Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley star in the first trailer for Elysium

Matt Damon in Elysium

In any normal year, Neil Blomkamp’s (DISTRICT 9) ELYSIUM would be the most talked about science fiction film of the year.  But 2013 is a very unusual year for science fiction in that there are several big time movies coming out with big time stars.  OBLIVION, PACIFIC RIM, GRAVITY, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL and not to mention the lesser films like THE HOST, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS and a slew of others I’m sure I’m missing.  The point is, this is a great year to be a science fiction fan.  Even considering the competition, I think ELYSIUM might separate itself from the pack as the first trailer for the film looks pretty impressive.  Given Blomkamp’s penchant for political undertones, I’m sure this will make you think while it dazzles you with action and special effects.

ELYSIUM stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Talisa Soto, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Diego Luna.  The Neill Blomkamp directed film opens in theaters on August 9th, 2013.

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