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Elysium (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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Max
... Delacourt
... Kruger
... Frey
... Julio
... Spider
... John Carlyle
... Drake
... Crowe
... Matilda
... Sandro
... Young Max
... President Patel
... 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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9 August 2013 (USA)  »

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Eliziejus  »

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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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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

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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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 »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Let's Go Fly a Coot (2015) See more »

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Twitch (It Grows and It Grows)
Written by Benjamin Stefanski
Performed by Raffertie
Courtesy of Ninja Tune Ltd.
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Liked the CGI and sets, but didn't like the story
10 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

What seems to be a trend in big budget SF films occurred, once again, in Elysium. I'm continually impressed with what is being created (visual effects wise)today, but remain disappointed when it comes to the associated screenplays/plot lines. At the end of this film, I had the same, perpetual feeling that no one out there making SF films gets the message: without a good story, you don't have a really good film. Elysium hearkens me back to Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott. I would have thought he, at least, would appreciate the need for a good story to match the visuals. Especially after being the brains behind Bladerunner. But, oh no - same thing. I suspect that so much talent and expense is spent on the visuals that insufficient amounts of funding and time are left for the associated story.

I just wish that, when someone comes up with future plans for making a legitimate SF film (sans comic book scenarios), they contract a real science fiction author to write the screenplay. There are any number of SF writers out there that can, I believe, turn out much better scripts than currently making their way to the big screen.

Bottom line: the world building in Elysium was excellent. Probably some of the best since Avatar. I wish there had been some of this when Bladerunner was produced. As an avid, and long time fan of true science fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of the film. As for the story, it could have been a lot, lot better.


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