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Elysium [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray] [2013]

  • SKU: 2889525
  • Release Date: 12/17/2013
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (638 out of 686)

    Special Features


    • Collaboration: crafting the performances in Elysium
    • Engineering utopia: creating a scoiety in the sky
    • Blu-ray exclusives:
    • Extended scene
    • Visions of 2154 - an interactive exploration of the art & design of Elysium
    • The journey to Elysium: envisioning Elysium/Capturing Elysium/Enhancing Elysium
    • In support of story: the visual effects of Elysium
    • The technology of 2154

    Synopsis


    Elysium
    In a future in which the privileged reside on an Earth-orbiting space station named Elysium and the less fortunate live on the surface of the blighted, overpopulated planet below, one man dares to defy the strict anti-immigration laws that separate the two disparate worlds in order to save all of mankind in this visceral sci-fi action thriller from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. The year is 2154, and the division between social classes has grown wider than ever before. As the rich enjoy a life of luxury and access to cutting-edge medical technology on Elysium, the rest of the human race contend with poverty, crime, and disease on the surface of planet Earth. Meanwhile, hard-line immigration laws ensure that only those who have been explicitly approved will ever set foot on the elusive paradise in the stars. 36-year-old Max (Matt Damon) lives in an L.A. shantytown and earns his living by working on an Armadyne assembly line. He's had a rough past, but he's struggling to stay on the right side of the law when he realizes that his only hope for survival after being exposed to deadly radiation is to reach Elysium. Should Max succeed, he will strike a major blow for equality in the eyes of his fellow surface dwellers; should he fail, it will mean certain death. In his quest to become the hero who can restore the balance between the rich and the poor, however, Max must first do battle with Elysium's hawkish Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster), who has devoted her entire career to maintaining that division, and whose key enforcer Kruger (Sharlto Copley) is notorious for his brutal tactics in driving out illegals. With the fates of millions hanging in the balance, Max sets his sights on Elysium and never looks back. Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, and Faran Tahir co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Matt Damon
      Matt Damon - Max Da Costa
    • Jodie Foster
      Jodie Foster - Secretary Delacourt
    • Sharlto Copley
      Sharlto Copley - Kruger
    • Alice Braga
      Alice Braga - Frey
    • Diego Luna
      Diego Luna - Julio



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 686 reviews

    93%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not the best film but an average action movie

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      haskellch
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      Following a retreaded story structure, “Elysium” sticks out as a strong science fiction action film for its impressive visuals, more-so over its ability to tell a captivating story, however, the strong allusions to unbalanced socio-economical classes and unequal distribution of wealth help differentiate it from similar sci-fi flicks. Much like his directorial debut, Neill Blomkamp has no problem weaving his visual concepts with his glimpse into the future of Earth. In this impoverished future, Earth in inhabited by the poor, living in squalor among dumps and with poor healthcare. The rich, however, have fled Earth and are orbiting in an enormous space station paradise called Elysium. Here, there are robots to serve and protect, and healthcare comes in the form of an MRI-looking machine that fixes any illness you may have, be it a fractured bone or even caner. Matt Damon leads this endeavor as Max Da Costa, a former car thief turned factory worker who suffers a radiation accident within the first act of the film, giving him 5 days to live. Determined to get to Elysium to get medical treatment, he turns to his former boss, Spider (Wagner Moura), huge hacker and black market kingpin, who offers him a way out, attaching a metal harness to his entire body, making him part human, part machine. “Elysium” succeeds wonderfully as a straight up action film, producing some highly entertaining action sequences, especially between Max and Kruger, played by Sharlto Copley of “District 9″ fame, who also wear a metallic harness. Performance-wise, “Elysium” is somewhat lacking, Damon, Copley, and even Alice Braga as love-interest Frey are all convincing, but Jodie Foster and William Fichtner tend to phone-in their performances, with Foster delivering horridly paced lines and attaching a completely dismal accent. One thing you’ll notice during the credits sequence of the film is that the visual effects are a fraction of the size compared to most big budget science fiction action films nowadays, but “Elysium” has amazingly striking visuals with half the effects crew, which is entirely impressive to say the least. Neill Blomkamp proves wonders with his sophomore endeavor, giving piece of mind to those that questioned whether he could knock it out of the park twice in a row.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A good, thought provoking, sci-fi, thriller.

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      Jedi13richards
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      With themes that explore contemporary issues, Elysium, is one potent thrill ride. The film arises a conversation worthy futuristic look at what our society may become. Although the realism may be bent from time to time for dramatic effect. It still is something to be applauded having a top tier action film take place amongst such social disparity. Technically the movie is superb. The cinematography is beautiful in all its gritty, saturated, realism. At times it looks and feels like a foreign drama and not a big budgeted action film. The CG is well executed with breathtaking establishing shots of both Earth and Elysium. Sometimes the CG isn't even noticeable. On the acting side Matt Damon, being a very reliable leading man, is great as an ex-con trying to do right but falls into a bad situation that only worsens as his selflessness is tested. Sharlto Copley is scene stealing as ruthless mercenary, who might be in it for more than the money. The film's societies do not feel fully realized do to unexplored themes and issues. Up to a certain point the plot is fairly routine. With its flaws the movie to quite enjoyable with great action.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Creative, but flawed ...

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      BurningHorizon
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      Neil Blomkamp films have a very distinct look and feel. They exist in worlds that feel real, but rundown - filled with grunge and urban sprawl. They usually revolve around some kind of political message. District 9 was about apartheid, Elysium is about immigration reform. This time, however, the analogy doesn't really hold-up. The dialog is on-the-nose and the film tells you how you should feel, rather than the audience being allowed to develop those feelings themselves. This is probably due to the fact that, unlike apartheid, immigration reform isn't a black-and-white issue. It's complicated. Unfortunately, the characters are not. Elysium people are snobish and evil and the poor masses on Earth are humble and meek. The movie is great to look at, though. Blomkamp certainly has a visual and aesthetic flair. His world building abilities are to be admired. Blu-ray looks great and sounds great, as any newer movie will on this format.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Blomkamp delivers another terrific film

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      Mike
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      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. 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. I look forward to more.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      WOW!!! Cool and Tasteful!

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      COOLJ21
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      This movie gets 10 stars from me because it was the total package! I don't even know where to start. Jodi Foster was born to play that role. She did it so convincingly and perfectly that though she played the bad guy I was rooting for her. Kudos to Matt Damon. I respect more as an actor more and more with every movie choice he makes. The movie was awesome. I don't like futuristic scientific movies because they tend to be on the silly side with the costumes and décor, but Elysium did not have that problem. It was futuristic but tasteful. The fight scenes were a bit shaky but also tasteful. This movie was filled with suspense and humor and emotion. The guy who played agent Kruger was superb. This guy definitely has talent and range(I was a fan of him in District 9). The director of this movie has found a fan for life. I will follow him like a cult and run to watch all of his films. Can't wait till he releases another.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Action, thriller with depth and humor

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      MovieMongo
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      Matt Damon's character Max works in a year-2159 police robot factory on a poverty and strife laden earth under the eyes of the tenth of one percent elite who orbit earth in a massive spinning city where they lay on genetic restoration surgery tables to fully recover from all illness or injury. Jodie Foster's character runs the show up there with cold disregard for the surface dwellers. Max finally figures out that things can change and how... Enjoy believable characters with high tech and high action; just don't ask where the resources came from to build that massive thing in orbit.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A well-done sci-fi movie with a political twist.

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      OShea
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      Elysium tells a story set in the future but hints at paths we are on as a civilization ourselves. While maybe embellished a bit for entertainment, there are real warnings in this movie about our own future. As a sci-fi movie buff I really enjoyed this movie, for the acting, the story they told, the cinematography. I had a blast watching this movie and the real bonus is that it made me think; not many movies do this. The only real downer to this Blu-ray for me is that, once again, one is forced to support (and pay for) the DVD medium. It wouldn't be so annoying if they didn't also sell a DVD separately (and cheaper on its own). This product would have been a solid 5-stars if priced as a Blu-ray. Frustration aside, this is a great sci-fi movie.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The rich stepping on the backs of the poor

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      Bearhnt1
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      A futuristic tale of where the Earth is barely livable, polluted and over populated. The rich live high above in a huge space station, where they have control of food, clean water and advanced medicine capable of healing any illness even the ravages of aging. Jody Foster plays a cold heartless member of this elite class and determined that none of the poor contaminate it. Matt Damon is a average poor man in Los Angeles doing what he has to just to survive, working like a slave for this elite class. When his life is threatened he is determined to get to the space station Elisium to get the medical treatment he needs to survive. Lots of action, great visuals and stellar performances by the cast. Excellent entertainment.

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