Elysium

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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, humanity is sharply divided between two classes of people: The ultrarich live aboard a luxurious space station called Elysium, and the rest live a hardscrabble existence in Earth's ruins. His life hanging in the balance, a man named Max (Matt Damon) agrees to undertake a dangerous mission that could bring equality to the population, but Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) vows to preserve the pampered lifestyle of Elysium's citizens, no matter what the cost.

Cast

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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Critic Reviews for Elysium

All Critics (255) | Top Critics (57) | Fresh (166) | Rotten (89)

  • Any thematic audacity is snuffed out by action sequences that you can now buy at Dollar General.

    January 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Just as the creation of a future nightmare, one that disturbingly resembles the world we already know, Elysium is masterful - definitely worth seeing.

    August 23, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You don't know where to look next, or to listen, in this movie. Every actor seems to have come from a different rehearsal room.

    August 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Once the narrative grinds into gear ... the film's distinctive quality is lost.

    August 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A confident sidestep from District 9 rather than an ambitious leap forward, Elysium confirms Blomkamp as an expert genre director. Question is now: can he become more?

    August 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In lesser hands, Elysium might have played like a Lib Dem manifesto with extra spaceships, but the South African filmmaker wants to explore ideas, not wave placards, and whether or not you agree with the film's politics, the fire in its belly is catching.

    August 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Elysium

  • 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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