In a summer movie season crowded with post-apocalyptic themes, director Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi film "Elysium" is starting to look like the most intriguing of them all.
The flick takes place in the year 2154. The wealthy live in a luxurious space station free of crime, disease, hunger and poverty called Elysium — while the rest of humanity scrapes by on a polluted and ruined Earth. When the character played by Matt Damon discovers that he has less than five days to live, he hatches a plan to travel to Elysium to cure his illness and ultimately balance the scales.
While an earlier teaser trailer showed us only bits and pieces of the two worlds, this latest glimpse is full-on eyeball candy. Along with a better idea of the plot, we're given more time of Damon in cyborg mode, riveting, beautiful action scenes, and additional moments of Jodie Foster looking concerned.
As mentioned back in April, Damon counts two weeks of the "Elysium" shoot as being the toughest of his career — in particular because the crew was filming within Mexico City's Bordo Poniente landfill, the world's second largest dump.
"(We had to) literally eat s**t ... It was explained to us that, like any dump anywhere in the world, the dust is actually comprised largely of fecal matter," he shared. "After they tell you that the dust is all fecal matter, then they see what you're doing (on set), they go, 'You know, not your dust ... all the other dust!' So, at the end of every day, as we'd wipe this stuff off, we'd be basically throwing these s**tty towels at each other."
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