matt damon (in elysium)

Matt Damon in ‘Elysium’

*This week exclusive footage of the much-anticipated sci-fi thriller “Elysium” was shown in New York at Sony’s headquarters in their screening room.

Although the high-octane futuristic thriller is mind blowing, to say the least, it will raise a lot of eyebrows. The film takes place in the year 2159, where two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a Utopian like, man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, devastated Earth.

The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium, but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ opulent lifestyle.

The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission—one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces. If he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. August 9, 2013 is opening day.

Summer Films
With the exception of “White House Down,” written about last week here [See THE FILM STRIP, March 28] where early footage of this movie was reported on, the following list of films are on the radar for summer releases—as the dates draw nearer, more information will be provided.

April 26—PAIN & GAIN: Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Mark Wahberg. THE BIG WEDDING: Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams, Diane Keaton,
Katherine Heigl.

May 3—IRON MAN 3: Robert Downey, Jr.; Don Cheadle, Gwneyth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley.

May 10—VENUS AND SERENA: Venus and Serena Williams.  THE GREAT GATSBY: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher.

May 17—STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Benedic Cumberbatch.

May 24—FAST AND FURIOUS 6: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez.  THE HANGOVER: PART III: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Mike Epps, Mike Tyson.  EPIC: Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Aziz Ansari, Amanda Seyfried.

June 7—AFTER EARTH: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Zoe Kravitz, Sophie Okonedo.

June 12—THIS IS THE END: James Franco, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson.

June 14—MAN OF STEEL: Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner.

June 21—WORLD WAR Z: Brad Pitt, Eric West, Mustafa Harris, Mark Holden, Matthew Fox, Marcus Sinclair, Sarah Sharman, Okezie Morro.  MONSTER UNIVERSITY: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Ken Jeon, Alfred Molina.

June 28—WHITE HOUSE DOWN: Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, Jason Clarke, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

July 3—LONE RANGER:  Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, Grover Coulson. DESPICABLE ME 2: Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Miranda Cosgrove, Andre Robinson.

July 26—THE WOLVERINE: Hugh Jackman, Jessica Biel, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada.

August 7—PERCY JACKSON: SEA MONSTERS: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Yvette Nicole.

Syndicated columnist Marie Moore  reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected].