Elysium 2013

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(273) IMDb 6.7/10
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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 (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium - but that doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can.

Starring:
Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Elysium

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Neill Blomkamp
Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Supporting actors Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Brandon Auret, Josh Blacker, Emma Tremblay, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Faran Tahir
Studio TriStar Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Solar Fox on 6 May 2014
Format: DVD
Starts off promising with good pace and visual immersion. An impressive hi-jacking scene and clever use of futuristic weaponry. Then half way through the film it goes stale rather quickly as the death toll goes manic and pointless for shock factor. It isn't shocking and the immersion evaporates right up to the cringe inducing ending. And it started off so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James g on 29 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
Starts well but soon goes straight down the bland action route after some good ideas which are never expanded on,there is too little seen of the space station Elysium and the people who inhabited it and not enough depth to the story or characters even if Matt Damon does a good job doing his usual Matt Damon but Jodie Foster is shockingly bad for once,with a broken French accent?and thunder bird like wooden acting.District 9 by the same Director Blomkamp my not have had the budget off this but it had a lot more to say for itself with Elysium it was like he took the same robots painted them up,put them in the same setting but with no heart and soul to the story,just mindless bland action.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr A Spiers on 2 Feb 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Enjoyable way to waste a couple of hours of your life but don't expect a classic . Like going fishing and not catching anything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley on 15 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
But that's it, rest of the film is appalling, not sure what Matt Damon and Jodie Foster were doing in this, must of been paid well. The opening sequence is stunning though.. with scenes of Elysium.. a distant space station near earth where only the wealthy and upper class now live.. and on earth it's overpopulated, polluted, diseased and poverty stricken as the people there strive to become citizen's of Elysium for a better life, clean living and better health care. There are a few amusing scenes with Max (Matt Damon) trying to earn a living while on parole.. but the film then is ruined by bad actors (especially from South Africa) who have ridiculous dialogue and terrible accents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nobladeofgrass on 9 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I afraid this was alright good effects but takes nearly an hour before anything happens,Matt damon is well maaat daaamon.I thought this was going to be better nice 2.35.1 picture.I will say that jodi foster was good plays a bitch well.But not much else to recomend this.
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48 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
It's 2154 and the future for people on Earth is grim. When young Max Da Costa promised his girlfriend, Frey, that one day he would take her to a Stanford-Torus type space station called Elysium, a Utopian place where all the wealthy people now live, he meant it. Later, as a grown man living on dystopian planet Earth, overpopulated and governed and policed by ruthless robots, his promise to Frey (Alice Braga) isn't all that easy to fulfil. Max (Matt Damon) works in a factory but one day things go badly wrong and he becomes radiation poisoned with only 5 days to live. Given the chance to save his life using Elysium technology, all he has to do is get there. But a tyrannical woman called Delacourt (Jodie Foster) has firm control there and she doesn't like the hoi polloi from Earth landing on Elysium. Max has to find a way to get there to survive, but it's risky.

What I don't get about Elysium (2013) is that futuristic humans have all that super-duper technology for healthcare, space stations, advanced robots, and the rest, but are still communicating by way of what looks like today-size mobile phones and lugging around things that look like laptops. What happened to 'less is more'?

Elysium has an awful lot of action with very limited quiet moments to develop characters, which is ok for some but it was all too Robo-man meets Robocop meets the Transformers, if you ask me. Now, I'm not saying it was a lousy film, or even a bad film as it was highly watchable (for those who like a lot of action) and I'll probably watch it again one day although not any day soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Reeder on 18 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What a shame this film had a good cast, But, not put to their best acting skills...
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on 5 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This film by the South African director Neil Blomkamp is set in 2154, in an Earth that has become a planet wide slum. The wealthy classes has migrated to a space satellite called Elysium, which looks like a gigantic gated community, who is protected from the invasion of illegal immigrants by the ruthless Jodie Foster. Matt Damon stars as Max, who lives in a completely Mexicanized Los Angeles, and is on his death throes after being exposed to radiation in a factory accident. He wants to infiltrate Elysium in order to cure himself (the residents of Elyisum has cutting edge medical technology able t o cure all ailments which is denied to the inhabitants of the Earth) and to do that he decides to work for a bunch of gangsters. Though the political undertones and the metaphors of the movies are a bit obvious, the film is entertaining and well done. Many critics have interpreted this movie as a left wing screed, but it could be easily seen as a right wing pamphlet, in which the end of civilization is blamed at the uncontrolled influx of immigrants.
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