Elysium (2013)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 8, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2013
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Wesley Morris

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

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Ben Kenigsberg

In a summer of antiseptic effects spectacles, Elysium stands out for its grime and intensity, as well as the bluntness of its class allegory.

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Sarah Marrs

... it's shallow on character development, the editing is not great, the ending is rushed, and Jodie Foster is allowed to get away with a really poor accent choice.

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Matthew Kassel
New York Observer

Like Max, the movie has to keep moving, and Mr. Blomkamp lets you fill in the gaps yourself as it progresses. Or not.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The action is bludgeoning.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

But for all the Sturm und Drang and whirling bits of plot and machinery, the sum of the film's many moving parts does not add up to a greater whole.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

A cautionary tale about the dangers of squandering resources that wastes its own talent.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

It seems to me that Elysium has its heroes and villains confused.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Aside from Jodie Foster's over-the-top performance and an irritating shaky camera that makes it hard sometimes to follow what is happening in the action… More
Cynthia S.
I love Matt Damon. I love Sci-fi. Not sure I like them together, however. Didn't hate this, but I sure wouldn't recommend it. Not all his fault,… More
Nate Zoebl
With the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the face, Elysium is a sci-fi action movie with more on its mind than pyrotechnics. It's writer/director Neill… More
Al S
A tremendously entertaining and spectacular masterpiece. Director, Neil Blomkamp follows up his triumphant, District 9 with this scorching and head-spinning new… More
jay nixon
So much noise. So little purpose. Very little entertainment value.
Albert Kim
After the wildly refreshing "District 9", Neil Blomkamp's back to bring yet another gritty vision of a dystopian future ala "Elysium".… More