Theatrical Release: August 9, 2013


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 Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line 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 (Matt Damon) 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.

Dove Review

I liked the ending, it offered hope for earthlings in the year 2154. Unfortunately, this is one of the most violent movies I have ever seen and several people left early at the screening I attended. It features a man’s face exploding and we see him in a graphic scene afterward, missing his face. It also features several other bloody scenes which are the results of stabbings and shootings. In one scene a tech device is implanted in a man and we see him opened up along with the ugly wound and the blood. This is not the only content issue as far as family viewing. It contains so many F words I lost count not to mention a ton of other language including Biblical profanity (GD, JC). It is a shame the writer wasn’t more creative. Anyone could stick in a profanity every other sentence but to come up with clever dialog is apparently a dying talent.

This one is dark and grim and doesn’t come close to earning our Dove Seal for family friendly viewing.

Content Description

Sex: An innuendo about masturbation; man and woman kiss each other on cheek; woman kisses man's head.
Language: So much language I lost count but the F word is uttered over and over along with GD, JC, and just about every other profanity one could imagine.
Violence: A lot of bloody violence including a man's face exploding and the bloody faceless corpse left behind; a device is implanted into a man and the scene shows him opened up and the flesh wound and blood; a man is blown up; many shootings and stabbings and explosions and many feature more blood; bloody mouth; blood flies out from character; man hit with a tank; robot beats a man with a club; a few characters are tasered; woman hit by punch; man kicked.
Drugs: Smoking of cigarettes in a few scenes and the smoking of marijuana; drinking including beer.
Nudity: Shirtless men.
Other: Tattoos; use of the middle finger a few times; a man is heard vomiting.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Producer: Simon Kinberg
Genre: Action
Runtime: 109 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter