‘Elysium’ Trailer: Matt Damon Fights for the Future’s 99 Percent (Video)

The actor fights to save his own life (and others) in director Neill Blomkamp's futuristic action thriller.

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 1:15 PM

Matt Damon suits up to take down the future's oppressive one percent in the first trailer for Sony's "Elysium."

Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to "District 9" takes place in the year 2154, a future where the wealthiest human beings are lucky to live high up in the sky in a titular space station — so advanced that tanning bed-like machines can detect and cure cancer in seconds. The poorest, however, aren't so lucky and are stuck living on the old, crappy planet Earth.

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Damon is a member of the latter social class, while Jodie Foster plays the villainous head of Elysium — a place Damon's character is so desperate to infiltrate, he undergoes a painful procedure to mount a powerful exoskeleton to his body.

"District 9" good guy Sharlto Copley takes a turn as a bad guy in the science fiction thriller that looks like a vivid vision of where our society is heading if the rich keep using our planet's resources to get richer, while the poor only get poorer.

Watch the "Elysium" trailer: