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After the heady sci-fi thrills of District 9, Elysium is a bit of a comedown for director Neill Blomkamp, but on its own terms, it delivers just often enough to satisfy.



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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. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium - but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens' luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission - one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces - but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. -- (C) Sony

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Matt Damon
as Max Da Costa
Jodie Foster
as Secretary Delacourt
William Fichtner
as John Carlyle
Faran Tahir
as President Patel
Carly Pope
as CCB Agent
Ona Grauer
as CCB Agent
Michael Shanks
as CCB Agent
Christina Cox
as CCB Agent
Terry Chen
as Technician
Catherine Lough Haggquist
as Representative Burrard
Chris Humphreys
as Representative Penny
Valentina Giron
as Young Frey
Chris Shields
as Dr. Faziel
Johnny Cicco
as Vincente
Josefina Mora
as Old Woman
Inaqui Goci
as Bus Station Gangster
Alejandro Rae
as Gangster
Mario Perez
as Spider's Techie
Alejandro Belmonte
as Spider's Techie
Emiliano Menchaca
as Street Child
Francisco Aguilar
as Street Child
Patricia Benoit
as Street Child
Alexander Raymond
as Street Child
Sofía Sisniega
as Carlyle's Secretary
Kendall Cross
as Armadyne Investor
Julian Christopher
as Armadyne Investor
Simon Leung
as Armadyne Investor
Robert Gauvin
as Party Guest
Dominika Zybko
as Party Guest
Fraser Aitcheson
as Spider's Ship Rider
Taras Kostyuk
as Spider's Ship Smuggler
Angelina Pratap
as Illegal Daughter
Amari Lewis
as Daughter
Lloyd Adams
as Android
Cody Lauden
as Android
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  • Apr 01, 2017
    astoundingly well filmed, the action comparable with michael bay sequences. it has a heart though and a message. while it's no district 9 it's still full of energy, good acting and maximum sci-fi atmosphere. in some ways it's like district 9 but on a larger scale. we've progressed from apartheid to worldwide segregation irrespective of race and discriminate of all the have nots.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2016
    Starts out by raising some important issues only to get bored and decide to blow stuff up instead.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2015
    So much noise. So little purpose. Very little entertainment value.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2014
    Very cool. The action and sci-fi elements are fantastic here, even though the story is lacking. If you enjoyed District 9, then you'll probably like this film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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