"They will hunt you to the edge of the Earth for this..."
Elysium is a dystopianScience Fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, Carly Pope and Alice Braga. It was released on August 9, 2013.In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on Elysium, a Stanford torus high-tech utopian space station governed by President Patel (Faran Tahir) located in orbit around Earth which is free of crime, war, poverty, hunger, and disease, while everyone else lives on the overpopulated, ruined Earth below. The citizens of Elysium live a life of luxury which includes access to private medical machines offering instant cures while the citizens of Earth struggle to survive on a daily basis, and desperately try escaping the planet on a frequent basis. Those who maintain Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens' lifestyle, even destroying ships that attempt to get there.After an industrial accident leaves him with severe radiation poisoning, thirty-six year-old former car-thief-turned-factory-worker Max DaCosta (Matt Damon) has only five days to get to Elysium in order to be cured. Max straps into a powerful exoskeleton and attempts to kidnap a rich businessman (William Fichtner) in order to steal his identity and hijack his way into Elysium. This pits him against Elysium’s Defense Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her violent secret police forces, led by Kruger (Sharlto Copley).
A Friend in Need: Julio does everything he can to help Max after he's been irradiated, from taking care of him, to unhesitatingly offering him his savings even though they both know it's not enough to get him to Elysium, to joining him on the job he takes for Spider in exchange for help getting to Elysium. Sadly, it costs him his life.
One of the weapons that Max uses is a modified AKM that uses high explosive airbirst rounds, each round as powerful as modern-day 40mm grenades. The AKM goes from semi-obsolescent relic to WH40K bolter with a magazine swap.
There's also the remote-triggered explosive shotgun slug, which packed enough explosive power to disable a ship engine. And then we have Kruger's explosive shuriken.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: Kruger's katana. When he stabbed Julio, he put it full length through the man and the ground beneath him with no apparent difficulty. Even with super-strength, we're talking about hard-packed earth.
Kruger and his men have steel reinforced skeletons, to facilitate their usage of an exosuit. This helps explains such things as how Kruger is able to overpower Max (albeit only when the latter is distracted) even before getting his own exosuit, why he's seemingly unconcerned about being shot at by 9mm pistol rounds, and how he can survive a grenade to the face with no brain trauma.
Kruger was born in the 1970s. Medpod technology apparently indefinitely extended his lifespan.
President Patel, Elysium's board of directors, and Delacourt's unfortunate assistants are repulsed by Delacourt's Establishing Character Moment (which nearly leads to Delacourt losing her job as Defense Secretary). Not that Patel's any more tolerant of undesirables from Earth, but he prefers to simply round them up and deport them.
Artistic License - Biology: After his accident, Max says that he has so much radiation in his body that he is probably irradiating people in close proximity. Carlyle makes a similar claim when he worries about having to replace the sheets in the factory medbay, due to Max's skin falling off (which doesn't happen from radiation poisoning, neither in reality nor in the movie itself). Both are wrong because radiation can only be emitted by radioactive material; human tissue does not qualify. There's excuses for both, though; Max was trying to intimidate someone and may not even know better, and Carlyle is just a jackass.
Asshole Victim: Carlyle and Delacourt. The former was picked by Max for exactly that reason.
Autodoc: The medical pods are the closest thing the future has to a Panacea. They can heal every disease known to man (as stated in Armadyne's ARG website), cancer, broken bones, and leukemia. They're so powerful that they can even repair Kruger's face, most of which was blown off with Max's grenade.
Ax-Crazy: Kruger. For one, he uses his sword to cook food with. A knife is one thing, but a goddamn katana? He also has a very bad habit of blowing people up, going as far as calling an injury that he inflicts on those who get in the way "a flesh wound", before blowing them to chunks. And then when he finds out Delacourt's "classified info" was a total system reboot for Elysium, he decides to get the data himself to turn Elysium into his personal hell. Bottom line, Kruger, Drakey, and Crowe simply enjoy their jobs way too much.
Badass Normal: Drakey and Crowe, Kruger's henchmen, who despite lacking exosuits, hold their own against Max and others, with Drakey single-handedly taking out the CCB building and forcing an evacuation.
Empowered Badass Normal: Elysium Agents apparently all have at least a low level of cybernetic physical augmentation, to make it easier for them to use an exosuit.
Bad Boss: Max's foreman docks him a half-day for coming in late and wanting to work with a bum hand, which is somewhat reasonable but still helps to establish him as a jerk. Later on, he forces Max to walk into a radiation chamber which had already been primed (but not activated) to clear a door jam, leading to Max's irradiation when the door slams shut once the jam is cleared. At least he clearly feels bad about this, but he nevertheless forced Max into an extremely unsafe situation. However, the foreman isn't nearly as bad as Carlyle, who is more concerned about Max ruining the bedding in the medical bay than his condition, and even tells his foreman to cover his mouth so they won't breathe the same air.
Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: This is what Delacourt keeps Kruger around for, to the dismay of President Patel. Then, when he gets to the Elysium near the end, Kruger kills Delacourt.
Bald of Awesome: Max DaCosta has a completely shaved head. Justified, since he just got out of prison.
Bittersweet Ending: Max dies so he can use the information in his head to reboot Elysium, turning everyone on Earth into a citizen of Elysium. The ending shows Elysian ships coming down on Earth, full of medical pods and mechs ready to help the new citizens of Elysium.
One of the weapons for the Civil Cooperation Bureau, who supplies the weaponry for the Elysium Defense Forces, is known as the Cousar Crowe Rifle. It's classified as an anti-material rifle, weights 40kg, and fires a .22 non-explosive round at extremely high-velocity. In order to utilize it, the operator has to wear an Exosuit, for not only recoil management reasons, but to provide the damn thing with additional power.
Then we have its upgraded version, the Sky Sweeper, which gives the rifle the ability to serve as a man-portable air defense system and adds 15kg to the base rifle. It uses a smart surface-to-air grenade round with megaton+ explosive yields with a 400,000 km range — enough to hit Earth while standing on the moon.
Then there's the ChemRail, which is a man-portable railgun system. It doesn't get nerfed by the movie, and gives the middle finger to concealment, cover, the laws of physics, and the (presumably reinforced for security reasons) walls of the armory before disintegrating a Mook.
Kruger uses man-portable quad AA missile launcher, whose missiles are capable of intercepting (from behind, no less) spaceships traveling at 1.7 times escape velocity. The missile itself is going about 45 times escape velocity, or 518 kilometers per second
Bigger Bad: President Patel, the leader of Elysium. While he personally disapproves of Delacourt's methods for enforcing the status quo, he sits at the very top of a tyrannical system that can only be sustained through the continuous exploitation of Earth's inhabitants.
Black Dude Dies First: Largely averted, as the only prominent black character ends up being a Mauve Shirt that survives to the end of the film. However, there is a rather high Latino body count, although this was kinda unavoidable since nearly every Earth-based character (including Max, Frey, and Spider) is Latino, and it's set in a future LA.
Blood Knight: Dear lord, Kruger and his squad-mates Drakey and Crowe.
Crapsack World: Earth is devastated and overpopulated and the people who still live on it are destitute. The very wealthy live on the titular Elysium, a space station similar in appearance to a Stanford torus, and will stop at nothing to maintain the distinct separation between the two classes of people and prevent immigration. To show how bad things are on Earth, the slum city Max lives in is Los Angeles.
Cool Airship: The Raven, Kruger's military transport that even fly into orbit.
Cure For Cancer: The machines that Elysium makes use of are manufactured by a Mega Corp. known as Armadyne. They are known as the Med-Pod 3000, and they'll cure anything from Crow's Feet to Cancer. All it takes is a simple scan and brief surgery. Max DaCosta is trying to get to Elysium because he is dying from extreme radiation exposure, and using a Med-Pod would save his life. Frey, his childhood friend, is also desperate to get to Elysium because her daughter is dying of leukemia.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: There doesn't seem to be any practical reason, beyond spite or Population Control, to deny Earthlings the use of Elysium med-pods. At the very least, people wouldn't be quite as desperate to get to Elysium if they could be healed just by dropping by a hospital for a quick stint in a pod, not to mention wasting less resources on the inferior medical care Earth currently provides.
Cyborg: Max DaCosta, the protagonist, has an older model Exosuit grafted to his body. Kruger has implants on his body to mount technology to, and facial nodes to interface with tech. Near the end of the film, Kruger mounts a high tech exosuit on his implants.
Cyber Punk: Though humanity has the technology to live in space colonies and cure cancer in seconds, much of Earth lives in poverty and squalor.
Deadpan Snarker: Max to an extent. Considering what he's dealt with over his life and what comes next, anyone would be. Mouthing off to robots isn't too smart.
Deflector Shields: Kruger carries an awesome handheld shield. He uses it twice, both times to help him survive against what would be immediate death otherwise, at the hands of 7.62mm airbursting explosive ammo and fire from the Chemrail. It seems to be powered by the powerpack he wears on the back of his body armor. Very realistically portrayed, for once, for the simple fact that although the shield stops the shot, it doesn't stop the transfer of energy to the target.
Max, as he's trying to save his life from imminent death. Nothing gets in his way from reaching Elysium , not lethal irradiation, not painful Exo-Suit surgery, not even a stab wound keeps him down for more than a day or so.
Kruger. It's his job to be one but his hunt for Max quickly becomes personal, especially when Max blows half of Kruger's head right off
Disappeared Dad: The father of Frey's daughter Matilda goes unmentioned and unseen.
As with District 9, Neil Blomkamp makes little effort to be subtle in his symbolism. Let's see: an impoverished and overcrowded land with a primarily Spanish-speaking population trying desperately to get to the place where all the wealth and resources seem to be concentrated while the mostly white, English-speaking population of the wealthy land aggressively trying to keep the masses of non-citizens at bay. The bulk of the film even takes place in Los Angeles, in case the rest was too subtle.
The movie also mirrors the "white flight" pattern seen in many American cities: minorities move into a city, causing middle- and upper-class whites to move to the suburbs, and when minorities start moving to the suburbs, whites move to farther suburbs. The logical conclusion to this is for the upper class to build their own space station.
Easter Egg: Look very closely during the final montage of the joyous citizens of Earth welcoming the medical shuttles. There's a blink and you'll miss it shot of Johannesburg... with the alien ship from District9 still hovering over it.
Kruger himself is Ex-Special Forces turned chief enforcer for the Civil Cooperation Bureau.
John Carlyle's security droids are pretty standard, aside from the fact that they're gold. Yeah, subtle.
Empowered Badass Normal: Max goes from an ex-convict stricken with extreme radiation poisoning to a superhuman with Powered Armor grafted directly into his body. Kruger goes from being a badass Ex-Special Forces sociopath to an augmented badass Ex-Special Forces sociopath.
The Heavy: As the leader of Elysium's secret police force on Earth, Agent Kruger serves as Delacourt's primary instrument against Max and the band of freedom fighters with whom he aligns himself. He later replaces Delacourt as the film's main antagonist by murdering Delacourt in a plot to seize control of Elysium for himself.
Heroic Bystander: The little old lady who hides Max from Kruger and his crew by getting him to crawl under her cart of pigs, defeating their FLIR.
Heroic Sacrifice: Max knows the data in his head will kill him if it's removed, but lets Spider do it so Frey's daughter will survive.
Hollywood Hacking: Mostly averted; hacking involves console text and computer code on believable interfaces, though it's still bizarrely easy to reboot the whole space station and rearrange the government and/or citizen registry. This may be justified, as they were using a stolen piece of software that had been written explicitly to mount a coup on Elysium.
Shown Their Work: The Elysium reboot code is seen on screen before being compiled, and it is Intel-syntax assembly code. The next time we see this code on-screen, it is shown as escaped strings with hex characters; this is how shellcode usually looks like. Actual exploits will contain code like this, for pretty much similar purposes as the one shown on the film.
Hope Spot: A lone ship manages to make it past and evade Kruger's missiles but are apprehended upon landing. One of the immigrants from the shuttle that manages to make it to Elysium manages to get to a Med Pod and heal her daughter's leg enabling her to walk. Only to get tazed and arrested immediately afterwards. All things considered, though, that woman got exactly what she came for. It's highly unlikely she expected to stay there.
I Have You Now, My Pretty: Kruger expresses this toward Frey and her daughter. This behavior presses Max's Berserk Button, which ends up in him tossing the grenade to crash the shuttle upon its arrival on Elysium, blowing Kruger's face off in the process.
I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Happens when the black underground operative in panic blindly opens fire at the approaching security droids despite Max and others being in the firing line, and ends up fatally shooting Carlyle.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kruger doesn't just use that sword for cooking. He stabs his sword full length through Julio and into the ground beneath him without difficulty.
Improbable Aiming Skills: One of Carlyle's bodyguard droids throws a grenade almost carelessly to the side and still gets it under one of the crew's cars.
Ironic Nursery Tune: Kruger tries calming Frey's daughter, Matilda, with an Afrikaans children's tune as they're being taken to Elysium. She's being "comforted" by the man who beat her mother and stated his intent to "settle down with her", on top of a man with a live grenade being in close proximity. Worse, it's a song of a married man and woman going about their life after spending a night together.
Irony: Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) gets Carlyle to write a reboot code for Elysium to perform a coup and keep it safe from the people on Earth. In addition, she hires a complete psychopath to do her heavy lifting for her. Said psychopath ends up murdering her in cold blood, and the code gets used to give Elysium to the said illegal immigrants she was trying to protect it from.
The head of Armadyne. His first concern on discovering one of his employees has been blasted with radiation? Keeping the bedding on the gurney in the medbay clean. Oh, and don't let your dirty Earth germs get on him, cover your mouth.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Spider. He's effectively a crime boss and unapologetically uses Max, using his desperation to get him to take a job nobody else will take and not telling him the information he loads into his head-chip might be protected with lethal measures, but when it turns out that Max has found a program that will let them take control of Elysium, he immediately wants to use it to save everyone.
Jitter Cam: To an astounding amount, especially during the action scenes. This gif◊ gives behind the scenes details.
Living Macguffin: Max becomes one when all the security coding for Elysium gets uploaded into his brain, coding that would let the user do anything they want. Spider and co. want the information to disable the Elysium security systems and make everyone on Earth register as a citizen, Delacourt wants it to overthrow Elysium's current leadership, and Kruger wants it to take over Elysium and do... unpleasant things.
Ludicrous Gibs: Just like in District 9, there are a few glorious instances of people exploding (as well as one droid turned into scrap metal in a similar fashion).
The opening sequence features a young woman using the bays to completely change her appearance. Possibly to highlight the difference between the people on Earth who could use them to survive, and the people on Elysium who are using them primarily for cosmetic purposes.
When Kruger gets his face reconstructed, the process ends up removing the distinct facial implants, and ends up de-aging Kruger significantly. He's no longer weathered and wrinkled, and it ends up removing a lot of the gray hairs out of his his beard and mustache.
Major Injury Underreaction: Carlyle, though possibly justified as he was shot in the heart, and probably immediately went into shock.
Meaningful Name: Elysium was heaven in Greek mythology. Specifically, it's the heaven set aside for heroes, gods, and other divine beings. Sure enough, The Hero dies there.
Mecha-Mooks: Manufactured by Armadyne, these security bots take care of neutralizing any and all threats that arrive down on Earth and in Elysium. Max holds a grudge against these security robots, especially since they end up breaking his left arm when he was resisting their attempts to find out what was in the bag he was carrying.
Mega Corp.: Armadyne, who makes everything from security robots to the all-cure machines known as the Med-Pod 300s.
Messianic Archetype: Max himself. In his childhood, the nun that he lives with states that he's bound to change the world. He ends up on a quest to save humanity by hacking Elysium to make everyone its citizens, gets "crucified" with exosuit parts drilled into his body, willingly sacrifices himself at the end, which enables all the people on Earth get access to Elysium's medical facilities, basically giving them access to heaven.
More Dakka: Besides some glorious shots of an AKM slow-motion exploding a robot, the two varieties of Elysian assault rifle fire at a minigun-like buzz, along with one of the gang members' chainsaw-gripped machine gun and a door-mounted gauss heavy machine gun.
Multinational Team: Delacourt is French and the president of Elysium is Indian. Only three characters in Los Angeles are Caucasian (the White Male Lead [though with the name DaCosta and his español-hablando childhood, he could be a light-skinned hispanic], his unnamed supervisor and Carlyle), and there's a token black dude, but the rest are Latino, and Max is fluent in Spanish. The only East Asian we see is an Elysium biotechnician in one scene.
Mundane Utility: Kruger uses his katana to help him cook food over an open fire.
My God, What Have I Done?: Delacourt refuses treatment from Frey after she's stabbed in the neck, murmuring 'no' in remorse for what she did.
Nerves of Steel: Carlyle is impressively composed when his Bugatti SSTO is shot down, and even sets an ambush, immediately after crash-landing, for Max and Julio by sending only one of his droids out to kill them, and waiting for them to leave cover before deploying the second. However, he (like Delacourt, and, it's somewhat implied, many Elysians), seems slightly robotic, which may be the source of his imperturbability. Mind you, he still had the occasional small spazz and yelp. It's still impressive that he wasn't screaming and flailing.
Nice Guy: Julio. Although he's a car thief, he's never shown to be anything but friendly and an unfailingly loyal friend to Max.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The plot to open up Elysium to everybody on Earth is only possible because of Delacourt's desire to overthrow the current government, requiring a virus that can reboot the system. Then Max gets a hold of it...
No OSHA Compliance: Max's foreman telling people to do really dangerous things like go inside a radiation chamber to fix a door jam or get replaced. Worse still is the fact that said radiation chamber can't be opened from the inside and has no emergency shutoff button. Justified in that OSHA probably doesn't even exist anymore. It's worth noting that the radiation chamber, once active, does have sensors to detect if something is in there that shouldn't be. It doesn't turn the chamber off, of course; it's more like "By the way, you're cooking some dude."
The whole thing is made pretty ironic due to the intercom in the factory constantly blaring on about working safely.
Older Than They Look: Kruger. According to supplementary material, he was born in 1970, making him almost 200. This is also why Carlyle doesn't bat an eye when Delacourt mentions he'd have a secure arms contract for 200 years: They both can and fully intend to live that long and beyond.
Please Wake Up: Max, to Julio after Kruger stabs him through the chest after he shows up to stop their data-jacking.
Max DaCosta's third-generation Exosuit gives him the strength to rip machines apart with his bare hands in his quest to reach Elysium.
Later Kruger is outfitted with a sleeker model, which appears to be a fifth-generation exosuit. That said, the armor part of the suit is shown to be distinct from the exoskeleton that allows the protagonist to walk and move. Unlike Max's older model Exosuit, Kruger's has more extensive armour components, including better protection for his torso. His version is also mounted to his existing implants, rather than having it grafted to his bones like Max's.
Precision F-Strike: Sort of. Kruger's men gleefully flip off the members of parliament after tossing grenades into the council chamber. Kruger himself is fond of using it when he goes absolutely nuts, such as exploding a target or getting fired.
It looks like Max's Exosuit, and possibly all other Exosuits, are made and manufactured by Kawasaki; there's also a med-pod with a large Versace logo on it.
In the beginning, there is a closeup of Max's Adidas, possibly a nod to Yellow, the commercial Blomkamp did for the shoe company.
Carlyle's personal space shuttle is an in-universe badged Bugatti, with design cues from the Veyron.
Delacourt's wristwatch/communicator has the Bvlgari brand.
Psycho for Hire: Kruger; his profile mentions him committing numerous human rights violations. Kruger is one of those rare psychos that backfires against their employer!
Rage Against the Reflection: Kruger punches and partially shatters a mirror after his face is reconstructed. Seeing one of the shards is what gives him the idea to kill Delacourt with it.
Ragnarok-Proofing: Judging by the the data thieves' ride and the cars along the street, no new cars have been manufactured on Earth for over 150 years. The land yachts shown on the street at one point would be considered in visibly good shape if they were found today, much less found in a slum after 150 years.
Required Secondary Powers: Using an exosuit requires skeletal implants, which explains why Max can tear off a droid's head without ruining his fingers or Kruger surviving a grenade that reduces his face to a bloody mess.
Retro Upgrade: Max wonders why he's being given an antique AK to use and is promptly shown the futuristic explosive rounds that allow it to remain viable.
Ripped from the Headlines: It doesn't need to be said that in 2013, wealth disparity and societal division in spite of constantly emerging technologies that have the potential to improve everyone's lives is a hotly debated issue.
Robo Speak: Max gives some back to his "parole officer" after it (a robot) extends his parole for sassing some robot officers.
The Civil Cooperation Bureau, who provides most of the weaponry in the setting, shares a name with the real-life Civil Cooperation Bureau, which was a government-sponsored hit squad within the South African Defense Force, during The Apartheid Era. Agent Kruger, played by South African actor Sharlto Copley, is a member of the CCB who works as a Sleeper Agent for the Elysium Defense Forces. The members of his team are also white South Africans, very tellingly.
The little cybernetic interface ports that Carlyle, Delacourt and her team have installed behind their ears, which allow for the near-instantaneous download of data, is very reminiscent of the microsofts from the Sprawl Trilogy and Shadowrun, if only conceptually and where it's located on the user's body.
The SABRE protection system seems to work a lot like the Sprawl Trilogy's "black ICE" devices.
South Africa: Kruger, Drake and Crowe's accents indicate they hail from here, which the actors who play them also do. Ax-Crazy white South African mercenaries are a trope even in 2154, it seems. Their drop ship even has the South African flag painted on it. A whole class of people living in a slum prevented from even setting foot where the other half lives? See: The Apartheid Era.
Space Does Not Work That Way: Elysium doesn't have a roof — the shuttles are able to enter and land anywhere on the habitat ring. On a structure smaller than a planet, centrifugal force and high walls shouldn't be enough to keep air from leaking out, and there's no indication that the atmosphere is held in by a force field, even though force field technology exists as applied to Kruger's personal shield.
Space Is Noisy: While more subdued than space opera style explosions, the missiles that explode in space can still be heard.
Space Station: The eponymous Elysium is a man-made installation orbiting Earth, where the privileged of humanity live apart from the destitute masses.
The Starscream: Delacourt plans a coup because she feels the current president doesn't have what it takes to lead. Kruger later kills Delacourt in order to seize control of Elysium for himself. Karma's a bitch.
Straw Vulcan: Also Delacourt, though she's a crafty enough operator that she has no problem invoking emotion to make a point. But, the slightly-robotic way she does it (and everything else, for that matter) indicates that she probably doesn't actually feel it, but is simply just that bigoted.
Super Strength and Super Speed: Aside from being able to rip off the heads from droids and throw people around like dolls, the Exosuits increase the user's physical performance dramatically. They move more quickly than the average combatant, and Kruger was able to leap a great distance and height using his Exosuit. Max was able to rip himself from a gurney, and pulverize Crowe into the floor of the Armoury before throwing him like a shotput. Earlier, we have Max running away from the botched heist, on foot, at high sustained speeds. Considering the amount of distance that was put between him and Kruger, he had to be moving at least 35 mph.
Taking You with Me: Kruger tries to blow himself and Max up with a grenade at the end of their fight. It doesn't work out as he intended.
Tattooed Crook: Max spent several years in prison and is on parole, and as we can see from his scenes in the beginning, is very inked out.
Too Dumb to Live: Delacourt for up-close confronting a complete psycho like Kruger without any protection or guards.
Trailers Always Spoil: The teaser was fairly opaque, but one of the full-length trailers has two specific shots (Max yelling "I have five days to live!"; Max carrying the Ill Girl) give away the plot. Another goes into even more detail, summarizing the first half-hour. The only thing any of them preserve is Kruger (though, to be fair, he is one of the major Plot Twists).
Trailers Always Lie: The trailer heavily implies that Max's exosuit is what gives him the ability to override Elysium's system. It doesn't, but the virus it lets him download from Carlyle's brain does. It also implies some shots of Kruger are actually of Max (such as Kruger's Power Walk when he begins the coup and specifically starts gunning for Max), and that Kruger is assisting the hero. The trailer also implied that Max's exosuit can remotely crash a ship, which was just gesture by Kruger (activating sticky homing explosives).
Unwinnable by Design: the ARG website contains a short "test" supposedly conducted by a robotic official to check if the player (supposedly a person from the impoverished Earth) is fit for a free move to Elysium under some charity program or another. All the questions, however, are rigged, and every possible choice will only ever result in the robot mocking the player before eventually deeming them unfit (for example, in order to test their English skills, the robot will ask the player to type down the word they hear: four/for/fore. Since they all sound exactly the same the way they are pronounced, naturally every response would result in the robot calling out the player on lacking linguistic skills and deducing points). This does an excellent job of getting future viewers both to sympathize with the frustration of the Earth people and to hate the self-righteous hypocrisy of the Elysians.
Vomit Indiscretion Shot: After Max suffers a lethal dose of radiation, his friend takes him inside to figure out what is wrong and help him. Right as Max walks in the door, he pukes on the table. Interestingly enough...
Vomit Discretion Shot: The remaining shots of him throwing up aren't shown directly, as he pukes in a toilet and the camera's from behind.
White Male Lead: Max is a light-skinned Hispanic, but is played by the very WASPy Matt Damon. This stands out because almost every other character in the movie is played by an actor of a matching ethnicity.
World Half Full: Max's Heroic Sacrifice grants everyone on Earth citizenry of Elysium, and Med-Pods are flown out to Earth, providing everyone proper and adequate enough health care service.