Video Found: Elysium Teaser (Neill Blomkamp)


Rumor has it that the following video is part of the viral marketing campaign for Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming
Elysium (a science fiction film).  This would be the second teaser to appear in video form in the last two months (unless I’ve missed anything).  I’ve included both videos in this post.

First, the videos (after the fold):


My initial thoughts boil down to this conversation with myself:

Fan Shaun:  OMFG!  This is the best thing that ever happened to me! 

Critical Shaun:  To us, sir.  And of course it’s “OMFG.”  It’s freaking Neill Blomkamp.  He’s what Michael Bay can’t even dream of being anymore.

FS:  I know!  It’s like science fiction just got a special idea pill delivered on a silver platter of South African awesome.

CS:  A rectally administered pill.

FS:  Wait, what?  Why would it be rectally administered?

CS:  Because SF film has had its head so far up its own ass it can taste the chewed food before it reaches the stomach.  How else would you explain the atrocious quantity of pointless action films masquerading as science fiction?  The pill has to be administered in the most direct way possible to counteract the effects of film stupidity.

FS:  Come on, they’re not all that bad…

CS:  No?  How about Transformers 2?

FS:  Okay, but…

CS:  Star Trek?

FS:  Yes, but

CS:  Avatar?

FS:  Well, you might have a point there

CS:  2012?

FS:  Okay, you win…

CS:  Like I said, it must be administered rectally to have the greatest effect.

FS:  Okay, but the point of all this is that Elysium is going to be awezum!

CS:  Yes, I agree, which is why the teaser videos above have forced me to give birth to a tentacled science fiction baby.

Long pause…

FS:  There’s something wrong with you…

CS:  Probably…

Now, I’m sure there’s a very good reason why my fan self and my critical self both sound slightly insane, but it’s definitely not because I’m weird or anything.  Point is, Elysium is looking like it might very well be the injection of sensawunda that science fiction film needs these days.  We can only hope, right?

What about you?  Are you looking forward to Blomkamp’s new flick?

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

2 thoughts on “Video Found: Elysium Teaser (Neill Blomkamp)

  1. Bored, bored, bored – and that was at 1:29 into the promo. And they expect me to sit through this snorefest… I like movies that require me to do some thinking, but I ahouldn't have to pursue a PHD to understand teh point of it.

    I agree about the movies that aren't really science fiction being dumb, dumber and dumbest. But, I thought the lastest Star Trek had its moments.

  2. I don't see what's so difficult to understand about the first video. He's created a virus that kills off the bottom 70% in terms of intelligence and that transmits through the electrical currents in the brain…and the video itself is a transmitter for the virus.

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