The District 9 Director Has A New Movie: It Looks Like Every Video Game Ever Made…

The District 9 Director Has A New Movie: It Looks Like Every Video Game Ever Made…

Neill Blomkamp is famous for creating one of the few geniunely original science fiction movies of the last decade in District 9, but you may also remember him as the man who was supposed to direct the now canned Halo movie. The first trailer for his next movie Elysium has just been released and the video game influences shine through. It looks like Halo. It looks like Vanquish. It looks like Mass Effect. It looks like every science fiction game you’ve played in the last five years and it looks amazing.

Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, Elysium is about a Halo-like structure built above the earth where richer, upper class folks live in luxury, whilst regular plebs live in poverty on the earth below. Matt Damon is the man who tries to break into Elysium.

Here’s the synopsis…

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, a 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 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.

In Greek mythology, Elysium was a concept of the afterlife. A place reserved for mortals related to the Gods.
This movide sounds awesome.

As a massive fan of District 9, I am just a little bit excited for this.



  • Looks pretty, the story sounds super dull though.

    Hopefully there’s a bit more to it than: break into structure, activate something, restore equity.

  • This looks awesome! A few other details for the movie though:

    He plays a man who lives on earth (now a massive garbage dump) who one day at work is accidentally locked in a room and exposed to radiation and is given merely days to live. He hears of the machines in Elysium that can cure him, but none of these machines exist on earth, so that is his incentive to go there.

    His gun is called ‘the Chemrail’. According to people who saw the footage at Comiccon and the recent 10 minute screening, it’s incredible.

    Sharlto Copley plays a ‘samurai’ activated by Jodie Foster who runs Elysium to hunt down Matt Damon.

    Aliens MAY be involved somehow. Not THE Alien, just aliens. This is not confirmed. At all. Just rumors and speculation.

    It’s Neil Blomkamps 2nd movie and had a budget of 120 million dollars, it’s a ‘make or break’ movie for the director in terms of box office.

    And yeah he definitely DID use videogames as inspiration for it!

    Really looking forward to it!!!! Looks awesome 😀

  • Is it bad of me to only have gotten “As a massive fan of District 9” from this article?

    That movie was so awful i actually wished i had never seen it, it literally revolted me.

    Though this movie sounds interesting enough that i’ll probably watch it. Which is a lot for me since imo the quality of movies has deteriorated to such a low these days that not much is worth watching.

    • It’s not a crime not to like the movie, I know a few people who didn’t for various reasons. To be honest, I don’t quite know what you couldn’t like about it, but it’s like me saying I can’t stand Twilight and a woman screeching at me that I should love it, it’s individual taste. So no, it’s not bad you don’t like it but there was a lot more to it than Mark just being a massive D9 fan.

        • I have to agree with Potato on this one. Although the movie was quite witty and entertaining in parts I was very angry when the credits rolled; I felt incredibly ripped off. The acting and VFX were fine, but the story was painful and the pacing was more erratic than a hand job from an 80 year old epileptic prostitute.

          However… THIS LOOKS FUCKING RAD!

          MATT DAAAAMON!

    • I’m curious, what didn’t you like about it? Was it the quality of writing, directing or acting, or was it the actual content and themes?

      • All of it, i found the entire thing awful, from the acting to the plot. The whole thing just didn’t sit right with me. I’d have to watch ti again to tell you more specifically but i remember it left an awful taste when i was done.

    • I certainly didn’t think it was awful, but I saw D9 as a double feature with Moon, which blew me away. D9 paled in comparison.

      It’s all just personal taste, though. I know plenty of people who didn’t like Moon at all.

  • “Genuinely original”? I dunno Mr Serrels, Distric 9 was pretty Alien Nationey to me. It was a pretty awesome movie though, and there were no South African accents or Christopher Johnsons in Alien Nation. But still.

  • The movie looks all science fiction-y and lovely, but that plot sounds incredibly unoriginal and overdone. Now, if it were a Battle Angel Alita type plot, that would be cool.

  • Ah Jodie Foster, thanks for ditching the “mom” roles and getting back to doing what u do best, in this case looking tender… as a sheet of bullet proof glass.

  • From the makers of that one movie with the incredible realistic graphics despite the low special effects budget, Video Game: The Movie!

    Spoilers: Matt Damon accidentally unleashes the flood.

  • why do people need to compare shit to something prior? is it the same complex as why people need a god figure and for to be a human? take it for what it is, not for what it reminds you of closely being but not really, but partially is… FUCK!! Idiots pretending to be intelligent.

  • For those commenting that the plot seems derivative or unoriginal, it’s a bit hasty to draw those conclusions this quickly. With that argument you could say most movies shouldn’t bother being made. Pfft another film set on Earth – boring. Another sci-fi film with futuristic technology and the world being grossly divided in wealth – been there, done that.

    Really?? It’s about the execution and the differences which will decide if it’s good or not. Most Sci-fi movies (in comparison to tv shows, books, movies etc.) end up a little stuck having to have slightly simpler stories to allow enough screentime to setup the universe and explanation of the rules whilst telling a story. Most scifi fan favorites have relatively simple stories or are quite long in film length.

    This looks good, that’s about as much as we can and should gather from this trailer.

    • True, there’s few stories that haven’t been already told these days. Romance, betrayal, war, those have all been endlessly told through many different mediums. The real difference in how it’s told.

  • “In Greek mythology, Elysium was a concept of the afterlife. A place reserved for mortals related to the Gods.” Amd cleverly, it sounds and looks a lot like the world ‘asylum’.

    Also, I don’t think I’d call District 9 original. It’s actually a mash up of really commonly used themes and visuals. The thing that made it fresh was taking the themes of xenophobia/polital/social/wealth issues and remixing them with a sci-fi movie. I like it when people mix genres that are normally far apart. I enjoyed District 9, I didn’t like its conclusion but everything else about it was really appealing.

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