Collider and STYD have uncovered plot details for director Neill Blomkamp’s DISTRICT 9 follow-up ELYSIUM and the upcoming horror sequel THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGELS OF DEATH. Feel free to check out the info below and then stick around for some pithy commentary.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: Seized by the government and converted into a military mental hospital during World War II, the sudden arrival of disturbed soldiers to Eel Marsh House has awoken its darkest inhabitant. Eve, a beautiful young nurse, is sent to the house to care for the patients but soon realizes she must save them from more than their own demons. Despite Eve’s efforts to stop her, one by one they fall victim to the Woman in Black.
ELYSIUM: In the year 2159 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 Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Okay …THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGELS OF DEATH doesn’t sound as bad as I initially thought it would. I’m still not sure this is a story that needs to become a franchise but whatever. Hammer seems to be doing something different (more characters means more victims!) and I can’t really knock them for that. I just hope they don’t attempt to bring Daniel Radcliffe’s character back as a (SPOILER ALERT!!!) ghost or something. Always bugs me when sequels bring back the lead from the previous installment for a gratuitous cameo despite their character having been killed off (see Justin Long’s incredibly unnecessary cameo in JEEPERS CREEPERS 2).
As for ELYSIUM, I like what I’m reading. Blomkamp has clearly aimed his sights higher than mech-suits and alien refugees for his sophomore effort and that’s a good thing. Only problem I see is the above synopsis makes ELYSIUM sound a little too much like the recent Justin Timberlake dud IN TIME. I’m sure the two films will be VERY different, especially since Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley are far more talented than Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Leonard from THE BIG BANG THEORY, but you can’t deny the premises share the same DNA.