YMMV / Elysium

  • Anvilicious: Impoverished, Spanish-speaking citizens of Earth trying to illegally immigrate to a space station owned by the English/French-speaking 1%? Bonus points for name-dropping the Department of Homeland Security. This film is a none too subtle allegory regarding illegal immigration, universal healthcare, and the Occupy movements.
  • Complete Monster: Agent Kruger is first introduced shooting down refugee ships full of men, women and children. We are then informed of his history of human rights violations, a reputation he proceeds to live up. He kills Max's allies and then when he tracks him to the home of his old friend Frey, he threatens and beats her in front of her daughter, mocking the latter to close her eyes as he claims he hates to commit violence in front of kids, before attempting to molest Frey. After Frey scorns him, he declares he'll make sure her daughter is never healed. When he's chastised for his failures by his superior Delacourt, Kruger simply murders her and then declares he'll take over Elysium itself to give it the ruler it deserves.
  • Creepy Awesome: Kruger, overlapping with Crazy Awesome when he's not doing anything too gruesome. For instance, he prefers barbecuing chicken and ribs with his katana.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: It's rare for a nigh-inhumane bastard to receive this treatment. However, Sharlto Copley's superlative performance as the Ax-Crazy Kruger makes this villain the runaway favorite for most viewers.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Spider, whose fast talking antics and his determination as a badass make him very charismatic.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Yes, all the people on Earth are now considered to be "citizens" and now they have free healthcare. It still doesn't solve the original problem that led to this situation in the first place and in fact will only making it much worse (overpopulation) and there might not be enough medpods for everyone.
  • Evil Is Cool: Kruger and his cohorts sport some pretty cool toys, armor and general badassery.
  • Hype Backlash: Some viewers who loved District 9 were disappointed with Blomkamp's followup. Then again, District 9 is a really Tough Act to Follow.
  • Narm: Specifically, Jodie Foster's portrayal of Delacourt. Combined with her bizarre accent, it's little wonder why she got sidelined by Kruger. That said, as Richard Roeper notes, Foster's butchered performance is surprisingly compelling.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Kruger. You know it's time to run whenever you see him or his squadmates enter the picture.
  • Space Whale Aesop: In this movie, healthcare is a pod that seemingly uses no natural resources and can pinpoint your exact problem and correct it at the molecular level in a matter of minutes with no apparent risk or side effects. As a stand-in for real life medical care it rather shoots for the moon.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Julio, whose relationship with Max can serve as a foil to him, but he is quickly replaced by Spider.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Given that Neill Blomkamp's debut film was District 9, this reaction was kind of inevitable, unfortunately. While many praise this film for its effects and Sharlto Copley's performance as Kruger, quite a few thought that the social commentary and the overall character development paled in comparison to Blomkamp's debut film.