Elysium Wednesday, 08 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence.

  • The pitch:

    Mad Max.

  • Starring:

    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, Emma Tremblay, Brandon Auret, Josh Blacker, Faran Tahir

  • Directed by:

    Neill Blomkamp

  • Running time:

    109 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    A woman is beaten, tasered in front of her child. A man implies his intention to rape a woman. People are shot, shot at, stabbed (sword, blades), tasered, punched, kicked, tackled, hit with objects, pursued, dragged, threatened, near-strangled, thrown from a high balcony. Knife-fight, exploding aircraft, helicopter-type aircraft crashes, reckless driving, vehicle collisions, mass panic, evacuation. A robot is decapitated. Attempted coup. Dilapidated/burning buildings, rubbish-strewn habitats, debris, graffiti seen. Weapons used incl blades, pistols, shotguns, machine guns, futuristic rifles, launchers, missiles, grenades. Break-and-enter, doors smashed in, broken mirror. Rapes, kidnapping, torture, stealing, extensive criminal history, multiple felonies, parole, civil disobedience, assault with a deadly weapon, human rights violation, treason mentioned.  Blood/gore: Exploding bodies; flesh, blood splatter. Broken wrist, bloody bandages, bloody noses, bloody bullet wound, bloody stab wound, blood on objects, bloody grazes, bruising, cast. Medical procedures: injection (needle seen penetrating flesh), slicing skin, inserting objects into flesh, bleeding, stitching, drilling, body scans, facial reconstruction, regeneration, wound-cleaning, tubes inserted in skin. Blade removed from body. Radiation sickness, catastrophic organ failure, seizures, tumour, cardiac arrest, lost legs mentioned. People (incl children) seen in hospital beds. An ID code is burned onto people's wrists, objects are embedded in skin. Casualties mentioned. Corpses.


    Flirting, ogling. Reference to masturbation.Swimwear. Shirtless man.


    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne). Smoking. A man consumes a prescribed drug (Milperol) for radiation sickness. Joint shared. A drawer of prescription pills is seen.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling. slang for genitalia and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.


    Science-fiction, data heists, rich versus poor, healing, illegal immigration, corporate greed, coup attempts, deportation, robotics, intellectual property, cynicism, desperation, terminal illness, radiation poisoning, advanced medical care, exclusivity, cyborgs, humanity.


    Lethal radiation poisoning. Sick child (leukaemia), child in coma, orphan. Outer space, futuristic (2154), hospital settings. Horses, pigs, flock of birds, dogs. Helicopters, welding sparks. Pictures of elephants, hippo, giraffe, gorilla seen in book; image of springbok on vehicle. Barbecuing meat. Spitting, vomiting, toilet. Disease, pollution, over-population mentioned; queuing. Some Spanish and French languages (subtitled). Frequent flash/strobe lighting and fast-paced/blurred camerawork.


    Entertaining, thoughtful, brainy, blockbuster, absorbing, intelligent, well-paced, realistic. Gritty performance from Matt Damon, brilliant villainy from Sharlto Copley, plenty of social commentary to unpack. Doesn't rely on 3D. Visually stunning. Ambitious story. First-rate score. CG images blend seamlessly with live action.


    Plodding, sluggish. Lots of metaphor but few answers. Jodie Foster's dreadful performance. Corny flashback sequences. Unconvincing plot devices. Some weak dialogue. Major narrative oversights.

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