film / tv / politics / social media / lists / web / celeb / pajiba love / misc / about / cbr
film / tv / politics / web / celeb


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

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 1, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 1, 2013 |

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.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

"Lone Survivor" Trailer: Peter Berg Tries To Make Taylor Kitsch Happen Again, and I Think It Just Might Work | Biz Break: Notoriously Not Nice Person Sarah Michelle Gellar Throws the Buffy Movie Under the Bus