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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Any thematic audacity is snuffed out by action sequences that you can now buy at Dollar General."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"The action is bludgeoning."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Neill Blomkamp has created a beautifully designed and realized world. If only he'd spent half as much time focusing on the people that inhabit it."
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
"Blomkamp delivers blockbusters based in empathy and political smarts that actually aspire to be more than insulting filmic pollution."
‑ Lauren Carroll Harris, Concrete Playground
"[Blomkamp] really needs to learn that too much action blunts his more interesting statements."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"Like Max, the movie has to keep moving, and Mr. Blomkamp lets you fill in the gaps yourself as it progresses. Or not."
‑ Matthew Kassel, New York Observer
"A cautionary tale about the dangers of squandering resources that wastes its own talent."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"With "Elysium," Blomkamp not only fills the film with enough exciting action to make it fly by, but he also provides an interesting commentary on the continuing division of classes, turning it into something more than your average monotonous action flick."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"After District 9, this is a little bit of a disappointment... but a must-see for fans of the genre."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"Blomkamp has toned down the body horror in favour of more conventional thrills but handles the shootouts and slugfests with panache. His tale of haves and have nots remains a striking and thought-provoking parable, even if it doesn't fully add up."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Though Elysium is a testament to Blomkamp's extraordinary skill as a visual filmmaker, it does not speak nearly so well for his gifts as a writer."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"If Elysium is an example of how recession-era Hollywood intends to dramatize the rift between the haves and the have-nots, let's hope the studios don't also bring back Smell-O-Rama."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"While not the slam-dunk that his first film was, Neill Blomkamp has created a compelling vision of a wealth-dominated future."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Damon once again shows why he is one of the best lead actors we have."
‑ Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend.com
"The occasionally interesting script is bludgeoned by its heavy-handed political pandering."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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