We Finally Know What Elysium, Neill Blomkamp's Follow Up To District 9, Is Actually About

There was a preview screening of Elysium held last night, somewhere in the US. As well as recruiting audience members in cinemas and malls, as has been the case for many a year, the market researchers also issued tickets online. Alongside info on where and when the film would be screening, the online invite included a plot blurb. And here it is:

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 the 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.

Another socio-political sci-fi story, by the looks of things. The focus on immigration puts this in a pretty similar ballpark to District 9 in some respects, though I'd expect the film's aesthetic to be rather different. As far as we know, it's a more traditional narrative piece with none of the pseudo-documentary stylings.

Well, very few of them at least. I bet there's still a lot of hand-held, zoom camerawork. Seems to be a clear part of Blomkamp's visual preference.

Our previous info on the film was limited to some on-set snaps of Matt Damon with a shaved head and the Armadyne viral site. Here's the first viral vid from that campaign.


Thanks to Collider for their grab of the e-ticket.