In the year 2159, humanity is sharply divided between two classes of people: The ultrarich live aboard a luxurious space station called Elysium, and the rest live a hardscrabble existence in Earth's ruins. His life hanging in the balance, a man named Max (Matt Damon) agrees to undertake a dangerous mission that could bring equality to the population, but Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) vows to preserve the pampered lifestyle of Elysium's citizens, no matter what the cost.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Producer: Simon Kinberg, Sue Baden-Powell, Bill Block, Neill Blomkamp
Cast: Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, William Fichtner, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, Alice Braga, Sharlto Copley
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If you like being force fed propaganda then you will love this movie. Also there were some pretty massive plot holes that are way obvious while you are viewing the movie. This movie is ultra violent and ultimately pretty weak.September 17th, 2013 · Details
A fun, smart, intense movie. Definitely worth your time. The only thing that bugged me was the acting by Jodi Foster, the rest were golden.
I was not originally pulled by this movie, especially as it initially appeared to be a Matt Damon political statement flick. He's been doing a lot of those and it's honestly turned me off to anything he is in. I never would have seen Elysium except that I needed to purchase a rental for it on Google Play in order to test some software. Watching the first 15 minutes during that test pulled me in, so I watched the rest that evening at home and do not regret it. The film is R rated mostly for profanity, as the level of violence in this movie does not come close to the violence experienced in many PG-13 movies ( such as Avengers, Hunger Games, and The Hobbit ). There is no sexuality or nudity to worry about at all. The storyline in the movie sets itself up as rich versus poor, but I saw it more as a story of an individual struggling against all odds to survive and make his own life meaningful. While the acting was honestly not very good, I found the story itself gripping and enjoyed it through to the end. I honestly don't know why so many people have decided to rate this movie in the 16-17+ range, it's very easily a 13+ friendly film. There is plenty of cursing, sure, but it's nothing a high school kid isn't exposed to daily among their peers.February 5th, 2014 · Details
The best things going for Elysium are its effects, a flash–bang plot, and enough symbolism to say we’ve got an allegory on our hands. Damon proves again why he’s one of our best leading men, and Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, and William Fichtner are pretty good bad’guys as well... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewJanuary 2nd, 2014 · Details
Though obviously well-intentioned --viewers of faith will sympathize with the narrative's point of view on a range of subjects -- the resulting parable is also laden with harsh vocabulary and visuals. As such, it's suitable only for stalwart grown-ups... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Damon hopes to crash their little party in this cool-looking film, which forgets to properly set the dramatic stage before all of the shooting and blowing up begins. Which is too bad, because ‚ÄúElysium‚Äù had the spark of an interesting moral dilemma, but chose to focus on the gee-whiz factor rather than a careful examination of the how-did-we-get-to-this-point scenario. It could have been great food for thought, but becomes a cotton candy and soda noisemaker instead... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewAugust 9th, 2013 · Details
Overall, Elysium is a disappointing second film from a writer/director who showed a touch of brilliance in his rookie effort. Not even Damon as a hero can rescue this misfire... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
‚ÄùElysium‚Äù is a smart sci-fi thriller that bundles the action and visuals we want from big-budget sci-fi with some provocative ideas about the logical consequences of the decisions we make on some of today‚Äôs most contentious issues... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Elysium is a good movie that could have been great had it focused more on character development and class warfare subtleties and less on standard-issue firefights... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Elysium takes off from a pure existential thriller situation (which it borrows from the great 1950 film noir D.O.A.), and it's been shot in an incredibly effective mode of raggedy, quick-cut anxiety. Yet apart from that health care allegory (and the 1 percent--versus--99 percent theme it emerges from), the plot is fairly basic... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review