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Comic-Con : Elysium Panel

Comic-Con : Elysium Panel

Now, I’m undecided.

Sony lost me with “Total Recall” but then gained me back, in a big way, with Rian Johnson’s “Looper” – which I went so far as to say was my number one must-see movie of the next twelve months.

That was until I sat through the “Elysium” panel, which concluded the Sony panel.

The new film from “District 9” director Neil Blomkamp looks like a delicious science-fiction spectacle with some masterful actors – Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley. It tells of a space station, Elysium, where the rich can live with no poverty and be quickly healed from any illness, by the machines on the space station.

  • Matt Damon, sans hair, plays a poor, sick man on Earth who has to 5 days to live… unless he gets his ass to Elysium. Copley plays a bounty hunter trying to stop Damon’s character from getting there.
  • The footage also revealed William Fichtner’s character to be a man on Elysium who Damon’s character has to kidnap. Jodie Foster plays one of the seniors on Elysium, who learns of Damon’s plans.
  • There’s also some cool-looking robots, who go after Damon after he fails to kidnap Fichtner.
  • There’s an exoskeleton that Damon has to wear – with spots for his guns to plug directly in – which looks awesome.
  • There’s some great fight sequences between Damon and Copley’s (he’s got a sword!) characters in the movie.
  • The space station looks colourful, almost paradise-like, but Earth looks grungy… not unlike ‘District 9’.
  • The movie was shot mostly on green screens. Foster said she enjoyed the experience of working with nothing.
  • The robots are actually stuntmen wearing costumes – looks great.

Again, “Elysium” is going to be a spectacle!

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Olivia Marne is a Melbourne-based University graduate and full-time publisher who joined Moviehole in 2011.

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