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Elysium (I) (2013)

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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.



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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

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

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Release Date:

9 August 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eliziejus  »

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$115,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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The character of Delacourt was originally written for a man. See more »


When the CEO is changing the boot sequence he first of all modifies a 64bit ASM program, which might is outdated in 2154. Second the sequence he is adding is reading the control register into EBX (MOV EBX, CR0) followed by using an OR to modify the EBX register. There is no writing the result back into the control register. After that the copy routine of the interrupt table overwrites the EBX register so the changes to the CR0 is clearly lost at that point. Therefore the displayed changes have no effect. See more »


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

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References Total Recall (2012) See more »


The Pining Pt2
Written by Chris Clark
Performed by Chris Clark (as Clark) with Martina Topley-Bird
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It is flawed and by no means anywhere near on the same level as D9 but its solid entertainment and a smarter than average sci/fi film.
7 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Matt Damon stars in the Sci-fi/political thriller Elysium, Neill Blomkamp's follow up to District 9, along with Jodie Foster as Elysium's Secretary Delacourt and Sharlto Copley as the main villain Kruger. Is Elysium on par with Oscar nominated District 9? Absolutely NOT! Not even close but it is still a solid sci/fi entertainment. It is a more conventional film than its predecessor, which I was not expecting from Blomkamp.

The film starts of very cliché and gave me some eye roll moments but it quickly picks itself up from reaching into mediocrity. They way it does this is by evoking political messages through out the film in relevance with today's society. Questioning our handling with immigration, military power, our health care. Which I found to be important in this film. Obviously me and Blomkamp share each others political stance. For anyone else it might seem like its trying to oversell its message.

I felt most of the cast were very under used. Jodie Foster's character really didn't have much to work with. She was just there to move the plot forward. Matt Damon served his purpose as the lead but by no means of the imagination is this one of his best performances. They were all over shadowed by Sharlto Copley. My God, is he great as Kruger! Right away we are introduced into this provocative-sociopath with no regard for human life. The story really needed this kind of menacing character. He is by far the film's best positive. Another negative aspect of this film would be its pacing. When we are given emotional scenes they don't stay long enough to settle and doesn't give that emotional impact you were hoping for.

Like District 9 it delivers on the the beautiful imagery. Using the very best Weta Workshop has to offer. From its big guns to the human-like robots, to the space station of Elysium. The action set pieces were just as exciting as its predecessor. The film really manages to capture all its budget on screen. My biggest issue comes from the excessive use of shaky cam. It was used when the characters were simply walking to the action sequences. I felt ninety percent of this film was shaky cam. Which got me a little dizzy since I ,unfortunately, got to sit in the very front of the theater. That might have something to do with it as well.

Neill Blomkamp has established once again that he can compete with the best Directors of the genre films. Elysium shows more flaws than his first film but they are overwhelmed by its positive aspects, to me at least. It was not a disappointment and it was a solid popcorn entertainment and a smarter than average sci/fi film.

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