The Action-Packed Elysium Trivia Quiz


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Due to an accident at the plant, he only has five days to live. Getting to Elysium and into a Med-Bay is his only chance. What’s downloaded in his brain is his ticket to ride. Recall it all in this adventurous, action-packed Elysium trivia quiz!

Who plays Max Da Costa?

A former car thief on parole, now working on the assembly line, Max Da Costa is portrayed by Matt Damon, an actor, film producer, and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. Damon has received an Academy Award from four nominations and two Golden Globe Awards from eight nominations. He has been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards and six Emmy Awards. He has also starred in the Bourne franchise films.


What is Elysium?

Elysium is a gigantic space habitat, located in Earth's orbit, that is only for the wealthy. Elysium is technologically advanced, with Med-Bays: medical machines that can cure all diseases, reverse the aging process, and regenerate new body parts. Elysium or the Elysian Fields is also a concept of the afterlife that was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults.


Who says this? “Don't. Don't breathe on me. Cover your mouth.”

John Carlyle built the torus and can write a reboot sequence that can shut down the entire system. His company, which isn’t doing well financially, builds missile defense batteries, droids, robots that patrol Earth, and other defensive equipment. The line "Don't breathe on me... Cover your mouth!" spoken by John Carlyle to the Plant Manager, was ad-libbed by actor William Fichtner.


Who says this? “Does his skin fall off or something? I don't want to replace the bedding. Just get him out.”

People are disposable in John Carlyle's world. And when Max gets radiated to the point he has five days to live, Carlyle looks in on him and says this quote. John Carlyle is played by William Fichtner, an actor known for his role as Sheriff Tom Underlay in Invasion, Alexander Mahone on Prison Break, and numerous film roles, including Quiz Show, Heat, Contact, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Crash, Blades of Glory, Black Hawk Down, Nine Lives, The Longest Yard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Dark Knight, Date Night, The Lone Ranger, Phantom, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Why did the rich and powerful build Elysium?

Earth is overpopulated and polluted. Most of the earth's citizens live in poverty, on the edge of starvation, and with little technology and medical care. It is the year 2154 -- Elysium sits in the Earth’s orbit so that those on Elysium can still run businesses and build industries that pollute the earth, while living a healthy, pollution-free life in Elysium.


Why is there a business for Spider, the human smuggler?

A long-running feud exists between the wealthy residents of Elysium and the citizens of Earth, who want Elysian technology to cure their medical ailments. But just being smuggled into Elysium is not enough. You need a bar code emblazoned on your arm to identify you as an Elysian citizen. Once there, you need to break into a house and use the Med-Bay before being caught by Elysian security and deported. Because the need is so large, big money can be made by people like Spider, a human smuggler.


What exactly does Spider do?

Spider has the technicians, pilots, fuel, computers, codes, everything he needs to smuggle people into Elysium. Spider is portrayed by Wagner Moura, a Brazilian film, television, and stage actor. He achieved international fame for his portrayal of Captain Roberto Nascimento in the Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. He played the lead role of Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series Narcos, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.


Where does Max live as an adult?

Max Da Costa lives in the ruins of Los Angeles. He works at an assembly line for Armadyne Corp, a company run by CEO John Carlyle. The film's Earth-bound scenes were shot in a dump in the poor Iztapalapa district on the outskirts of Mexico City. The crew shot for two weeks in a dump, which Damon has said were the toughest two weeks of his career, because the dust kicked up by the production wasn't dust -- it was fecal matter. According to the LA Times, conditions were so toxic that at one point the production crew had to scrape off the top layer of silt and replace it with prop garbage, and the crew had to pass through a clean zone before lunch.


What does Max receive from a nun?

Max grew up in an orphanage and would steal things because, already at age five, he knew he needed money for a ticket to Elysium. The nun at the orphanage gives Max a locket with a picture of Earth from outer space. The nun is played by Yolanda Abbud L., an actress known for In the Time of the Butterflies and Señorita Pólvora.


How does Max break his arm?

As his day begins, Hispanic gangsters hassle him about having a day job, and kids beg him for money. Robot cops don’t like his attitude, break his arm, and accuse him of violating parole. When a robotic cop asks Max what was in his bag, Max jokes, “Mostly hair product.” Which is funny since Max is bald. Matt Damon shaved his head for the role of Max.


When Max goes to the hospital to get his arm fixed, who does he meet?

When he goes to the hospital, he sees Frey, the girl he grew up and was best friends with at the orphanage. He is so proud of her -- she got out of the slums and became a nurse. Frey is portrayed by Alice Braga, a Brazilian actress who appeared as Angélica in City of God and as Karina in Lower City. She appeared opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend, and has starred in Repo Men, Predators, and The Rite.


Due to his interaction with the robot police, who else does Max need to see before he can go back to work?

Because of his infraction with the robot police, he needs to visit his parole officer, which is a computer-simulation. The simulation tells him that his parole has been extended. When Max gets upset, the simulation says, “Elevation in heart rate detected. Would you like a pill? Would you like to speak to a human?” The film explores themes such as immigration, overpopulation, health care, worker exploitation, the justice system, and social class issues.


What happens when Max’s part of the assembly line gets jammed?

The manager is ready to replace Max if he doesn’t fix the jam. Max does it, then gets trapped in the chamber and is hit by a lethal dose of radiation. On the subject of replacing Max, did you know that Eminem was offered the lead role? Eminem turned it down because director Neill Blomkamp would not change the film's location from Los Angeles to Detroit.


How does the android medic deliver the news that Max is going to die?

The android medic gives Max pills after examining him. This is what it says to Max: “Miporol, extremely potent, will keep you functioning normally until your death. Please take one pill with each meal. Thank you for your service.” Prior to Eminem, the lead was offered to Ninja, a South African rapper, who despite being a fan of District 9 (the prior film of the director) did not take the role. Ninja is such a fan of District 9, he has a D9 tattoo on his inner lip.


Who helps Max get through Spider's security to seek help from Spider?

Desperate for a cure, he and his friend Julio seek help from Spider, the human smuggler, to get him to Elysium; his only chance for survival is using a Med-Bay. Julio is portrayed by Diego Luna, a Mexican actor, producer, and director, known for his childhood telenovela work, a starring role in the film Y Tu Mamá También, and supporting roles in American films, including Rudo y Cursi, The Terminal, and Milk. He also starred in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. Recently he starred as Captain Cassian Andor in the Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.


Why do they put an exoskeleton on Max?

It was a gory scene as they drilled into Max’s bones to attach the exo-skeleton. The room was dirty, disgusting and not sterile. Plus, you could see how old and low-tech his suit is, compared to his nemesis, Kruger. To prepare for the role, Matt Damon had a daily four-hour workout in the gym. Neill Blomkamp was specific of the character's physical look - he had a mugshot of Damon tacked on to the body of a model on the poster as a reference for the trainer.


What was the job Max had to do before he could get his ticket to Elysium?

Spider agrees to get Max to Elysium if he can steal financial information from Carlyle. To assist him, Spider's men surgically attach a powered exoskeleton to Max with a neural implant. With Julio and a team of Spider's men, Max shoots down Carlyle's ship, and in the ensuing firefight with Carlyle's security droids, Carlyle is fatally wounded. Max downloads the program to his suit's neural implant. Everyone wants what Max downloaded.


What does Delacourt do to get the information from Max’s head?

Kruger is a ruthless, psychopathic, sadistic, megalomaniac special mercenary and a senior agent for Civil Cooperation Bureau, who has been dismissed. Delacourt reinstates him to capture Max and bring him to her. To make sure Max doesn’t escape Earth while Kruger is trying to locate him, she has implemented a lockdown on air travel over all of L.A.


What incurable disease does Matilda, Frey’s daughter, have?

Matilda has stage four leukemia. Leukemia is cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Leukemia usually involves the white blood cells. But in people with leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells, hindering the body's ability to fight infection. They can’t save her on Earth, but they can on Elysium.


What is so powerful about the information that Max has downloaded into his brain?

Defense Secretary Delacourt wants the information and Kruger wants it to rule Elysium. Spider and Max want it to change the status of all Earth citizens from illegal to legal citizens of Elysium. Delacourt is played by Jodie Foster, who has often been cited as one of the best actresses of her generation. She was a child and teen actress, receiving an Academy Award nomination for her role in Taxi Driver. She also starred in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs.


Max has the information stored in his brain and is hurt while escaping Kruger. Where does he go to find medical attention?

Max collapses on the street near the hospital, sees Frey, and yells to her. Max can’t go into the hospital because, once he is registered, he will be found by Kruger. Frey takes Max to her house where she patches him up and he meets Matilda. Matilda is played by Emma Tremblay, an actress known for The Judge and The Giver.


Delacourt orders the download of the program, even though what will happen?

Max, Frey, and Matilda are taken to Delacourt, who orders the download of the program, even though it will kill Max. She then orders Frey and Matilda to be taken away by Crowe, who locks them in a supply room. Futuristic designs of Elysium were executed by Philip Ivey after long periods of researching and studying older science fiction films. Ivey has continuously cited Syd Mead as a substantial influence for the film.


Who kills Delacourt?

Kruger says “I'm sorry... that we crashed the vehicle and ruined someone's lawn.” He then takes a shard of glass from a broken mirror and cuts Delacourt’s jugular vein. She bleeds to death. Agent Kruger is portrayed by Sharlto Copley, a South African actor, producer, and director who has produced and co-directed short films that have appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as commercials and music videos. He is perhaps best known for playing the roles of Wikus van der Merwe in District 9, Howling Mad Murdock in the adaptation of The A-Team, James Corrigan in Europa Report, and King Stefan in Maleficent. He also played the title character in the science fiction film Chappie and starred in two seasons as Christian Walker in the TV series Powers.


Why does Kruger have to get his face reconstructed?

As Drake says, “His brain is fine, but he's gonna be *pissed* when he wakes up, eh?“ Drake says this because Max got the better of him, throwing a grenade that blew up in Kruger’s face. Drake is portrayed by Brandon Auret, an actor and producer, known for Elysium, Chappie, and District 9.


How does Max escape his confinement as they are starting to download the information in his brain?

After being ordered by Kruger to kill Frey and Matilda, Crowe enters the supply room and prepares to sexually assault Frey first, but he is killed by Max, who escaped confinement by breaking through the arm cuffs with the help of his exo-skeleton. Did you know Weta Workshop created the exosuits for Damon and Copley's characters?


What stops Max and Spider as they head for Elysium’s core?

Max meets up with Spider, who has one of his members escort Frey and Matilda to a nearby Med-Bay. They then head for Elysium's core but are ambushed by Kruger, now equipped with a military-grade exoskeleton far superior to Max's. Did you know the scenes for Elysium were shot in Vancouver and the wealthy Huixquilucan-Interlomas suburbs of Mexico City?


How does Max get the advantage over Kruger?

Max manages to rip out Kruger's neural implant, rendering his suit immobile. However, Kruger is a psychopath and he tethers himself to Max's suit, then pulls the pin on a grenade with the intent of killing them both. Max rips off the tether and hurls Kruger over a ledge to his death. Commenting on the exo-skeleton, Matt Damon told the Huffington Post that "They did a really good job. By the time I got it, they got it down to 25 pounds. [It was] distributed over my whole body, so it really wasn't bad." According to press notes for the film, the HULC suit required eight months of research and development and 75 revisions just to finalize the design.


What happens when Spider starts downloading Max’s data into Elysium’s computer core?

Spider and Max reach Elysium's computer core, where Spider realizes that the program's activation will kill Max. As Max dies, Elysium's computer core reboots and registers every Earth resident as an Elysian citizen. What is interesting is that before writer/director Blomkamp started shooting—or casting—he created a graphic novel as a reference. “It absolutely blew my mind," Damon told Wired. The book featured not only detailed illustrations of the film's universe and its weapons and technology, but also how Blomkamp wanted Max to look.


What does Max say to Frey before he decides to die?

Max personally activates the program, having spoken one last time with Frey via radio. Max is holding the locket, looking at the Earth from Elysium, and thinking back to when he was given the locket. The nun had said he was made for something special. The final lines of the film are spoken by the Nun in Spanish: “My little Max.”


What happens on Earth now that Earth civilians are legal citizens of Elysium?

Elysium's computer dispatches a huge fleet of medical ships to begin treatment of the citizens of Earth. It’s what Earth citizens wanted most and why they were risking their lives to get to Elysium. Did you know that when the screen shows CEO John Carlyle writing the reboot sequence, it is in assembly language, in valid code that can work?


What did the critics think of the film?

The film received somewhat positive reviews. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 67% approval rating and an average rating of 6.5/10, based on 229 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "After the heady sci-fi thrills of District 9, Elysium is a bit of a comedown for director Neill Blomkamp, but on its own terms, it delivers just often enough to satisfy."


What did the fans think of the film?

The audience gave it a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes. On a budget of $115 million, Elysium earned $286.1 million in box office sales.


Most of the accolades were in production design, but from which organization did Elysium receive nominations?

Of these nominations, it won the Leo Award for Best Visual Effects Motion Picture. Besides all of the above, there were other nominations, including the Hollywood Movie Award, IGN Summer Movie Awards, Jupiter Award, and Saturn Award.


The Elysium luxurious space habitat production design was extraordinary, but what was it based on?

The design of Elysium's space station is based on real science -- specifically, a design called the Stanford Torus, proposed by NASA in 1975. Scientists envisioned a donut-shaped ring, over a mile in diameter, that would rotate once a minute to create artificial gravity on the inside of the ring via centrifugal force and hold 10,000 people. It would be built from materials from the moon.


What other movies have been directed by Neill Blomkamp?

Neill Blomkamp co-wrote, directed, and co-produced District 9, Elysium, and Chappie. Blomkamp is married to Terri Tatchel, a Canadian screenwriter, best known for co-writing District 9 and Chappie with Blomkamp. She was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay together with him at the 82nd Academy Awards. Did you know that Time named Blomkamp as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2009? Forbes magazine named him as the 21st most powerful celebrity from Africa.


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