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More Power Armor than You Can Shake a Prawn At: Elysium Extended Trailer and Clip

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 1, 2013 | Comments ()


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It’s a good thing that Elyisum comes out next week since the trailers and clips are getting longer and longer every few days, with the latest topping out at nearly four minutes. At the rate they’re growing (and remember kids, it’s always accurate and useful to simply extrapolate linear trends infinitely into the future), the trailers would exceed the length of the film by November and Neill Blomkamp would have to come back in for reshoots to make it longer. And illogical as that is, maybe that’s an explanation for how Peter Jackson turned a 300 page novel into 9 hours of movie with an additional 9 hours of extended scenes coming on the DVD.

But enough about that, it’s time for prawn fishing:

The problem is that the trailers have gradually gotten long enough that they’re giving the impression that we’ve already got the plot points down for at least the first half of the movie. Which might be totally inaccurate, but it sure feels like it.

And here’s the clip, which is strangely short and unsatisfying after that novella of a trailer:

I’m just glad that Blomkamp is again demonstrating one of the cardinal rules of science fiction: no matter how thoughtful and nuanced an idea, it can always be improved by the addition of power armor.




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  • Nobody

    Around the 2:55 mark in that trailer there is a voiceover saying something like "they will hunt you to the edge of the world for this". My god that is a magnificent voice, the tone, the accent, every thing about it, it's like honey and single malt scotch in a smoky bar. This has no bearing to the movie, i just felt it had to be said.

  • I hear good things about this Blomkamp fella.

  • Marc Greene

    Damn. I was hoping not to want to see this movie for budget/time reasons, but now it looks like I might have no choice.

  • BWeaves

    So it's Robocop meets 2001 meets Wall-E?

    Did they really implant this metal exoskeleton OVER his clothes? Because EW.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Total EW. The itching, the smells, yuck! Plus complete fail for not including a naked Matt Damon scene. Such a waste of potential gratuitous nudity!

  • Allijo

    Matt Damon. That is all.

  • Maguita NYC

    I was not looking forward to watching it, but this extended trailer sold me on the movie... This much promotion for a movie coming out in November, makes you wonder what they're hiding, or if they know the movie is a disappointment already.

  • By "November," you mean "next Friday," right?

  • Maguita NYC

    Thanks! I don't know why I thought this was out in November, and just checked it said Aug. 9.

    Woohoo. I'm ready for a romantic date movie with Matt!

  • If I remember correctly this was actually supposed to premiere in March. I think it shuffled only a few months before the release date.

  • Maguita NYC

    As one helplessly disorganized in her TV and movie viewings, I always count on Pajibans to tell me what to watch, and when to watch it.

    That way, I have someone else to blame whenever I miss something of importance.

  • NateMan

    You weren't looking forward to it? Heathen.

  • Maguita NYC

    I never said I wasn't!
    A heathen that is.

  • Wish this released tomorrow. Or right now.Why are movie studios making it so difficult for me to give them my money?

  • AshBookworm

    Is this an adaptation? Because if not, then I hope it dies really really well. Either way, it looks amazing.

  • Dragonchild

    Um, Sean Bean isn't in this movie.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    I hope it dies really really well.

    That is either the most unfortunate type-o ever, or an absolutely brilliant dig at the film.

  • AshBookworm

    *small voice* It's a typo. *slinks away in embarrassment*

  • Cazadora

    Upvoted as one of the best typos *ever*

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    Shhh. There, there. I got a few minutes of enjoyment out of it, so let's call it a win.

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