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Elysium

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1 h 49 min2013X-RayHDRUHD15
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.
Directors
Neill Blomkamp
Starring
Matt DamonJodie FosterSharlto Copley
Genres
DramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Alice BragaDiego LunaWagner MouraWilliam FichtnerBrandon AuretJosh BlackerEmma TremblayJose Pablo CantilloMaxwell Perry CottonFaran TahirIñaki GociMario PérezSofía Sisniega
Producers
Bill BlockNeill BlomkampSimon Kinberg
Studio
TriStar Pictures
Content advisory
Violencesubstance usesmokingsexual contentfoul languagealcohol use
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4.3 out of 5 stars

2393 global ratings

  1. 62% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Andrew HolcroftReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 August 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Political
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I'm 15 minutes in and everyone on Elysium is white and don't want the hispanics in, yeah it's a really boringly obvious attempt at critiquing US immigration policy, at least the expanse did it accurately to think in a few centuries there will such racial lines in wealth and privilege is ridiculous! Oh don't worry there's a light skinned president and councillor, the only good people on Elysium! The toxic powerful white woman contemptibly pronounces his silly ethnic name then moves to get rid of him off course, honestly why does it have to be so transparent.

Ok so in the end the make sacrifice archetype is hijacked to be the white male must sacrifice himself to make up for the evils and privileges of his race. They use healthcare another hot topic in the USA as the positive motive in all of this and the negatives of the white race (including the big bad wolves of the movie white South Africans - surprise) as the negative. I like dystopian corporate futures like the expanse and others because they're realistic in that money - the proxy for power is the real drive but this one was entirely to contrived in the toxic racial narrative of our times for me.
8 people found this helpful
Lynn BrabenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 August 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Why no translation?
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Love this film, but this version had no subtitles for the Spanish dialogue. Very frustrating
29 people found this helpful
BRW1965Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Goes to show that major stars will act in anything if the pay cheque's big enough!
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After 5 minutes, the plot was laid out so obviously that a 6 year old could have worked out the next 95 minutes. The rest is like Swiss cheese, not a lot there and what is there stinks! My mind wandered off track so much that I felt travel sick. But at least Damon tried to act a bit. Foster on the other hand? Someone decided she'd have a strange accent. No one knows what it's meant to be, but she does it anyway. She had to concentrate SO hard on it when delivering lines that she completely forgets that she's an actor and needs to do a bit of that when the director shouts "action!". Glenn Close would have walked all over this role, and as Ginger Rogers did, in high heels, backwards and made it look elegantly believable. I have no idea why the huge plot holes weren't filled in, I have no recollection of what happened to the main characters and quite frankly, I really didn't care. When this finished, I turned to terrestrial TV and caught "Ironman 3". Now, at least that film knows it's all a bit of fun-filled hooey and didn't take itself so seriously - a great recovery!
7 people found this helpful
MikeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 January 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Immature - Silly Acting - Silly Plot
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I do not even know where to start. I found the movie to be badly made. Even as fiction it makes little sense. Poor acting by the main entertainer ruins it even further.

So in future one man who lives on Elysium but manages a company on Earth, which is full of very poor people, and he controls all the manufacturing of robots and tech for a little space station in orbit (where a few rich humans live), and all the tech will actually be created by poor people on Earth who actually want to migrate to space station as refugees!

The boss of the tech company travels in a little red space ship not much bigger than a car, which is easily shot down by poor rebels on Earth; and in the end all the millions/billions of poor people on Earth suddenly become citizens of the little orbiting space station; just because "nice people" always win. What a silly plot! Just my opinion of course.
4 people found this helpful
Mike StevensonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 August 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Preposterous.
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An intriguing (albeit totally unoriginal) idea, which is dealt with in a shamefully hamfisted way. From ten minutes in, you will know EXACTLY where this film is going, and where every character will end up. To call the characters caricatures is probably a compliment. The implied world economy makes no sense, at all, and doesn't stand up to a moment's scrutiny. How exactly could humanity create this beautiful ringworld in orbit? Don't worry about it. Why exactly does humanity still need people to work on production lines, when they have fully articulated robots? Don't worry about it. How does this reboot program work? Why doesn't every production line worker get that mech suit? If the med-bots could heal everyone, then what was the incentive for Jodie Foster to not let them just get on with it? Why would they launch SAMs to destroy space vehicles, rather than having a defence structure on Elysium? How does the atmosphere work on Elysium, given shuttles appear to be able to sail through it? If people on Elysium are constantly healed, why does anyone look over 25? DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. JUST TURN OFF YOUR BRAIN, AND KEEP WATCHING. It's shameful.

In the hands of a skilled writer, this could have been a nuanced political allegory; instead, it comes across like fan fiction, written by a teenager. I strongly recommend that you don't bother.
NeilReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Awful
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This is the worst Matt Damon film I've seen. The story was preposterous, even once you have managed to suspend disbelief enough to accept the idea of people playing tennis miles above the earth on the edge of a giant wheel.

Why were humans building robots? The first thing you would do as a robot manufacturer is build a robot to build more robots. Why did the robots need to be blasted with lethal amounts of radiation after they were built? Just to help the story along, I guess. Why was Matt Damon the only non-Latino in his area? Why was Kruger a South African? Because they make good villains? He didn't fit in. Why did the boss of the corporation that built Elysium travel in the spaceship equivalent of a Fiat 500? Surely he should have had other ships around to protect him. One of the biggest questions in these action movies is how did the hero keep going after being damaged so many times? He broke his arm but didn't seem to suffer any pain or other ill effects. He had an operation on his brain (performed by a gangster in a filthy room with no antiseptic measures) and another one to attach an exoskeleton to his nervous system, yet he was up and about immediately. All this after receiving a lethal dose of radiation.

This is a dreadful film. Don't waste hour time on it.
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Kevin S.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Elysium - Blu-ray
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It’s largely enjoyable, but not without flaws.

By 2154, Earth is pretty much ruined. The wealthy and powerful have fled to a massive, gleaming space habitat called Elysium where they live as citizens in complete luxury while everyone else left behind lives in the remains, whilst some try to escape from Earth to enter the restricted Elysium any way they can. Can one man, through chance, upend the system and bring change?

There’s little subtlety in the concept, and Director Neil Blomkamp (as in all his films) favours the heavy handed, blunt hammer approach to the ideas and themes brought about by the concept. It’s also married to a script and tone that veers around a lot, as if the cast think they’re each in a slightly different version of the same film. As the hero, Matt Damon is.......Matt Damon, while Jodie Foster takes a daytime soap opera approach to her performance as Elysium’s defender, and I still have no idea what film Sharlto Copley thinks he’s in.

But it’s not a total loss, thanks to some truly impressive visuals and production design for both the future Earth and the Elysium station itself. And for all the faults of the script and performances, in a way, it’s complete lack of nuance makes it genuinely enjoyable eye candy as it ungracefully lumbers along to the finale.

Extras are fine, with an OK set of featurettes covering aspects of the film’s production design and visualisations of the future.
One person found this helpful
uberammergauReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 August 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Almost meets my expectations
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As a general rule, you can't go wrong with a Matt Damon movie. His name demands a certain production level and polish at a minimum. While I can certainly say this movie was entertaining, well-paced and visually stunning, I have an issue with some regional elements. The character of the rogue operative on Earth is demonstrably South African by accent and slang usage, and his performance detracts from experiencing what is otherwise a full-on "Hollywood" shoot 'em up. It just grates like a rocky chalk writing across a smooth blackboard. I have nothing against SA actors and SA English except to say that the world has yet to become familiar with it. My preference would be the direct, precise and clearly enunciated English featured in most modern American and British productions. I wish there was an easier way of knowing this when shopping at Amazon.
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