Elysium-PosterIf you’ve seen any of the trailers for Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore movie, Elysium, then you’ll need no persuading that it’s absolutely one of the year’s must-see movies.

The director returns to the sci-fi genre that he handled so brilliantly with District 9, and I cannot wait to see what he comes to the table with next. The footage we’ve seen so far suggests it’s going to be awesome.

Following the film’s appearance at Comic-Con over the weekend, Sony have released the first clip from the film, via Yahoo Movies, in which we get to see leading man Matt Damon having trouble getting through to a robot.

The impoverished inhabitants of a ruined planet Earth fight to join the safe and pristine living conditions of the space station Elysium, where only the wealthy and healthy reside. In need of medical treatment only available on Elysium, one resident of the planet’s slums attempts to reach the space station at any cost, and his actions could offset the entire balance of haves and have-nots.

Damon in joined by a terrific international ensemble cast, led by Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Diego Luna, Alice Braga, and Faran Tahir.

Blomkamp is again directing from his own script, with Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes) producing.

Elysium will be released in regular and IMAX cinemas on August 9th in the US, with its UK release date alas set slightly later, landing the following month on 20th September.