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Elysium (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) (2013)

Matt Damon , Jodie Foster , Neill Blomkamp  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,785 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
  • Directors: Neill Blomkamp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,785 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JFUN50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,897 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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District 9, writer-director Neill Blomkamp's debut film, was a true out-of-nowhere success story, blending potent metaphor and geeky tech kinetics into a rather irresistible package. (Few movies can boast both a Best Picture nomination and a scene where a pig is used as a bullet.) Elysium, Blomkamp's bigger-budgeted follow-up, certainly ramps up the spectacle, but the allegorical elements feel a bit less novel this time around. While the filmmaker's evolving talent for low-fi mayhem keeps things from falling into a sophomore slump, the thematic similarities to his earlier work suggest that it may be time for an expansion of horizons. Set in the year 2154, the plot finds humanity split into literal tiers, with the less fortunate stuck on Earth while the rich lounge around on a hovering space station. When an ex-con (Matt Damon) suffers a terminal injury, he hatches a desperate scheme to get to the high-tech medical equipment Up There. (Step 1 of his plan? Get bolted into an awesome robo-exoskeleton.) As in his previous film, Blomkamp brings a commendably lived-in feel to the future surroundings, bolstered by the presence of folks such as Jodie Foster (as a haughty government official), William Fichtner, Alice Braga, and Damon, whose rueful humanity manages to survive the increasing cyborgization of his character. Even with those considerable leavening agents, though, it's hard to overlook the basic staleness of the premise, with the central have vs. have-not premise dating back to the days of Metropolis. On the action front, thankfully, the film finds itself on much firmer ground, with the filmmaker consistently finding inventive ways of staging the rock 'em sock 'em skirmishes between Damon and the bad guys. (As the leader of the goon squad, District 9 star Sharlto Copley goes enjoyably over the top.) While Elysium's ultimate destination won't surprise many sci-fi fans, the skills of its director and cast ensure that the film still registers as an above-average blockbuster. The story may be creaky, but, jeez, just check out all the neat gears and things. --Andrew Wright

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In the year 2159 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. Secretary Rhodes, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

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177 of 227 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Movie That Asks You To Think ... Just Not Too Hard November 17, 2013
I don't mind brainless sci-fi. Sometimes it's nice just to have something cool to look at for awhile. Also, I have no problem with movies that moralize. It's great to question things, propose new ideas, or just point at injustices in the hopes of raising awareness. I DO, however, have a problem when a movie ends up being both, especially since a lot of the time it ends up accidentally trivializing something I usually already care about. Case in point: Elysium.

The story concerns Max, a reformed criminal who lives in a futuristic, devastated Los Angeles. The world, ravaged by pollution and overpopulation, is now filled with nothing but the poor and lower classes. If you're lucky, like Max, you have a job. In his case, he works for Armadyne, the company that produces the robots that police and monitor the world. All of the wealthiest people in the world, meanwhile, have created Elysium, a utopian space colony in orbit high above Earth, where they live in unbelievably crystalline splendor. They also have these magical beds that can instantly cure any disease or ailment in a matter of seconds. The poor folk on Earth, of course, must deal with second-rate health care that, while seemingly public, is dismissive and half-hearted. When an accident at work gives Max less than a week to live, he dons a superstrong exo-skeleton and undertakes a mission to make it to Elysium to get to one of those magic, medical beds. During the course of his mission, he finds his own selfish views challenged by corrupt senators, mind-bogglingly cute kids with leukemia, and a helter-skelter style military strong-arm named Kruger.
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180 of 231 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Damonysium Baby August 11, 2013
By JBooks
Not quite 5-stars but it's ambitious, fast, thrilling and at times fantastic.

The visuals deliver the goods, just amazing, with a tip of the hat to the gritty look and feel of District 9. Also, and this is key, the fight and action scenes are intense and immersive. You feel like you are in them as you watch.

The plot is the classic Hollywood story split, and suspension of disbelief is a must to get the full ride from this movie. Part of the story takes place on Elysium , a highly secure, space habitat for the rich and wealthy. The other part of the story takes place on a wild and hairy 2154 Earth A.D. These stories evolve on their own and then merge to get the sparks flying.

The acting is solid as you would expect. Everyone gives pretty tight performances that help make the movie that much more entertaining.

In all, good sci-fi entertainment, that does what good sci-fi does: use the future to make you think about the present. It's a solid follow-up to District 9 for this director.

And also, whatever your political beliefs are, set them aside and enjoy. The Day the Earth Stood Still, Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, A Clockwork Orange, Starship Troopers all posed a possible future based on the filmmaker's imagination. I didn't have to agree or disagree to enjoy them. I enjoyed them because they were great stories, great movies.

I look forward to more.

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1.0 out of 5 stars This is why I love Redbox June 24, 2014
I am SO glad I waited for this to come out on Redbox instead of going to see it in theaters. I struggled hard to pay attention to this, and was bored the entire time. While I love Matt Damon, he played the wrong character. I have watched futuristic movies like this before and loved them. This one could not hold my attention to save my life.

Its the year 2154 and everyone on Earth is living in poverty. I didn't see any middle class people in the movie. Everyone looked dirty and desperate to get on the space station called Elysium. That is where all the rich people live, up there. "They" have their healing machines and all of their fancy technology. The people on earth might as well be back in the 1800's by the way they lived. What was that they put on Damon? They hooked it up to his brain and central nervous system. He looked like a robot of some sort.

I couldn't get into this movie no matter how hard I tried. Dear God, don't waste your money. See it on Redbox for a buck or watch it on Netflix.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Elysium January 11, 2014
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I did not enjoy Elysium. I found the movie, disappointing, implausible, and derivative.The plot felt thin, and linear. The advertising campaign promoting the movie was very compelling. I think that this drew me in.

All the best,

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1.0 out of 5 stars What A Stupid Mess August 23, 2013
There are some humorous scenes between Matt Damon and droid characters in the opening moments which give promise that this will be a smart, funny, enjoyable sci-fi pic. Alas, it was not to be. Very soon, the film turns deadly serious, deadly dumb, deadly dull, and, well... just plain deadly.

In this installment of the classic struggle between Haves and Have-Nots, the Haves are Rich Evil White People, who run and continue to wreck the Earth from their paradise space station, Elysium, the 22nd century version of the gated suburban community. Meanwhile, the Have-Nots are poor but caring people of color, mostly Hispanic, who seem to want nothing more than to care for their children, many of whom seem to be falling ill.

Somehow, Matt Damon finds himself in this mix as the would-be hero of the Have-Nots. Why? Because Matt Damon is a top box office action star, and there be action coming! Still, Matt Damon isn't quite bad-ass enough, so they shave his head and rough him up a little so he looks like a mini Bruce Willis. Let the action commence!

What the Have-Nots seem to covet most about Elysium is the access to free and perfect health care. Every McMansion in the rich white suburban world has a medical device in the living room that can miraculously cure any ailment, in seconds. Childhood Leukemia? No problemo. Lie down in this MRI-looking device and whoosh! The 1970's style digital readout now flashes, "Cancer cells 100% cleared!" My microwave doesn't even work that fast.

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