TriStar Pictures Released 2013



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Neill Blomkamp
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In this dystopian thriller set in 2159, the wealthiest humans move to a fabulous private space station, while life on Earth grows ever more grim. With no other options, an ex-con agrees to join a risky mission to bring balance to the two worlds.


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Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Slant Magazine Chris Cabin

    A cheekily gruesome and genuinely urgent entertainment, Blomkamp's latest nevertheless can't help but beg the question: Where's Snake Plissken when you need him?

  • 59

    Film.com William Goss

    Frankly, Elysium is a bit of a liberal's wet dream: the good guys want accessible healthcare, while the bad guys want to do away with undocumented immigrants.

  • 40

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    All the interest and good will built up by the sharply conceived preliminaries is washed away in a succession of scenes that feel crushingly routine and generic, not to mentioned g...

  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    From the Writer/Director of District 9, comes Elysium, a futuristic tale that focuses on the inequality of wealth. Much like in his first film, Neill Blomkamp is examining a modern problem with a futuristic story, and once again, he isn't offering any solutions. As with District 9, Blomkamp is showing how an unsolved issue, left to it's own devices, will eventually cause chaos. In 2154, Earth is overpopulated and in ruins. The rich have built a utopian society on the largest space station ever conceived, and as you may have guessed, it's called Elysium. The story focuses on Max, an orphan and ex-con, who has always dreamed of living in paradise on Elysium. His plans to earn his way take a dramatic turn, when he is injured in an accident at work. Max knows he'll never survive on Earth and the only way to save his life is to get some of the advanced medical treatment available on Elysium. The two stories are very different, but the setting could have been exactly the same. The story itself was pretty good, there was a lot more action then in District 9, yet the similarities are unmistakable. Matt Damon stars and played the role he was asked to play. Max had a lot of potential to be an interesting character, perhaps one with an agenda, instead he was written as this dumb guy, who was anything but a savior to the people of Earth. Max was out to save himself and did what was necessary to survive, but he should have been more. The people all turned to Max to help solve a greater problem, but all he cared about was himself. Jodie Foster also stars, but has a surprisingly small role, that definitely did not fit her personality. Much like District 9 before it, the story of Elysium is used as a forum for the Writers agenda. The two stories are very different, but the technology, locations, and even several cast members are the same. The result is a slightly better movie than District 9, that will give you an eerie feeling of deja vu throughout.moreless
  • Good, but not what I was expecting

    I thought that it was a great film, but some of the ways of continuing the story seemed too fantasy to be believeable. For example, the end was fairly abrupt, but the build-up was very good. I'd recommend watching it, but it isn't the best film out there

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    • Production budget - $115,000,000
      Domestic gross - $93,050,117 (36th)
      Worldwide gross - $286,140,700 (27th)

    • Other production companies:
      Media Rights Capital
      QED International
      Alpha Core
      Simon Kinberg Productions
      Sony Pictures Entertainment

    • Filming locations:
      Bear Creek Park, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
      Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
      Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    • Music:
      Written by Marcos Ortega
      Performed by Lorn
      The Pining Pt2
      Written by Chris Clark
      Performed by Clark with Martina Topley-Bird
      Metropolis (Dan Le Sac Remix)
      Written by Alexander Lloyd
      Performed by PRDCTV
      Suite For Solo Cello No.1 BWV 1007
      Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
      Twitch (It Grows and It Grows)
      Written by Benjamin Stefanski
      Performed by Raffertie
      Bio Techno
      Written and performed by Audio Android
      New World Disorder
      Written by Yoann Hebert
      Performed by Arkasia
      Written and performed by Mike Sheridan
      Robot Eater
      Written by Patrick McKay
      Performed by Gambit
      We Got More (Kilon TeK Remix)
      Written by Brendan Angelides
      Performed by Eskmo
      Piano Concerto No. 8 in C minor 'Pathetique' - Adagio Cantabile
      Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
      Kou Kou
      Written by Roderick Jackson
      Performed by Palms Down Percussion
      Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major - Rondo Vivace
      Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
      Written by William Bevan
      Performed by Burial
      Six Degrees
      Written by Brett Bigden and Simon Shreeve
      Performed by Kryptic Minds
      Sierra Leone
      Written by Simon Attwell, Peter Cohen, Jesse Cooper, Neil John Francis Hawks, Zolani Mahola, Julio Sigauque, Kyla-Rose Smith, and Aron Turest-Swartz
      Performed by Mt Eden


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