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Elysium (I) (2013)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  9 August 2013 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sharlto Copley had to wear dark contact lenses for his character. See more »


The robotic parole officer has the sensory capabilities to detect vital signs but is unable to detect when people are writing graffiti on it. 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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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 »


Referenced in Half in the Bag: Summer Movie Catch Up and Things (2013) See more »


Written by Lorn (as Marcos Ortega)
Performed by Lorn
Courtesy of Ninja Tune Ltd
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User Reviews

Set in a dystopian future, Max De Costa fights to survive and get to Elysium.
8 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

'Elysium' starring Matt Damon is the perfect summer popcorn movie. It has everything you would want in a movie; a great cast that serves their purpose and visceral special effects that might even land the team an Oscar. Everything including all the fight scenes were executed flawlessly. Coming out of this movie I had close to no complaints. The writing was a bit dodgy in some areas, but the great acting and effects quickly draw you back into the story. Neil Blomkamp, who dazzled audiences with district nine 4 years prior, does a fantastic job once again with this flick. His vision made the story very real to movie goers everywhere. Overall 'Elysium' is worth every penny to watch in theater.

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