MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 184 this week

Elysium (I) (2013)

 -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  9 August 2013 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 262,182 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 768 user | 463 critic | 47 from Metacritic.com

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 05 Oct 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 29 Jan 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 31 Mar 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 19 Nov 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Elysium" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Elysium (2013)

Elysium (2013) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Elysium.

User Polls

1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Oblivion I (2013)
Action | Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough
World War Z (2013)
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
Pacific Rim (2013)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi
District 9 (2009)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp
Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Looper (2012)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
Prometheus I (2012)
Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant planet containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender
Man of Steel (2013)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.

Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Director: Shane Black
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow
The Wolverine (2013)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto
Avatar (2009)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A Paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home..

Director: James Cameron
Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
I Am Legend (2007)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Max
...
...
...
...
...
...
Brandon Auret ...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

In the year 2154, 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 Delacourt, a 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 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. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

9 August 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eliziejus  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,807,393 (USA) (9 August 2013)

Gross:

$93,050,117 (USA) (22 November 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Takes place in the year 2154 AD, which is the exact same year that Avatar (2009) takes place in. See more »

Goofs

When Kruger is sitting next to Frey on board the Raven, he is wearing his armor. When he walks over to the control console a few seconds later, his armor is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: Earth's wealthiest inhabitants fled the planet to preserve their way of life.
[pan from earth to an orbiting wheel world]
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the soundtrack part of the end titles it says:

"Piano Concerto No. 8 in C minor 'Pathetique' - Adagio Cantabile Written by Ludwig van Beethoven"

L. v. Beethoven wrote only five piano concertos (his eighth piano sonata is titled "Pathetique" however). See more »


Soundtracks

Elysium
Written by Ryan Amon
Performed by Ryan Amon
[Courtesy of 2013 Varese Sarabande]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Competent film with unexploited potential, but satisfying nonetheless
10 September 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I tend to be curious every time a talented filmmaker gets to direct a film set in a pessimistic future/post-apocalyptic era : visually, it's the perfect setting for desolated landscapes and amazing images of urban chaos ; story-wise, it's the perfect occasion to insert social commentary and establish more or less subtle metaphors about our current way of life, our current values, and extend in a fictitious way many assumptions that we have regarding the fate of mankind and our very own planet.

In my opinion, it has to be one of science-fiction's most important sub-genres, since it leaves so much room to contemporary concerns (the environment, pollution, wars, immigration, etc.). Films like "Children of Men", "Looper", and "The Road" have greatly contributed to this sub-genre which, in reality, is not really new, but is constantly being redefined and given different treatments : "Children of Men" was an ode to life, "Looper" felt a lot like a modern-day western, "The Road" was a classic tale of a father-and-son relationship, and now, "Elysium", a thriller/action film/social commentary about disparity between the rich and the poor. Neill Blomkamp burst out of the scene in 2009 with "District 9", a very similar project in several regards, and blew audiences away with a clever mix of documentary-style filmmaking, explosive action, and the refreshing implement of an obvious social commentary.

"Elysium" starts off brilliantly, showcasing two opposite environments: the old Earth, which has turned into a huge ghetto where people live like cattle, and Elysium, a high-end space station where all the wealthy people from Earth have moved to establish their home. We are then introduced to our protagonist, Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), whose quest is quickly defined after being exposed to deadly radiation : With five days left to live, Max will ally up with a group of illegal immigrants to get to Elysium so he can get the proper medical attention he needs. But Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), an evil government executive in charge of defending Elysium, will stand in his way, by hiring Kruger (Sharlto Copley), a psychopathic mercenary in charge of neutralizing all illegal immigrants.

The first third of "Elysium" is both fascinating and stressful : You are being introduced to the over-populated Earth, its hospitals, its industrial plants, its streets. These images are very reminiscent of the Johannesburg ghettos depicted in "District 9". And then, you get to see glimpses of the wonderful Elysium, a visual tour-de-force that ends up being shamefully underused in the film. The first moments Max is shown after being exposed to radiation, the film jumps into a nerve-racking tone, and it is very effective, as it is blended with several dramatic elements that range from innovative to pretty common.

Unfortunately, the pace slows down in the second third, where Max's story gets sidelined a bit, to the profit of a few sub-plots that involve an unpredictable, yet not so major twist in terms of impact on the story, as well as a sub-story involving the daughter of an old friend of Max. And while the twist is a welcome addition, the sub-story comes a little out of nowhere and comes off as a bit of a cliché. It seemed like Blomkamp was trying to preserve this family theme that was dear to him in "District 9", and that served the story so well in his previous film. Its unusual aspect prevented it from being too clichéd (an alien dad and his alien son), which is unfortunately not the case in "Elysium". It does not ruin the film, but it does steal its share of precious screen time in a film that feels a tad too short, and leads it towards more conventional developments.

Then the pace picks up again, with a third act that consists mostly of a bunch of pretty awesome action/fighting sequences, where the feeling of urgency from the original quest has pretty much left the building. In terms of writing, this is conventional stuff, but the technical expertise behind the visuals and the sound is a thing of beauty. Also, the dramatic elements displayed in the first third are briefly brought back to seal the deal, and do provide a satisfying feeling of closure to the story.

Overall, this is quality entertainment with impressive visuals, and a world of ideas that had infinite potential. And while "Elysium" exploited only a fraction of its potential, what it did exploit it did it successfully. Directing, photography, music, and performances are all superb. With a decent yet a bit unoriginal social commentary in the background that does get shelved in the second half to the profit of rock-solid action sequences, the strengths of "Elysium", taken individually, do feel a bit scattered, but make for an overall very competent package.


24 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not bad for left-wing propaganda red95king
Which was better: Elysium or District 9? rocketrider231
Kruger's accent quikfan7
Is med bay plausible technology in the far future? leonthecleaner-1
but why were the Med Beds exclusive to Elysium? graffix0-449-396310
Was Jodie Foster all ADR? cstinett
Discuss Elysium (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page