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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dazzling but heavy-handed sci-fi has violence, language.

Movie R 2013 109 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 16+

Brutal violence, great characters, compelling plot, good movie

This movie is fabulous. That's the only way to say it, it's full of good and bad characters with some that are in the middle. Max is a great role model and cares about other people. While all of this is good it is EXTREMELY violent, LOADS of people get killed in the countless fight scenes that include (Lots of shooting, stabbing, impaled on screen, people get blown up on screen (one time has a man lose all his limbs and head on screen that's very gory) bad guy loses his face, people are disintegrated, burned, major character dies) all of that is very bloody and violent. Absolutely keep all kids under 16 away from this. If you watch it (with or without kids) you're in for a brilliant adrenaline ride.
age 15+

Blomkamp's second film is just as great as his first!

Great special effects, awesome action, AMAZING MOVIE!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (52 ):

This type of "haves vs. have-nots" story has been done many times in sci-fi, ranging from the terrific Metropolis and Gattaca to the dreadful Upside Down; Elysium isn't one of the better ones. The movie starts out with awe-inspiring footage of Elysium, making it look almost like a man-made heaven. But director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) is fond of "realism," which in this case means a grimy look with lots of shaking cameras and blurry, jerky footage.

Blomkamp tells his story with a heavy hand, concentrating more on messages than on storytelling or on emotional connections with the characters. He's so focused on issues of tolerance, healthcare, and race and class discrimination that he often forgets about simple logic. Many scenes and many character motivations simply don't make sense. As a result, actors like Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, and Diego Luna mostly look lost. For a movie about important ideas, Elysium is, ultimately, not very smart.

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