Elysium (2013)

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Theatrical Poster
Country USA.jpg United States
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Release Date 2013
Language English
Studio Alphacore
Media Rights Capital
QED International
Distributor TriStar Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Max De Costa Matt Damon
Secretary Rhodes Jodie Foster
Agent Kruger Sharlto Copley
John Carlyle William Fichtner
Frey Santiago Alice Braga

The following weapons were used in the film Elysium (2013):




Beretta 93R

Sandro (Jose Pablo Cantillo) wields dual Beretta 93R pistols during the brain data heist. The pistols have been converted to fire fully automatic in the film.

Beretta 93R with wood grips - 9x19mm
Production still.
Sandro with his Beretta on Max when he suddenly decides to abandon him during the data heist.
Sandro (Jose Pablo Cantillo) firing his Berettas.

Beretta 92FS

Spyder's men are armed with Beretta 92FS pistols in various scenes.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
One of Spyder's men points a Beretta at Julio.
When Max confronts Spyder, Spyder draws a Beretta on him. An Ekol blank fire only replica was used for this shot.

Vektor SP1

Max De Costa (Matt Damon) and Julio (Diego Luna) use a Vektor SP1 pistol during the brain data heist.

Vektor SP1 - 9x19mm
Max fires his Vektor SP1 when his AKM suddenly jams during the data heist.

Walther P99

Julio (Diego Luna) uses a Walther P99 during the brain data heist.

Walther P99 - 9x19mm
Julio (Diego Luna) with a Walther P99.
Julio draws out a Walther P99 during a confrontation with Spyder's men.
Julio fires his Walther P99 at one of Carlyle's droids.

Futuristic Pistol

Human Elysium security forces carry an unidentified sci-fi pistol. Agent Kruger's (Sharlto Copley) men also carry these pistols.

One of the futuristic pistols displayed at San Diego Comic-Con.
One of Agent Kruger's men wields one of the futuristic pistols as he breaks a door down.



Manuel (Adrian Holmes) gives Max De Costa (Matt Damon) a dressed up AKM rifle before the brain data heist. The rifle fires fictional 7.62x39mm airburst munitions, and is fitted with an advanced (and fictional) computerized targeting system that includes a holosight, aiming laser, and rangefinder. The targeting system allows the operator to determine the range at which the airburst munition will detonate, similar to the real-life XM25. Before Max can use the rifle during the heist, it jams and he gives to Julio (Diego Luna), who clears the jam.

AKM (stamped steel receiver with slant muzzle brake) - 7.62x39mm
Matt Damon holds the customized AKM in a promotional still, here buttons for the airburst detonation range are clearly visible.
Manuel (Adrian Holmes) hands Max (Matt Damon) airburst ammunition. He explains that the rounds have a 5-meter kill radius, making each round as powerful as present-day 40x46mm grenade.
Manuel sights the AKM as he talks to Max.
Max De Costa takes aim at a security droid with his custom AKM.
Julio clears a jam for Max, who appropriately doesn't know how to do that, since he has never received any firearms training.
Max takes aim at the security droid.
Max fires his AKM at Agent Kruger's energy shield.
Max holds the modified AKM.


Julio (Diego Luna) uses a FN SCAR-L assault rifle suring the brain data heist. He gives the rifle to Max De Costa (Matt Damon), after Max discards his custom AKM. Its 5.56x45mm ammunition, unlike the AKM's airbust rounds, prove highly ineffective against the security droids.

FN SCAR-L - 5.56x45mm NATO
Julio (Diego Luna) holds his SCAR-L.
Max De Costa (Matt Damon) holds the SCAR-L.
Max with his SCAR-L as one of Carlyle's droids attempt to strangle Julio.

Vektor R5

Manuel (Adrian Holmes) carries a well-worn Vektor R5 assault rifle after the Spider's resistance forces land on Elysium.

Vektor R5 - 5.56x45mm NATO
After Spyder lands on Elysium, Manuel disembarks from Spyder's dropship with a Vektor R5 at the ready.
Manuel with his R5 as he escorts Frey and her daughter.
Manuel with his R5 as Frey's daughter is put into a medbay.


AR-15 variants can be seen in the hands of Spyder's men.


Norinco QBZ-97B

One of the resistance fighters who accompanies Spyder to Elysium carries a Norinco QBZ-97B

Norinco QBZ-97B - 5.56x45mm
One of Spyder's men is armed with a Norinco QBZ-95B.
Spydr's escort attempts to fire at Kruger during Spyder's trip through Elysium.


Max De Costa (Matt Damon) grabs a fictional "ChemRail" rifle during the fight in the Elysium armory. The ChemRail has a high rate of fire, and its high-velocity rounds rip right through walls and shred enemies. The weapon has a blazing rate of fire, and instead changing magazines, Max just grabs another ChemRail rifle from the armory after the first one runs out of ammo. According to the official site, it fires 8.75x52mm FSDRAS (Fin Stabilized, Discarding Rail Accelerator Sabot) rounds with a muzzle energy of 18 kilojoules. It is a dual-stage weapon, using chemical propellant first and then electro-magnetic rails as the second stage.

A ChemRail rifle displayed at San Diego Comic-Con.
Matt Damon holds a ChemRail rifle in a promotional still for the film. According to the magazine, the Chemrail is chambered for 8.75x52mm.
Max opens fire in the armory, Swiss-cheesing an opponent on the other side of a wall.
Max aims his ChemRail, after escorting Frey and her daughter out of the armory.

Cousar Crowe assault rifle

The Cousar Crowe is a fictional assault rifle carried by Elysium security droids, human security, and Kruger's team. According to the official site, it is a 40 kg anti-material rifle firing .22 caliber hyper-velocity rounds. According to the prop itself, it is made in Brazil and fires 5.25x25mm electro-chemically propelled rounds. The movie itself treats it as a bog standard assault rifle that is neither heavy nor particularly powerful.

A Cousar Crowe assault rifle displayed at San Diego Comic-Con.
Magazine detail, taken from auction bid. The magazine supposedly contains 40 rounds of 5.25x25mm ammunition, set off by a 5 Amp charge.
An Elysium Homeland Defense Force security bot detains an illegal immigrant.
One of Carlyle's security droids aims its weapon as it engages Max and Julio during the data heist. Carlyle is rich, so both the droid and its weapon have incredibly tacky gold plating.
One of Kruger's men holds his Cousar Crowe as he ducks an explosion during the attempted takeover


Remington 870

Manuel (Adrian Holmes) gives Max De Costa (Matt Damon) a customized Remington 870 before the brain data heist. The Remington is fitted with a short barrel, M4-style stock, a doorbreaching muzzle device, and Surefire weaponslight foregrip. Max uses the weapon to fire a guided high-explosive round, that is then remotely triggered. He then ditches the weapon, and it is not seen again.

Remington 870 with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight - 12 Gauge
Manuel (Adrian Holmes) holds the Remington 870. He mentions that it's loaded with guided high-explosive rounds.
Max fires the 870 at a private shuttle before discarding the weapon

Machine guns

Fictional door gun

A door gun is mounted on the R-165 Raven Assault VTOL that Agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley) and his men ride.

Behind the scenes prop.

FN Minimi SPW (Knight's Armament ChainSAW Mock-Up)

Manuel (Adrian Holmes) uses an FN Minimi SPW mocked up to look like a KAC ChainSAW (a modified Stoner 96 LMG with chainsaw grips, Cobray flare launcher, and suppressor) during the brain data heist. He also appears to have a camera device attached to the weapon and linked with his helmet display, as he is seen firing the weapon wildly from cover while looking in the opposite direction.

Minimi SPW - 5.56x45mm
KAC ChainSAW with 200 round ammo box, suppressor and Spike's Tactical 37mm “Havoc” flare launcher - 5.56x45mm NATO / 37mm
Notice the Minimi-style gas regulator cap and front sight.
"Die, motherf***er!" Manuel blind-fires his mocked-up FN Minimi SPW at one of Carlyle's security droids during the data heist.


Missile launcher (4Sure Ballistics Missile Launcher)

Kruger (Sharlto Copley) uses the 4Sure Ballistics Missile Launcher, a surface-to-space missile launcher that looks similar to a M202A1 FLASH. It fires ground-to-space missiles at over 518 kilometers per second, or 45 times escape velocity with an effective range in excess of 15,000 kilometers. The official site implies that the weapon uses a non-nuclear thermal grenade warhead, the NT-RU735, with a megaton-level explosive yield. However, the movie depicts the missiles as simple kinetic-impact rounds,

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Front covers opening
Close up of instructions
Kruger firing off three rockets.

Sky Sweeper grenade launcher

John Carlyle's (William Fichtner) security droids carry Sky Sweeper grenade launchers mounted on their Crowe assault rifles. According to the official site, the device is a 15kg, 25mm caliber missile launcher that fires anti-air rounds at escape velocity, and is able to engage targets on Earth from the Moon. In the actual movie, the weapon appears closer to 40mm caliber and suffers from Video Game Grenade Launcher Syndrome, turning the supposedly-powerful weapon into an inaccurate dumbfire weapon whose rounds do zero damage. However, only Carlyle's droids ever carry the launcher, suggesting that it may well add a good deal of weight to the rifle it is mounted on.

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M203A1 grenade launcher

An M203A1 grenade launcher is custom-fitted to Manuel's M249.

Knight's Armament Company M203A1 - 40x46mm
"Die, motherf***er!" Manuel blind-fires his mocked-up FN Minimi SPW at one of Carlyle's security droids during the data heist.



An unknown model of hand grenade is used by one of Carlyle's security droids. Max also uses one of these grenades on Agent Kruger's VTOL. The grenades appear to be a "futurised" fragmentation grenade, with the general shape of a modern smoke grenade. If you look closely, you can see tiny grooves in the casing, suggesting a high fragment count.

The grenade lands under a car after a security droid casually tosses during the data heist
Displayed at San Diego Comic-Con.

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