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Elysium (2013)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Elysium (2013)

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life but could bring equality to these polarized worlds. (Read More)

Themes:radiation, heist, surveillance, sadism, robbery, torture, drinking, politics, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Mood:allegory, gore
Locations:slum, rooftop, elevator, hospital
Characters:thief, hostage, nurse, girl, singer, doctor, friend
Period:future
Story:child with leukemia, surveillance drone, radiation poisoning, parole officer, christ allegory, space station, missile attack, missile launcher, brain surgery, grenade launcher, factory worker, spaceship crash, hand grenade, sick child, murder of a child, dark future, president, man versus robot, human versus robot, humanoid robot

Machete Kills (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage, nurse, doctor
Story:assault rifle, knife fight, space shuttle, billionaire, armored car, space station, satellite, healing, hologram, stabbed in the neck, spanish, stabbed in the stomach, security camera, machete, missile, ak 47, surgery, subtitled scene, secret agent, police brutality

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:factory worker, factory, knife fight, implanted memory, man punches a woman, implant, body armor, fight the system, megacorporation, corrupt official, stabbed in the hand, taser, lens flare, hologram, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, stabbed in the stomach, grenade, secret agent, dystopia

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:sadism, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, girl, doctor
Period:future
Story:christ allegory, hand grenade, dark future, child in peril, assault rifle, looking at oneself in a mirror, fight the system, megacorporation, regeneration, bilingualism, dna, drone, armored car, head blown off, death of protagonist, tragic hero, lens flare, dark hero, stabbed in the neck, cyberpunk

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:heist, surveillance, robbery, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:rooftop, elevator, hospital
Characters:thief, hostage, doctor
Story:christ allegory, hand grenade, murder of a child, death of child, child in peril, looking at oneself in a mirror, flash drive, coup, fight the system, armory, billionaire, armored car, satellite, younger version of character, tragic hero, lens flare, cane, dark hero, evacuation, explosive

Chappie (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Chappie (2015)

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. This is why Chappie (2015) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013). (Read More)

Themes:heist, surveillance, robbery, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:slum
Characters:hostage
Period:future
Story:robot, grenade launcher, man versus robot, human versus robot, humanoid robot, child, assault rifle, hand gun, human versus machine, tattooed man, south african, droid, flash drive, megacorporation, armory, drone, armored car, broken arm, artificial intelligence, title appears in writing

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, robbery, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:brain surgery, child in peril, assault rifle, looking at oneself in a mirror, implanted memory, implant, flash drive, bilingualism, computer hacker, unlikely hero, armored car, taser, satellite, security camera, sociopath, missile, subtitled scene, secret agent, mercenary, laptop

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:hand grenade, assault rifle, looking at oneself in a mirror, one percenter, man punches a woman, ex con, stabbed in the hand, dark hero, death of friend, sociopath, pickup truck, machismo, ak 47, ex convict, exploding body, self sacrifice, race against time, fugitive, on the run, home invasion

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:grenade launcher, hand grenade, assault rifle, knife fight, dna, drone, armored car, satellite, lens flare, healing, explosive, death of friend, security camera, grenade, missile, ak 47, mercenary, exploding body, president, bodyguard

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, singer
Story:grenade launcher, hand grenade, assault rifle, looking at oneself in a mirror, knife fight, flash drive, fight the system, bilingualism, armory, computer hacker, drone, armored car, broken arm, hologram, explosive, social commentary, death of friend, android, security camera, sociopath

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. This is why Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:hand grenade, body armor, head ripped off, dragging a body, exploding ship, crash landing, tragic hero, dark hero, lifting someone into the air, spacecraft, machete, ak 47, subtitled scene, mercenary, exploding body, self sacrifice, character repeating someone else's dialogue, spaceship, no opening credits, anti hero

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, torture, politics, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:rooftop
Characters:hostage
Story:christ allegory, grenade launcher, hand grenade, child in peril, assault rifle, helicopter crash, futuristic aircraft, flash drive, body armor, dragging a body, bilingualism, exploding ship, space shuttle, computer hacker, crash landing, smuggler, billionaire, drone, armored car, satellite

The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, robbery, torture
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, girl
Story:assault rifle, flash drive, exploding ship, lens flare, stabbed in the neck, bald man, stabbed in the stomach, security camera, sociopath, ak 47, subtitled scene, exploding body, laptop, character repeating someone else's dialogue, home invasion, no opening credits, anti hero, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, impalement

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, politics, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:rooftop, elevator
Characters:hostage
Period:future
Story:child in peril, assault rifle, devastated landscape, shuttle craft, fight the system, force field, utopia, armory, crash landing, drone, armored car, hologram, stabbed in the neck, cyberpunk, explosive, social commentary, security camera, missile, dystopia, race against time

American Ultra (2015)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, betrayal, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:hand grenade, assault rifle, sleeper agent, earth viewed from space, fight the system, bilingualism, unlikely hero, drone, armored car, stabbed in the hand, taser, marijuana joint, satellite, capture, stabbed in the neck, social commentary, teddy bear, security camera, secret agent, mercenary

Hardcore Henry (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... This is why Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, elevator
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:grenade launcher, hand grenade, implant, shaky cam, bilingualism, armory, crash landing, armored car, head blown off, stabbed in the hand, taser, marijuana joint, artificial intelligence, exploding head, gun battle, sociopath, machete, machismo, ak 47, subtitled scene

Rogue One (2016) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Rogue One (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. (Read More)

Themes:torture, politics, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage
Period:future
Story:spaceship crash, child in peril, droid, fight the system, force field, exploding ship, space shuttle, crash landing, space station, death of protagonist, broken arm, capture, hologram, artificial intelligence, evacuation, social commentary, death of friend, blockbuster, spacecraft, captive

Kick-ass 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Kick-ass 2 (2013)

After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist -- reborn as The Mother F%&*^r -- only the blade-wielding Hit Girl can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. (Read More)

Themes:robbery, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, elevator, hospital
Characters:hostage, girl
Story:grenade launcher, child in peril, assault rifle, knife fight, projectile vomiting, tanning bed, man punches a woman, body armor, unlikely hero, stabbed in the hand, taser, lens flare, stabbed in the neck, death of friend, lifting someone into the air, sociopath, machete, ak 47, subtitled scene, ex convict

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:surveillance, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:rooftop
Characters:thief, hostage, doctor
Story:hand grenade, regeneration, bilingualism, unlikely hero, drone, armored car, taser, capture, stabbed in the neck, gun battle, evacuation, death of friend, security camera, grenade, missile, pickup truck, ak 47, subtitled scene, mercenary, laptop

Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:rooftop
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:hand grenade, helicopter crash, flash drive, bilingualism, corrupt official, unlikely hero, stabbed in the neck, explosive, security camera, sociopath, ak 47, subtitled scene, laptop, employer employee relationship, race against time, fugitive, on the run, home invasion, no opening credits, exploding car

Brick Mansions (2014) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:rooftop, elevator
Characters:hostage
Period:future
Story:hand grenade, corrupt official, armored car, taser, satellite, security camera, missile, machismo, ak 47, police brutality, ex convict, mercenary, race against time, home invasion, no opening credits, anti hero, falling from height, brawl, tough guy, punched in the face

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:radiation, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:rooftop
Characters:hostage
Period:future
Story:dark future, implanted memory, man punches a woman, implant, fight the system, megacorporation, bilingualism, drone, death of protagonist, hologram, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, social commentary, orphanage, missile, subtitled scene, dystopia, exploding body, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue

Looper (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Themes:torture, betrayal
Mood:gore
Period:future
Story:murder of a child, death of child, child in peril, bilingualism, younger version of character, death of protagonist, lens flare, capture, cyberpunk, social commentary, death of friend, grenade, pickup truck, subtitled scene, dystopia, exploding body, self sacrifice, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run

District 9 (2009)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:torture, betrayal, friendship
Mood:allegory, gore
Locations:slum, hospital
Story:hand grenade, child in peril, power armor, shaky cam, fight the system, megacorporation, dna, unlikely hero, head blown off, hologram, exploding head, title appears in writing, gun battle, social commentary, machete, missile, machismo, ak 47, subtitled scene, mercenary

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, elevator
Story:grenade launcher, looking at oneself in a mirror, knife fight, bilingualism, armory, stabbed in the hand, tragic hero, dark hero, stabbed in the neck, machismo, subtitled scene, bodyguard, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, on the run, no opening credits, anti hero, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, assassin

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. This is why Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, robbery, torture, politics, betrayal, kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Period:future
Story:assault rifle, fight the system, force field, exploding ship, space shuttle, crash landing, drone, space station, hologram, artificial intelligence, evacuation, explosive, social commentary, spacecraft, missile, subtitled scene, secret agent, mercenary, exploding body, self sacrifice

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

When the USS Enterprise crew is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our space heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. (Read More)

Themes:radiation, surveillance, torture, politics, betrayal, friendship
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:spaceship crash, sick child, child in peril, shuttle craft, human in outer space, regeneration, exploding ship, corrupt official, crash landing, space station, death of protagonist, broken arm, lens flare, capture, hologram, death of friend, blockbuster, spacecraft, sociopath, subtitled scene

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, torture, politics, betrayal, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop, elevator, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:assault rifle, knife fight, man punches a woman, bilingualism, armored car, tragic hero, hologram, dark hero, gun battle, evacuation, sociopath, machismo, ak 47, subtitled scene, secret agent, mercenary, laptop, bodyguard, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue

Red Dawn (2012) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:hand grenade, child in peril, assault rifle, death of hero, shaky cam, unlikely hero, armored car, death of protagonist, lens flare, explosive, death of friend, security camera, grenade, pickup truck, machismo, ak 47, subtitled scene, graffiti, mercenary, exploding body

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, betrayal
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage, doctor
Period:future
Story:grenade launcher, assault rifle, looking at oneself in a mirror, 2100s, armory, crash landing, unlikely hero, armored car, head blown off, hologram, artificial intelligence, exploding head, stabbed in the neck, evacuation, death of friend, android, security camera, spacecraft, sociopath, mercenary

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, robbery, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:rooftop, elevator, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Story:hand grenade, hand gun, man punches a woman, armored car, taser, tragic hero, dark hero, explosive, coma, sociopath, grenade, ak 47, bodyguard, race against time, fugitive, on the run, home invasion, no opening credits, anti hero, exploding car

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, politics, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop
Story:grenade launcher, assault rifle, looking at oneself in a mirror, bilingualism, armory, drone, armored car, satellite, broken arm, lens flare, evacuation, death of friend, security camera, machete, machismo, ak 47, mercenary, exploding body, laptop, bodyguard

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Horror, Romance

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)

The five highly trained Bennett sisters in Georgian England must try to protect themselves from the growing zombie threat, find suitable husbands for themselves, battle marriage proposals and unlikely suitors, and save the country before it's too late.

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop
Characters:hostage, friend
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, man murders a woman, fight the system, bilingualism, head blown off, tragic hero, exploding head, dark hero, stabbed in the neck, explosive, grenade, subtitled scene, class differences, dystopia, exploding body, pig, bodyguard, race against time, fictional war, anti hero

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:rooftop
Characters:hostage
Story:missile launcher, hand grenade, child in peril, helicopter crash, flash drive, armory, computer hacker, armored car, taser, satellite, explosive, bald man, blockbuster, security camera, sociopath, grenade, missile, ak 47, subtitled scene, secret agent

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, drinking, politics, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Mood:allegory, gore
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage, girl, singer
Period:future
Story:christ allegory, missile launcher, police officer, fight the system, messiah, megacorporation, armored car, taser, marijuana joint, satellite, evacuation, cyberpunk, social commentary, death of friend, security camera, ak 47, police brutality, mercenary, dystopia, laptop

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013). (Read More)

Themes:torture, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:hostage
Period:future
Story:christ allegory, missile launcher, grenade launcher, hand grenade, child in peril, assault rifle, helicopter crash, armored car, death of protagonist, capture, social commentary, death of friend, blockbuster, captive, machete, grenade, missile, ak 47, subtitled scene, dystopia

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

Arthur Bishop, the master assassin who faked his death in hopes of putting that part of his ;life behind him, now lives a quiet life in Rio. But someone who knows who he is shows up and tells him, that if he wants to continue living this life, he will do three jobs for someone. Bishop tries to tell them he has the wrong man but they know who he is and if he won't do the job, they will take him but he gets away. He then goes to a resort in Thailand run by a friend, Mae, where he tries to find out who is looking for him. Later a woman named Gina shows up looking for medical assistance and Mae can't help but notice bruises all over her body. Mae deduces she's a battered woman and when Mae hears her being beaten, Mae asks Bishop to help her. He goes and kills the guy she's with. He kills the man and then sets fire to the boat he's on. But he sees that Gina has a photo of him. He deduces that they one who wants him, sent her. He confronts her and she admits that she works at a children's shelter in Cambodia and that someone told her if she didn't do what he said, the children would be endanger. While waiting for the man to come, they get close. And when the man's people comes, they grab them. Bishop is brought to the man who wants him to do the jobs and he tells Bishop that if he doesn't do it, Gina will be killed. So Bishop has no choice but to do it. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, doctor, friend
Story:hand grenade, knife fight, man punches a woman, bilingualism, armory, exploding ship, billionaire, taser, tragic hero, dark hero, stabbed in the neck, explosive, security camera, ak 47, subtitled scene, mercenary, exploding body, laptop, bodyguard, race against time

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:thief, hostage
Story:knife fight, human in outer space, force field, exploding ship, crash landing, smuggler, broken arm, lens flare, hologram, android, blockbuster, spacecraft, ex convict, mercenary, exploding body, self sacrifice, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, pilot, on the run

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop
Characters:hostage, doctor, friend
Story:assault rifle, assassin, helicopter crash, knife fight, car flip, megacorporation, armory, computer hacker, bald man, security camera, secret agent, mercenary, exploding body, laptop, bodyguard, race against time, fugitive, factory, on the run, anti hero

Grimsby (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Grimsby (2016)

MI6's top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he's a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby. Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want - 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There's only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, torture, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage
Story:grenade launcher, child in peril, assault rifle, south african, drone, armored car, taser, satellite, evacuation, social commentary, orphanage, missile, ak 47, class differences, secret agent, mercenary, exploding body, bodyguard, race against time, fugitive

Riddick (2013) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Riddick (2013)

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. This is why Riddick (2013) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:gore
Story:grenade launcher, assault rifle, armory, head blown off, lens flare, hologram, exploding head, title appears in writing, sociopath, machete, machismo, ex convict, mercenary, exploding body, pursuit, race against time, fugitive, character repeating someone else's dialogue, spaceship, anti hero

Lockout (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Lockout (2012)

In 2079, in Washington, the ex-CIA Operative Snow is brutally interrogated, accused of treason against the United States. The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Meanwhile, the idealistic daughter of the president of the USA, Emilie Warnock, is visiting MS One, a maximum security prison in outer space expecting to find evidence that the prisoners are actually guinea pigs of a huge corporation. When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. But the idealistic Emilie does not want to leave MS-One without the hostages. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Period:future
Story:outer space, helicopter crash, human in outer space, earth viewed from space, armory, exploding ship, space shuttle, head blown off, space station, lens flare, death of friend, security camera, spacecraft, missile, exploding body, president, bodyguard, character repeating someone else's dialogue, spaceship, stabbed in the chest

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, politics, betrayal
Locations:hospital
Characters:hostage, nurse, girl, doctor, friend
Period:future
Story:president, christ allegory, dark future, death of child, child in peril, assault rifle, shaky cam, fight the system, armory, armored car, capture, hologram, evacuation, cyberpunk, explosive, social commentary, class differences, mercenary, dystopia, exploding body

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, friendship
Mood:gore
Characters:hostage
Story:grenade launcher, hand grenade, child in peril, assault rifle, helicopter crash, lens flare, capture, death of friend, machete, grenade, ak 47, subtitled scene, self sacrifice, character repeating someone else's dialogue, exploding car, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, subjective camera, shot in the back, f word

The Machine (2013) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Machine (2013)

Two artificial intelligence engineers come together as they work to create the first ever self-aware artificial intelligence. A veteran AI engineer secretly hopes to develop technology to help his diseased daughter, even if it means funding comes from the powerful Ministry of Defence (MoD). His new partner, a young woman gifted in the field of AI, is brought on after her breakthroughs are recognized by the MoD. Things go wrong when the MoD takes over and advances the researchers' work to the next level, teaching the AI to kill and follow MoD instructions with its new and nearly indestructible body. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal
Mood:gore
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:hostage, doctor
Period:future
Story:artificial intelligence, hand grenade, assault rifle, implant, fight the system, computer hacker, taser, broken arm, lens flare, hologram, stabbed in the neck, cyberpunk, social commentary, android, grenade, surgery, secret agent, mercenary, dystopia, self sacrifice

The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. This is why The Purge: Election Year (2016) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013). (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, sadism, politics, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:rooftop
Characters:hostage
Story:hand grenade, assault rifle, knife fight, south african, fight the system, drone, taser, stabbed in the neck, social commentary, death of friend, security camera, sociopath, machete, ak 47, class differences, mercenary, dystopia, exploding body, laptop, self sacrifice

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, torture, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:christ allegory, spacecraft, human versus robot, human versus machine, secretary of defense, head ripped off, exploding ship, space shuttle, computer hacker, crash landing, drone, satellite, lens flare, exploding head, explosive, blockbuster, security camera, grenade, missile, secret agent

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, robbery, betrayal
Locations:rooftop, elevator
Characters:hostage
Story:grenade launcher, hand grenade, earth viewed from space, fight the system, armory, armored car, satellite, gun battle, evacuation, bald man, security camera, grenade, pickup truck, ak 47, subtitled scene, secret agent, mercenary, laptop, bodyguard, race against time

The Condemned (2007) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Condemned (2007)

The story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. (Read More)

Themes:surveillance, betrayal
Story:knife fight, shaky cam, title appears in writing, stabbed in the neck, gun battle, social commentary, machismo, ak 47, dystopia, exploding body, stabbed in the chest, stabbed to death, impalement, shot in the back, f word, falling from height, brawl, tough guy, punched in the face, shotgun

Repo Men (2010)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Repo Men (2010)

In the future humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called "The Union". The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don't pay your bill, "The Union" sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property... with no concern for your comfort or survival. Former soldier Remy is one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company's top-of-the-line heart-replacement... as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart's no longer in the job. When he can't make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy's former partner Jake, to track him down. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:slum, elevator, hospital
Characters:nurse, singer, doctor, friend
Period:future
Story:grenade launcher, knife fight, flash drive, megacorporation, stabbed in the hand, taser, lens flare, hologram, cyberpunk, social commentary, death of friend, stabbed in the stomach, security camera, lifting someone into the air, machete, grenade, surgery, mercenary, dystopia, employer employee relationship

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