Today’s Movie Trailer: Matt Damon in Elysium

The future's not looking so bright in this the much-anticipated sci-fi thriller

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Yesterday’s hottest movie announcement—a super hyped trailer that had sneak-peek attendees slobbering yesterday—takes movie audiences to the year 2154, under the wing of District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. While that South African alien-thriller-slash-social-metaphor took place on an invaded Earth, this one bypasses the planet for a fancy-pants space station (Elysium, natch) on which a privileged few float high above the mess we’ve made of our world. Only losers live on Earth…well, at least until Matt Damon gets involved.

Elysium looks pretty great…if it weren’t for the creepiness of perfection and the whole class warfare thing. And nothing says you’re serious like making a decision that involves a bone saw.

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If the trailer’s not enough for you, check out the movie’s bells-and-whistles-filled tie-in website,, the Prometheus-style homepage of the company that makes these fancy space stations.

Elysium also stars Jodie Foster and District 9‘s Sharlto Copley. It opens Aug. 9, 2013.