The Insane Sex Robots We Never Saw in Elysium

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Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium depicted a decadent society that depends on robots for everything. But we never saw any sex robots — which was apparently almost the case, judging from this newly released concept art from Weta’s Aaron Beck. Update: They’re not sex robots, but rather fashion models.

Beck posted these images on his blog, including highly entertaining file descriptions like “Stompy McStompStomp” and “Fuck You Up Bot” for some of the military robots. We’ve seen some nice robot designs from this film before, but this might be the first time we’ve seen sexbots, plus some of the more crazy military hardware.

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Update: Beck writes to us to say these aren’t sex robots, but rather robot fashion models. He adds: “Yes, for one week my brief from Neill was: ‘Sexy robot fashion models’ — tough job, I know, right? But someones gotta do it.”

Check out more images over at Beck’s blog — including one NSFW robot — and here are some of our favorites.

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And here are some other robots and bits of hardware from the film:

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carrercrytharis
CarrerCrytharis

The one piece of genuine cleverness in this film was how the citizens of Elysium ceded their true power to the robots. They preserved their own authority, but delegated their strength to an impartial, dispassionate force that did not share their prejudices.

By editing a file, Matt Damon and his friend were able to harness that strength for the rest of humanity. Once this was done, the robots would no longer harm Earth-dwellers, or allow them to come to harm through inaction (which is why they dispatched medical aid to Earth).

Essentially, the presence of robots and artificial intelligence in a position of power (who were not influenced by that position's usual prejudices) allowed the class gap to be bridged in a way that would not have been possible otherwise. This was a genuinely interesting plot element, and should have been brought up much earlier, instead of being tossed off in the last five seconds. But then we wouldn't have had time for Matt Damon running through flashing corridors, or hours upon hours of nausea-inducing seizure-cam >:(