Elysium 2013

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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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By twocups on 10 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
At times it felt like the plotting and dialogue in this movie were being made up as it went along.... Just as some aspect was introduced (like the installation of Damon's character's exoskelton) it was soon forgotten about in the mad rush forward and ultimately rendered pointless. Beautifully realised visual effects save Elysium - just - but a profound lack of direction is always apparent, and so ultimately this film is a dissatisfying experience. The politics are laid on with a trowel, and so what could have been an opportunity to generate some sympathy/empathy is sadly missed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 27 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Elysium is the name of an orbiting satellite. It has a controlled environment and is where the rich and powerful live. The United States has been reduced to a land on illegals in an extension of class warfare. Health care is different for the rich than the poor. The "illegals" attempt to go to Elysium to get health care. The film also is an extension of surveillance drones, automated robots, and how computers run the world.

In an unusual role Jodi Foster plays Delacourt, the emotionless Secretary of Defense who protects Elysium. At times she is similar to Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" and really needed to be more like him. It was not a good role for her. Matt Damon plays Max in his usual man against the system. After an industrial accident, Max has 5 days to live and opts to join the resistance against the powers of Elysium.

There are massive parallels to today's society which bogged down this morality film by their overtness.

Good looking graphics. Good ending. Fair plot. Dialogue needed to be lighter. Politically to the left.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It started out so well. It was less than halfway through that it just became stupid.
Why does a ruthless mercenary become so personally fixated? Just didn't make sense. Just an excuse for violence and shooting.
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32 of 37 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 25 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
After the unexpected triumph of the peerless District 9 in 2011, Matt Damon heads the cast in Blomkamp's latest treatise on immigration, society, and apartheid. Damon's reformed car thief Max Da Costa becomes the unwitting potential saviour of mankind, after an industrial accident leaves his body riddled with catastrophic amounts of radiation. Like most of his peers, Max cannot access the medical treatment he needs, as this is only available on the paradisiacal satellite of Elysium, where the rich and pampered of Earth have all escaped to after their home planet has finally become too crowded, polluted, and dangerous for their liking. In collusion with smuggling kingpin and former associate Spider, Max and his buddy Julio set out to infiltrate Elysium and ensure that all residents of Earth become eligible for the medical treatment available to the privileged few.

Sharlto Copley - Blomkamp's muse from Distric 9, makes a welcome appearance as sociopathic mercenary Kruger, while Jodie Foster adds gravitas as the ruthless administrator of Elysium. Alice Braga also pops up as Max's childhood sweetheart Frey, whose daughter has Leukaemia and who is also desperate to avail her of the miracle cure found only on Elysium. The movie is tense and effective from the start, and there is enough action to satisfy the most ardent Sci-fi/Thriller fans, while Damon does a good job of reminding us of the acting chops he first showed in the likes of The Talented Mr Ripley and Saving Private Ryan. Whilst not as original as District 9, Elysium is another solid action/adventure with a strongly-beating yet subtle political core, and a sign that its director is getting to the top of his game and will be a force in the movie industry for quite some time to come.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Corby on 21 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
Good scifi idea script seems a bit clunky Matt Damon and Jodie Foster both seem underused in this movie the idea of the film needed more working as the dialouge seems poor,the film focus is mainly on visuals, the main highlights revolve around action scenes and special effects,Jodie Foster as the baddie makes a change,so thats an intresting angle but apart from that similar in style to Disrict 9 but not as good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gatekeeper197 on 29 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Elysium was Neil Blomkamp's first film after the terrific District 9 and to say there hopes were high for his second film is an understatement. With the casting of Matt Damon involved it made the expectations even higher and even though it's not in the same class as District 9, Elysium is still a fun and entertaining Sci-Fi movie with terrific visuals and special effects.

Criticisms of Elysium include it feeling too similar to District 9 including featuring a very similar storyline and characters, but it is definitely one of the better blockbusters of 2013 in a year full of disappointments.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fonzey1 on 24 July 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
very poor film, poor script same old story, but not even vaguely interesting, had to force myself to watch it till the end in the hope it would get better, it didn't! Save your money.
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