How to Watch: Elysium in 2019

  • September 14, 2021

What to watch: Elysia (2018) from the makers of the critically acclaimed sci-fi film The Martian will hit UK cinemas on 23 September.

The movie follows an astronaut stranded on a remote planet, and is a story of hope, survival and redemption for a race of aliens who are the antithesis of humanity.

The film has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards including Best Film at the Venice Film Festival and Best Picture at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Here are some of the highlights.1.

Elysium is the most anticipated sci-fiest film of the year and you should definitely watch it. 

The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, won two Academy Awards and was nominated in 2017.

Elysia follows a human astronaut stranded in space as he seeks to build an artificial moon base on a barren world and escape from the harsh Martian environment.

The Martian (2013) follows the same astronaut on a similar journey.2.

The story of a space station, the human race and the alien species. 

Elysium has been described as the ‘most ambitious sci-fu film of this decade’ and is set on the remote world of Elysium.

The space station is a hive of life, with human and alien life alike, but its only purpose is to be used as a space laboratory.

The human race has been forced to live in a state of constant war, and the life forms on the planet have no memory of their past or what they once were. 


It is set in the year 2100. 

This is the year where humanity’s first foray into space is going to take place.

The first human astronaut to make it to space is James Holden (played by Ben Whishaw), and his mission is to make a safe and permanent settlement on the desolate world Elysium, where there is no water and no life.

Holden is not alone on his mission. 


It takes place in the 21st century. 

In this time period, the aliens, the ‘Elysian’ have become increasingly powerful.

They have developed technology that allows them to harness the power of their suns energy to create the kind of energy that allows for the construction of colonies on the surface of the planet.

The humans of Elysia, on the other hand, are trapped in a time of civil war between the governments of the human-colonised world and the Erosian-controlled Elysium colony. 


It will take place in a dystopian future. 

It will be the year 2020 when humans first set foot on the Moon. 


The alien species are called ‘Eros’. 

This group of ‘Eris’ is not a real race, but are beings who are more technologically advanced than humans and are capable of creating artificial worlds. 


The astronauts are named ‘Elysts’. 

The name of the crew on the spaceship is unknown, but they are all named ‘Elves’ or ‘Ethers’ or some other similar name. 


There are multiple timelines, each one containing an alien species or an Earth. 

These timelines are created by the various ‘Eroids’ that populate Elysium at various times, which may include, but is not limited to, the Eroids of the future, Erosians, Ethers and others. 


The Elysium moon base is a replica of Earth’s moon base. 

There are numerous replicas of Earth and Mars on Elysium and this is the one that Holden will be on during his mission to build the base.

The replicas are also referred to as the Elysium ‘Moon Base’ or Earth ‘Moon base’. 


There is a ‘Escape’ segment in the film. 

‘Escape’, a term that has been used in the movie to describe a sequence of events, is an alien race that is on a mission to steal the life essence of a human colony and use it to create a new life on the new artificial moon.

The original crew are on a secret mission to stop the aliens and stop them from creating a new Eros. 


The main protagonist, Holden, is played by Ben Kingsley. 

Kingsley plays Holden, a scientist who is in charge of the mission, while a character named ‘Journey’ is played as the ship’s navigator, who will help Holden make his way to the base and get back home. 


The spaceship is called ‘Mortis’. 

There is a term, which is the name of a race called the ‘Morphers’, that are the descendants of a species of aliens known as the Ethers. 


The name of this character is also called ‘Lionheart’. 

‘Lionhead’ is a reference to the character played by Russell Crowe in the iconic sci- fier The Martian. 


The cast includes