Sunday Matinee: Elysium

elysiumI was going to do something about Superman today because of the latest film opening this weekend but it seems that Prairie Dog has really, really covered Superman. Boy we must really like Superman. We’ve done reviews on the latest film, essays, reported on casting, had Steve complain about the lack of underpants here, here, here and here and I’ve already looked at the original serials. I think everything is covered and the man of steel could use a break.

So instead I’m going to show a couple of upcoming trailers for some sci-fi films. The first is director Neill Blomkamp’s (District 9) Elysium. It looks like Blomkamp borrowed a bit of the plot from the brilliant manga Battle Angel Alita. The poor live on Earth in squalor while the rich live above Earth in a crime free, disease free society called Elysium. Matt Damon is trying to break into Elysium. It looks pretty good.

Next is Joon-ho Bong’s (The Host) first English language film Snowpiercer. It too is about class struggle in the future. After a failed attempt to stop global warming has resulted in a massive ice age, the remaining human population all live on a train that constantly travels around the Earth. The elite live at the front of the train and the poor at the back. Naturally the poor decide to fight back. It’s opening in South Korea this summer. Unfortunately The Weinstein Company has the America distribution rights so who knows when the film will get released here. Hopefully sometime next year.

Author: Shane Hnetka

Shane Hnetka has spent most of his life watching movies and reading comic books. He has decided to use this vast knowledge for evil instead of good.