In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
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. Secretary Delacourt, 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. Written by
The line, "Don't breathe on me... Cover your mouth!" spoken by John Carlyle to the Plant Manager was ad-libbed by William Fichtner. See more »
The craft shown flying from Earth to Elysium appear to be solely air-breathing vehicles and could not possibly reach orbit. Even if they had some rocket propulsion that was not obviously visible, they are not large enough to provide sufficient power for a journey to Elysium. See more »
In the late 21st century Earth was diseased, polluted and vastly overpopulated.
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In the soundtrack part of the end titles it says:
"Piano Concerto No. 8 in C minor 'Pathetique' - Adagio Cantabile Written by Ludwig van Beethoven"
L. v. Beethoven wrote only five piano concertos (his eighth piano sonata is titled "Pathetique" however). See more »
This movie is a serious competitor with After Earth for worst sci-fi movie of 2013. While After Earth was the result of wealthy Will Smith's nepotism, the question of why Elysium ever came to be is more of a mystery. The longer you watch this movie, the more you forget about the ridiculous fantastical story, and will just see wealthy actors boring you. The contrasting uber-polarization between rich and poor was made to be so obvious, particularly with the rich having a machine that instantly fixes any health issue - and somehow the poor run a space program - that it is simply childish and unbelievable. The director obviously had dough for proved talent Matt Damon and plenty of special effects, but it just doesn't add up to anything. The villain is an absolute annoying joke - and I guess villains are to be hated - but maybe not for the reasons I did, which was: "Why can't I take this guy seriously?" and "I hate the sound of this guy's voice". And unfortunately the villain isn't the only annoying thing about this movie: the entire thing is torture comparable to a steaming pile of poo held under your nose for over an hour. The movie can't end soon enough, and the director and all actors involved should be punished severely for unleashing this abomination unto the world.
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