Matt Damon in First Image From Elysium
07.05.12 by Ryan
After being able to operate mostly out of the public eye, more is finally being revealed from writer-director Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi movie Elysium, with the first official photo from the movie released in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly. Though it is Blomkamp's follow-up to his extraordinary 2009 feature debut, District 9, not much has been known about Elysium outside of the director's reveal that the movie would contain "sociopolitical ideas" inside a "Hollywood action film." That is, until a synopsis was leaked online last month. "Well, I suppose it was going to happen eventually," Blomkamp told EW, while confirming that the plot synopsis would indeed be about a futuristic society where the wealthiest citizens dwell in an enormous space station while everyone else lives on a inhospitable Earth.
"Even though it's set in the future there are a lot of things that are relevant to today," said Blomkamp. "When I'm generating ideas, they tend to be based on something real to begin with, like looking at an issue in a new way. Then I immediately start thinking about how we can get guns and explosions and slime in there." That is certainly true in the first photo, dutifully scanned by The Playlist, which depicts star Matt Damon as the bald Max holding a giant gun labeled "Chemrail" (no explanation on that) and revealing the mechanized arm apparatus initially revealed in set photos last year.
While Sony plans to reveal more about Elysium at Comic-Con next week, this photo will have to do for now. Until then, check out the synopsis below.
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 (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.