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Elysium is 's follow-up to District 9, and is probably my most anticipated movie for the rest of the summer. Starring , and , the latest TV spot shows off just how awesome it looks. There isn't much new footage to be seen here, but it's all about the energy behind this heavy-duty sci-fi. Someone get Blomkamp on the Mass Effect movie ASAP!

(via Coming Soon)

If you're not educated in Elysium yet, here's a brief synopsis:

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land.

Matt Damon's character is going to have a few things to say about that. Also, he might shoot some stuff. Either way, the movie will definitely have a political angle to it, akin to District 9 which made pointed references to apartheid and was set in the near future amid racial tensions. This could be an ambitiously ballsy move for such a big budget flick but, as Blomkamp already illustrated, he's wholly capable of taking an even-handed and entertaining approach to such issues.

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