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About this Film

From the director of 'District 9', sci-fi epic 'Elysium' takes us on a journey into a dystopian future where the wealthy have deserted a ravaged planet for the safety of a purpose-built space station called 'Elysium'.

Living a comfortable life away from Earth's problems of poverty and crime, they will do anything to keep outsiders out. When desperate earth dweller Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a dangerous mission to gain entry, his deeds could not only save his life but also reunite the two disparate communities.

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  • Genre
    Action, Drama, Science Fiction
  • Cast members
    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley
  • Running time
    109 minutes
  • Directed by
    Neill Blomkamp
  • Language

Reviews & Ratings

Reviews in the press

That's no moon, it's a space station...

Four years on from District 9 (2009), and here's Neill Blomkamp's hugely anticipated follow-up, Elysium... and Blomkamp has done it again. Almost exactly. The set-up's tweaked - in 2154, Earth's been bled dry and the rich live in a space station while the poor, disenfranchised and ill scrape an existence miles below - but Elysium shares strikingly similar visual/narrative/emotional beats with its predecessor.

It's still exciting and thought-provoking - but less fresh and consequently, something of a disappointment.
Lens flare glints handsomely off a richly detailed decaying world (à la D9) as ex-con Max (Matt Damon, reliably compelling) is forced to become an unlikely freedom fighter when his own health is compromised...
To read the full Total Film review click here.

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Good Film

Reviewer: BossmanDate: 2013-09-16

Really enjoyed this, thought Matt Damon played the part well.

Fantastic film

Reviewer: AbigailsimoDate: 2013-09-11

After loving District 9, I thoroughly enjoyed elisium. The details in the visuals are top class, and a bit of violence is good to match the realistic approach to the story. Ending felt really good.


Reviewer: SpeedyDate: 2013-09-11

Great action, good damon film


Reviewer: BAB-95Date: 2013-09-10

Matt Damon at his finest

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