It’s been quite a while since we heard from Peter Jackson protegé Neill Blomkamp. The young director shook off the setback of losing the HALO adaptation, making a splash with his dusty, visceral Apartheid allegory/Alien refugees on Earth film District 9. He’s finally returned to the scene with Elysium, a sci-fi flick that promises more gritty realism, superb special effects work, and class warfare. Matt Damon stars as a man stranded on a polluted, ravaged, over-populated future Earth, desperate to reach Elysium — the opulent space station that houses the wealthy and privileged. Here’s the first trailer for the film, which fills me with sadness and remorse — not because it doesn’t look fantastic (it does) — but because it reinforces my belief that Blomkamps HALO film would have been mind-blowingly cool.
Jeff is the defining voice of his generation. Sadly, that generation exists only in an alternate dimension where George Lucas became supreme overlord of the Earth in 1979 and replaced every television broadcast and theatrical film on the planet with Star Wars and Godzilla movies. In this dimension, he’s just a guy from New England who likes writing snarky things about superheroes, monsters, and robots.