Elysium
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
Grantland

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

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Ben Kenigsberg
RogerEbert.com

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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

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

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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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Dan Mecca
The Film Stage

The big budget sci-fi action spectacle Elysium, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Matt Damon, serves as a master class in how to make stupid look smart.

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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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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

You can glide over the Metropolis-like parable and head right into the Mad Max mode. Damon as Max propels the film with muscles and intensity _ that first and the social commentary later is maybe a fair enough deal for our multiplex experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Phil Hubbs
What starts out as quite a grounded realistic take on the future quickly descents into the kind of action flick you'd half expect to see Arnie in about 20… More