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

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$115,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$93,050,117 (USA) (22 November 2013)
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"Easter Egg." In the John Carlyle hijacking scene, during an overhead shot, a white horse is seen for 2 seconds, standing and grazing on the bottom left side of the screen. The horse appears at approximately 52 minutes into the film, shortly after Carlyle's ship crashes. In mythologies of cultures around the world, white horses are associated with sun chariots, warrior-heroes, fertility, an end-of-time savior and more. See more »

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SECDEF Delacourt is wearing a white-on-white suit at the pool party when she receives the communication about an illegal ship approaching. In the next scene, she is walking to a control room wearing a metallic gray suit. The transit time from Earth is cited as 19 minutes, so it is unlikely she would have changed so fast. From the control room, she is urgently summoned by the President and appears in front of him wearing the white suit again. See more »

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Entertaining Science-Fiction with some flaws
19 August 2013 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Elysium

Elysium is at one point disappointing and at the other it is fine. It's a Dystopia which does not look like it could be too far away from the present. The longer you think about it, Elyisum already happens everywhere, and Neill Blomkamp is a South African native, so it becomes clear, that the message is about poverty and money in the future. The difficulty making such a future logic and scientifically well, is obvious, and it is not completely convincing. There lies the main problem of a sci-fi movie. You make either a starwarsy fairy tale or you have to make it very, very believable like the director's much acclaimed "District 9".

Plotwise it reminded me of "Wall-E" (which was better), "Oblivion", "Escape from NY" and some anime type plots . The story was very predictable from the beginning and for my taste, it could have been made completely PG 18 in terms of violence, to make it darker and more grim. Now, it looks a bit indecisive. The actors were fine, especially the less known, like Copley, Luna and Moura. Jodie Foster is great here, reminded me a bit of Tilda Swintons performance in "Michael Clayton". Matt Damon is a good actor, but he's a bit overused lately. In comparison to "Pacific Rim" it's clear, why the audience is more happy with Del Toros skyscraper-style movie: it's pure entertainment, reality is far away and the violence is very mild - you hate it or you love it.

To sum it up, I was well entertained by this. I liked the strong hints of real present problems. I disliked the predictable way the story unfolds, the overall mixture of action and violence and some illogic details. I definitely want to see more movies by Blomkamp and so it gets my 7.0.


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