost in that choice since the visuals thus far look immaculate.
I do have a couple of minor issues though. Even though the actual plot of this film is left fairly vague, the ideas behind this film such as a hero of the working class fighting against the elites aren’t exactly that new. Elysium may inevitably take them in directions never seen before, but I just couldn’t help but notice that. Also, some of the visuals seem to be borrowed from other sci-fi works as well – Halo in particular.
Even so, Elysium looks to be an ambitious, intriguing and exciting new sci-fi flick. I will definitely be checking this film out.
Elysium opens in theaters on August 9, 2013.