Elysium (2013)

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Elysium 2013 poster.jpg
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 92FS (Blank Fire Replicas)

Spyder (Wagner Moura) and his men are armed with Beretta 92FS pistols in various scenes, close ups show both EKOL Firat Magnum and Kimar Model 92 blank fire replicas are used.

EKOL Firat Magnum - 9mm P.A.K. blanks
Kimar Model 92 black - 8mm Blank
One of Spyder's men points a Beretta 92FS at Julio. This is a EKOL Firat Magnum blank fire replica.
When Max confronts Spyder, Spyder draws a Beretta 92FS on him. A Kimar Model 92 blank fire only replica was used for this shot.
Two of Spyder's henchmen, on the left, hold their Beretta 92FS' on Max.

Walther P99

Julio (Diego Luna) uses a Walther P99 as his sidearm throughout the film.

Walther P99 - 9x19mm
Julio (Diego Luna) with a Walther P99 in a production still.
Julio draws his Walther P99 during a confrontation with Spyder's men.
Julio fires his P99 during the brain data heist.
Julio fires on Kruger (Sharlto Copley).
Over-the-shoulder shot of Julio's P99.

Beretta 93R

Sandro (Jose Pablo Cantillo) dual wields Beretta 93R pistols during the brain data heist. They seem to be modified to attach to his chest rig/gauntlets. The pistols have been converted to fully automatic fire instead of the standard 3-round burst.

Beretta 93R with wood grips - 9x19mm
Production still.
Sandro loads one of his Beretta 93Rs before the brain data heist. Note it is secured to the gauntlet on his forearm.
Sandro with his Beretta 93Rs hanging loose as he preps his computer rig.
A closer shot reveals the Beretta 93R secured to his rig. This one appears to have black factory grips.
Sandro holds his Beretta 93R on Max.
Sandro firing his Beretta 93Rs. Note the right side of the Beretta in his right hand has a wooden grip.
When Sandro is hit we can briefly see that the opposite side of his right-hand Beretta 93R is attached to his forearm.
Sandro's Beretta 93Rs empty soon after he is hit.

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 suffers a jam during the data heist.
Julio appears to have this pistol holstered at one point during the data heist.
When Julio is killed, a SP1 is seen next to him. Note the discarded AKM in the foreground and the mocked-up FN Minimi SPW in the background.
A closer shot. Based on the unique shape of the trigger guard, this appears to be the Vektor SP1.

Futuristic Pistol

Drake (Brandon Auret) and Crowe (Josh Blacker) carry futuristic sidearms which appear to be props, and not based on any real-world design. Human Elysium security forces are also armed with the pistol.

One of the futuristic pistols displayed at San Diego Comic-Con.
Crowe shoots out the lock in Frey's door with the futuristic pistol.
Crowe brandishes his pistol as he retrieves Frey and Matilda.
Crowe draws his sidearm in a fight with Max but it is knocked away.
Drake fires his sidearm at Max when his Cousar Crowe runs dry.
A rack of these pistols are seen in the armory on the top right.
One of President Patel's security detail with the pistol.

Rifles / Carbines

Cousar Crowe Assault Rifle

The Cousar Crowe is a fictional assault rifle carried by Elysium security droids, human security, and also by Drake (Brandon Auret). 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 big 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.
A Homeland Defense Force droid detains an illegal immigrant while carrying a Cousar Crowe.
One of Carlyle's droids emerges from his shuttle and throws a grenade, Cousar Crowe in hand. Note the tacky gold plating on both the droid and its weapon.
Carlyle's droid engages Max and Julio, firing the Cousar Crowe fitted with a Sky Sweeper grenade launcher.
A closer shot.
In a continuity error, the droid is shown holding a rifle without the Sky Sweeper attached before is it blown to smithereens by Max's airburst fire.
Drake holds his Cousar Crowe as he ducks from an explosion from his own grenade.
Drake fires his Cousar Crowe at Max in the armory.
A Homeland Defense Force droid with his Cousar Crowe at the end of the film.
A Homeland Defense Force Soldier with his Cousar Crowe.

Colt Model 723

When Spyder's men are prepping shuttles several of them have AR-15 variants, only one of which can be identified as a Colt Model 723. Further in the film another Model 723 carbine is seen in Spyder's hidout

Colt Model 723 "M16A2 Carbine", late model with "M4" profile barrel - 5.56x45mm NATO. This configuration was available from 1987, and used the barrel from the Colt Model 720 (a prototype rifle which was part of the XM4 program).
One of Spyder's men, the closet to the foreground on the far right, holds what looks to be a Colt Model 723 as a shuttle is prepped. You can just make out the M4-profile barrel and the A1/A1E1 carrying handle.
A Model 723 is propped against the couch at the bottom left. Here you can more easily see the A1E1 upper.

Colt Model 733

A Colt Model 733 with an A1E1 upper, aluminium stock, a woodland camo finish, RIS handguard, and a vertical foregrip is seen held by a sentry at the entrance of Spyder's hideout. Another sentry seen a bit later seems to have the same weapon.

Colt Model 733 "M16A2 Commando" - 5.56x45mm NATO
A sentry holds up a modified Colt Model 733 as he lets Julio and Max pass through. When the carbine is brought down a second later you get a brief glimpse of the 11.5 inch barrel.
A second sentry with what seems to be the same modified Colt Model 733 when Julio and Max have a stand off with Spyder.


Manuel (Adrian Holmes) gives Max De Costa (Matt Damon) a modified AKM before the brain data heist. The rifle is loaded with 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 hands Max 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 sights what he calls a 'family heirloom.' If any weapon was to still be in working condition after almost 200 years, it would probably be an AK.
Security droid POV of Max struggling to clear a jam in his 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 a security droid.
Later during the heist, Max retrieves the AKM and magazines. Note the airbust round in the magazine.
Max chambers a round.
A nice close-up of the receiver and taped mags.
Max fires the AKM at Kruger's energy shield.
Max with the modified AKM.
One of Spyder's henchmen tries to hit Max with a regular AKM.

Vektor R5

Manuel (Adrian Holmes) carries a well-worn and cloth wrapped Vektor R5 assault rifle during the data heist, although he doesn't fire it. He is later seen with the rifle after the Spyder's resistance forces land on Elysium.

Vektor R5 - 5.56x45mm NATO
Manuel loads up his R5 before the heist, as seen through his helmet cam.
Manuel's R5 is seen as he flees.
Manuel wields the R5 as he escorts Frey and Matilda to a medbay.
Another angle from the same scene.


Max De Costa (Matt Damon) grabs a fictional "ChemRail" rifle during the fight in the Elysium armory. Drake (Brandon Auret) also uses one of these rifles in the film. 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 of 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.
The ChemRail rifle used by Drake (Brandon Auret) in the film.
Matt Damon holds a ChemRail rifle (with an excellent example of trigger discipline) in a promotional still for the film. According to the magazine, the Chemrail is chambered for 8.75x52mm.
Drake with his ChemRail as Kruger boards the VTOL.
Drake searching Frey's house.
Over-the-shoulder shot of Drake's ChemRail. Note this one is more heavily customized than the ones seen in the armory on Elysium.
A rack of ChemRail rifles are seen as Max takes one down.
Max fires the ChemRail at Drake once Drake runs out of ammunition.
Max holds the ChemRail after dismembering Drake through a wall.
Max wielding a second ChemRail after the first one runs empty, rather than reloading. Again, this makes sense due to his lack of weapons training, especially with this weapon.
Max aims his ChemRail.
Max with the ChemRail after he meets up with Spyder's team.
A nice close-up of the computerized sights.


Julio (Diego Luna) uses a FN SCAR-L assault rifle with the stock and forend wrapped in cloth during 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, holding his SCAR-L, passes the modified AKM back to Max after clearing a jam.
Julio with his SCAR-L.
Max with the SCAR-L as a droid attempts to strangle Julio.
Max holding the SCAR-L on Carlyle.
A closer shot.

Norinco Type 56

A henchman carries a milled receiver Norinco Type 56 with the stock removed and dark colored cloth wrapped around the handguard in some scenes.

Norinco Type 56 with milled receiver without the under-folding ("pig sticker") bayonet - 7.62x39mm
Spyder's henchman with his modified Type 56.
The first henchman to the right of Max (Matt Damon) holds his modified Type 56 in a standoff.

Colt M4A1

One of Spyder's henchman holds an M4A1 carbine when Max returns to the hideout.

Colt M4A1 with 6 position collapsible stock - 5.56x45mm NATO
A henchman with an M4A1 as Max approaches.

Colt Model 933

One of Spyder's henchman carries a Colt Model 933 fitted with a RIS handgaurd and a suppressor in the hideout.

Colt Model 933 - 5.56x45mm NATO
A henchman with a Colt Model 933 fitted with a railed handgaurd and a sound suppressor.
Another shot of the same gun - note the detachable carrying handle.
The same henchman brandishes his Model 933 in a standoff.

Norinco QBZ-97B

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

Norinco QBZ-97B - 5.56x45mm NATO
One of Spyder's men armed with a QBZ-97B.
The fighter with his QBZ-97B.
Spyder's escort covers the rear, just before being attacked by Kruger.


Custom 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 and pistol grip, shell holder, a doorbreaching muzzle device, and a taped up Surefire weaponlight 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 Model 870 Entry Gun with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight - 12 gauge
Manuel shows Max the Remington 870.
Max examines one of the guided high-explosive rounds. The text is Russian and and the prongs on the end look similar to the ones on Taser XREP shotgun rounds.
Max holds the 870 while he talks with Julio before the heist. Note the guided rounds in the shell holder.
Max fires the custom 870.
Max with the 870 just before he discards it. Which, based on how the data heist plays out, probably wouldn't seem like the smartest move to him later on.

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, and on an Elysium Homeland Defense Force helicopter.

Behind the scenes prop.
A Homeland Defense Force droid manning the door gun.
One of Kruger's men firing the door gun.

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

Manuel (Adrian Holmes) uses an FN Minimi SPW fitted with a suppressor, an M203A1, and mocked up to look like a KAC ChainSAW (a modified Stoner 96 LMG with chainsaw grips, Spike's Tactical Havoc 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.

FN Minimi SPW - 5.56x45mm NATO
KAC ChainSAW with 200 round ammo box, suppressor, and Spike's Tactical 37mm “Havoc” flare launcher - 5.56x45mm NATO / 37mm
Manuel grabs the ChainSAW mockup from the backseat. Note the gas regulator cap and front sight, indicative of the FN Minimi SPW. Also note the camera lens.
Manuel in cover with the ChainSAW mockup. Note his helmet, presumably linked to the camera on the weapon.
"Die, motherf***er!" Manuel blind-fires his mocked-up FN Minimi SPW during the data heist.


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.

Kruger readies the launcher. Note the front covers are closed.
A close-up of the instructions.
Kruger fires the first rocket. Notice how the front covers are now opened.
Three rockets airborne.

M203A1 grenade launcher

An M203A1 grenade launcher is custom-fitted to Manuel's FN Minimi SPW. Pulling the launcher's trigger with the ammo box still attached to the Minimi SPW would probably be quite difficult for an operator with small hands and/or short fingers due to the size of the box.

Knight's Armament Company M203A1 - 40x46mm
Manuel blind-fires his mocked-up FN Minimi SPW fitted with a M203A1 at one of Carlyle's security droids during the data heist.

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. The design seems to be based on the Metal Storm 3GL as it's able to fire rounds one after the other from the same barrel without a magazine feed system.

Carlyle's droid firing the Sky Sweeper.

Multiple Launch Rocket System

A fictional sci-fi MLRS is seen on the R-165 Raven Assault VTOL.

The MLRS preparing to fire.


Taser Carbine

A fictional 'taser carbine' is briefly seen used by a Homeland Defense Force droid when detaining illegal immigrants. These tasers appear to fire bolts of electricity rather than the electrode darts used by modern tasers. They seem to be built off Cousar Crowe assault rifles as a base, much like alternate weapon systems that use modern day AR-15s as a base.

A Taser Carbine prop as seen in the film.
A Homeland Defense Force droid fires the taser carbine at a fleeing illegal immigrant.
The droid firing the taser carbine.

Taser Pistol

Fictional sci-fi taser pistols are used by Drake (Brandon Auret) and Crowe (Josh Blacker) after the VTOL crash. Like the taser carbines, it appears to fire bolts of electricity.

Drake uses a taser pistol to subdue Max.
Crowe wields his Taser before recapturing Frey and Matilda.


Futuristic Grenade

An unknown model of hand grenade is used by one of Carlyle's security droids. Similar grenades are used by Drake (Brandon Auret), and one is used by Kruger (Sharlto Copley) during the finale. The grenades appear to be a "futurised" fragmentation grenade, with the general shape of a modern smoke grenade.

Displayed at San Diego Comic-Con.
A grenade lands under a truck after a security droid casually tosses it during the data heist.
Drake tosses a grenade into a crowded control room on Elysium.
Another of Drake's grenades en route to a group of executives in a crowded hallway.
Kruger readies a grenade after his exo is compromised.

M34 White Phosphorous Grenade

Max (Matt Damon) takes a M34 White Phosphorous grenade with an altered paint scheme and markings from one of Spyder's henchmen and uses it as leverage to hijack Kruger's "Raven" VTOL. The white phosphorus grenade was dropped during a struggle on board and exploded, somehow not killing everyone in the flight cabin, and caused the "Raven" to crash land on Elysium. The M34 grenade would have incinerated the entire flight cabin and would not have exploded as it did in the film.

M34 White Phosphorous grenade
Max brandishes an M34 white phosphorus grenade and threatens to blow his own head off after pulling the pin.

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