Picture from Elysium

The class system has reached universal proportions in this dystopian tale of a future Earth that has become so polluted that all who can afford to do so live on a man-made space station instead. That leaves only the poor on the planets surface -- an injustice Max De Costa (Matt Damon) determines to change.

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence and language throughout

Why is Elysium rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Elysium is rated R for for strong bloody violence and language throughout

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Violent acts shown in a realistic manner with detail, blood and tissue damage.

- Depictions of fighting, beating, shooting, stabbing, dismemberment, mutilation and explosion.

- Frequent gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence (sometimes involving children),with blood, gore and some detail.

- Frequent non-graphic violence.

- Frequent explicit violence.

- Detailed disturbing scenes.

- Gory and grotesque images.

Sexual Content:

- Sexual references and innuendo.


Approximately 185 instances of coarse language:

- Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations in a non-sexual context.

- Infrequent use of scatological slang and vulgar expressions.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

- Smoking.

- Substance abuse.

Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence. Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A Gory Violence.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Brutal Violence, Disturbing Content, Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A