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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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Neill Blomkamp

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Max
Jodie Foster ... Delacourt
Sharlto Copley ... Kruger
Alice Braga ... Frey
Diego Luna ... Julio
Wagner Moura ... Spider
William Fichtner ... John Carlyle
Brandon Auret ... Drake
Josh Blacker ... Crowe
Emma Tremblay ... Matilda
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Sandro
Maxwell Perry Cotton ... Young Max
Faran Tahir ... President Patel
Adrian Holmes ... Manuel
Jared Keeso ... Rico
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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

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

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

9 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eliziejus See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,807,393, 11 August 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$93,050,117

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$286,140,700
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2.35 : 1
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When Max is transported to Elysium there is a scene where the shuttle is turned upward, goes full throttle and leaves earth orbit. In the next scene we see inside the shuttle and Max holding his granate and talks to the woman without being fixated in his chair. In the whole movie there is no technology used to compensate for this kind of force. It is even so that in later scenes the vehicle inmates experience the force of acceleration. See more »

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Title Card: In the late 21st century Earth was diseased, polluted and vastly overpopulated.
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How did they get Matt Damon and Jodie Foster to do this film?
11 January 2014 | by mjnomapsSee all my reviews

I think the director, Neill Blomkamp, must have blackmailed them into it. Or maybe he held their dogs hostage? Because, if they read the script, they had to have known that all the special-effects in the world wouldn't save it.

I LOVE sci-fi. But I hated this film. In fact, I'm angry that this film was released. Just as we've finally started getting some good sci-fi movies produced, this thing comes along. And presto, sci-fi gets a bad reputation, once again.

I'm having trouble deciding which was worse; the plot or the camera work.

Just kidding. It's the plot! The plot is one dimensional characters we don't care about, fighting a war we don't care about. In fact, more than once during the movie, I was hoping the bad guys would just kill Damon's character. That would put us BOTH out of our misery.

The camera work and editing isn't much better, and hits a low in the fight scenes. Watching the fight scenes is like trying to watch vegetables being chopped in a food processor. Jump cut, jump cut, jump cut. Who's winning? Damon? No, the zucchini.

I won't even try to cover all the failings of the "science" part of this sci-fi. There's no way to chronicle the errors and inconsistencies, and stay within the 1,000 word limit.

But here's a tip for future sci-fi directors: If you use a 1950's style circular space station, please SPIN it! At least a little bit. Because that's why space stations are circular, so they can spin to generate artificial gravity.


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