Elysium: The IMAX Experience Synopsis
In 2159, the wealthy live on a luxurious space station, while the poor scrape by in Earth's ruins.

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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Damon’s everyman workhorse is tragically sympathetic, plodding ahead against all odds. Copley is brilliant as the sadistic villain. Foster...
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The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
With Elysium, Blomkamp has made good on the promise of "District 9" and proven that working on a bigger canvas doesn't mean compromising on...
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By Kim Newman
Not perfect, but a much more satisfying Earth-in-ruins film than Oblivion or After Earth. It is a little more conventional than District 9...
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The New Yorker

By Anthony Lane
At last, a good big film. The legacy of the summer, thus far, has been jetsam: moribund movies that lie there, bloated and beached, gasping...
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By Scott Foundas
Even working within a more conventional framework, Blomkamp again proves to be a superb storyteller. He has a master’s sense of pacing,...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Like District 9, an allegory of apartheid that took four Oscar nods and put Blomkamp on the map, Elysium delivers sci-fi without dumbing it...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film provides an intelligently imagined future world.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Elysium, the second movie from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, isn’t quite as inventive or fresh as his knockout debut, 2009’s "District...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Decidedly more thought-provoking than most big-studio summer fare.
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By Eric Kohn
If Elysium is the brainiest Hollywood movie of the summer, it's also the most conflicted one.
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So-So For Me, Go For You?

By MedRed
The Good: Elysium is a beautiful sci fi movie. With the exception of the healing machines, the depicted technology advancements seem completely plausible. The settings are amazingly well done, a lot...

Elysium: Hard to watch and heavy-handed

By jamesrmeehan
The hand-held camera work that they used for all the scenes on Earth was so jiggly that you could get nauseous just watching the film, and on a big screen, it's worse. In the fight scenes, the camera...

Excellent Movie, Period.

By lp104
Great premise, solid cast, spectacular action, edge of your seat intensity, beautiful special effects and cinematography, and pure sci-fi adventure with a heart! I don't know what else to say... other...

Good but not to the level of District 9

By Moviemunk
The film has an excellent, maybe too scary premise that the "haves" now live on a space station and the "have-nots" are left to starve and live on a polluted, overcrowded earth. Damon is very good...

Great popcorn movie!!!

By pedsarq
Terrific sci-fi movie that's two parts District 9 and one part Jason Bourne. Matt Damon once again proves that he can handle the leading man role with ease. He's right at home playing the gung-ho...

Disappointing movie

By hotchoco801
I was very expecting to see this movie because I like Matt and I have enjoyed most of his action movies but this was no no. I felt like wasting of time and money all together. Story sucks and...

ok but short and

By dariv
not much of a story, A lot of build up for little delivery of anything but nice acting and special effect. How about some more story development...

So Close

By Garconbleu
I so many ways this movie is good. It does not pander to an audience it's notions of tech in the future, this is what it is and how it works. There are some missed opportunities to give depth and...

Futuristic concept and special effects drew me to see it . . . story line was blah

By alyssaz11.44
I saw this in IMAX expecting an incredible experience, however, the accents of some of the characters made the dialog extremely hard to follow at a gazillion decibels, and the action scenes were shot...

Is Elysium the US & Earth Those who want to be US Citizens?

By Pbrejcha
First of all let me say I'm not a huge sci-Fi, end of the world movie fan, so having said that if you're like me you should pass. Like all end of the earth movies, the people on earth are dirty in...

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Rated R | For Strong bloody violence and language throughout
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under Dazzling but heavy-handed sci-fi has violence, language.
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