If you love a bit of dystopian sci-fi in your movies, then watch Elysium because it is definitely not to be missed.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp, the film stars Matt Damon (Air) and Jodie Foster. It takes place on both a ravaged Earth and a luxurious artificial world called, you guessed it, Elysium.
Made on a budget of $115m, it is considered a box office success, grossing $286m worldwide in 2013. However, critics unsurprisingly compared it to the director's first movie, District 9, and found it to be a disappointing follow-up.
That said, fans of the genre loved it, so if you want to watch Elysium, we have all the details on where to stream it around the world.
Where To Stream Elysium?
The US: Those with a subscription to AMC+ or DirectTV can watch Elysium for free.
The UK: Elysium is available to stream on a lot of platforms including Netflix, Sky Cinema, Starz or Lionsgate+.
Australia: You can watch Elysium on Paramount+, Binge or FOXTEL Now.
Canada: Canadians have the movie available on Netflix. Other options include Hollywood Suite and CTV with ads.
Mexico: You can stream the movie on Netflix.
South Korea: Elysium is only available one streaming service, and that is Watcha.
Sweden: Fans of Elysium in Sweden can watch the movie for free on either ViaPlay or C More.
Czech Republic: Elysium is currently available to stream on Netflix.
Central Europe: For the vast majority of the European countries such as Belgium, Portugal, Spain, France etc… Elysium is available on Netflix.
The notable exceptions are Italy and Germany, where you can stream it on Sky Cinema.
What Is Elysium About?
In 2154, the population is divided in two social classes. The wealthy people live in Elysium, a space station with all the resources and the poor people live on a devasted Earth.
In LA, Max da Costa (Matt Damon) is on parole and works in Armadyne, the company that created Elysium, managed by the CEO John Carlyle (William Fichtner).
Max dreams of living in Elysium but before he can get there, is exposed to a lethal amount of radiation where he works. With only five days to live, he needs to get to Elysium for life-saving treatment.
To do that he needs the help of a criminal named Spider. In return, Max must steal information from Carlyle's brain without knowing how powerful it is.
And Carlyle isn't the only one who wants it back as Max must now avoid the agents who have been sent to hunt him down and retrieve the software at any cost.
Can Max escape, make it to Elysium and survive? Watch Elysium to find out.
Where Was Elysium Filmed?
Creating a dystopian hell on earth and a luxurious artificial world is not an easy thing to do.
Sure, we have CGI and studios but for Elysium, Neill Blomkamp tried to keep things as real as possible. That's probably why he ended up shooting scenes across, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Ravaged earth-bound scenes were shot in a dump in the very poor Iztapalapa district on the outskirts of Mexico City. But wealthy suburbs of Mexico were also used to create Elysium, along with locations in Vancouver.
Who Plays Who – Cast and Characters
Matt Damon as Max Da Costa, a former criminal now on probation.
Alice Braga as Frey Santiago, Max’s childhood best friend.
Jodie Foster as Defense Secretary Jessica Delacourt. She is responsible for the security on Elysium.
Sharlto Copley as Agent M. Kruger, a black ops agent working secretly for Delacourt.
Diego Luna as Julio, Max's best friend.
Wagner Moura (Narcos) as Spider, a hacker who runs clandestine flights to Elysium.
William Fichtner as John Carlyle, the CEO of Armadyne Corp, the company that designed and built Elysium.
Faran Tahir as President Patel, leader of Elysium.
Emma Tremblay as Matilda Santiago, Frey's daughter who is dying of cancer.
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