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 93R

Sandro (Jose Pablo Cantillo) wields dual 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.

Beretta 93R with wood grips - 9x19mm
Production still.
Sandro loads one of his Berettas before the brain data heist. Note it is secured to the gauntlet on his forearm.
Sandro with his Berettas hanging loose as he preps his computer rig.
A closer shot reveals the Beretta secured to his rig. This one appears to have black factory grips.
Sandro holds his Beretta on Max.
Sandro firing his Berettas. 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 is attached to his forearm.
Sandro's Berettas empty soon after he is hit.

Beretta 92FS

Spyder (Wagner Moura) and his 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.
Two of Spyder's henchmen, on the left, hold their Berettas on Max.

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, what appears to be the 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

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.
Over-the-shoulder shot of Julio's P99.

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 a 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.



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 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.


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, holding his SCAR-L, passes the modified AKM back to Max after clearing a jam.
Julio with the SCAR-L.
Max with the SCAR-L as a droid attempts to strangle Julio.
Max holding the SCAR-L on Carlyle.
A closer shot.

Vektor R5

Manuel (Adrian Holmes) carries a well-worn Vektor R5 assault rifle during the data heist, although he doesn't fire it. He is later seen with the rifle after the Spider'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 rifle is seen as he flees.
Manuel wields the R5 as he escorts Frey and Matilda to a medbay.
Another angle from the same scene.


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

Colt M4 - 5.56x45mm
Colt Model 933 - 5.56x45mm
One of Spyder's men with what looks like an M4 as a shuttle is prepped.
A sentry with what looks like a Colt Model 933 when Julio and Max first visit the hideout.
A henchman with what looks to be an M4 when Max returns to the hideout.
A henchman with another 933, this one with full rails and a sound suppressor.
Another shot of the same gun - note the detachable carrying handle.
The same henchman brandishes his 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
One of Spyder's men armed with a Norinco QBZ-95B.
The fighter with his QBZ-95B.
Spyder's escort covers the rear, just before being attacked by Kruger.


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 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 the 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.
Max aims his ChemRail.
Max with the ChemRail after he meets up with Spyder's team.
A nice close-up of the computerized sights.

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 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.
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 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.


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, shell holder, a doorbreaching muzzle device, and 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 870 Entry Gun with Surefire dedicated fore-end weaponlight - 12 Gauge
Manuel shows Max the Remington 870.
Max examines one of the guided high-explosive 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 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
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.

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.

Carlyle's droid firing the Sky Sweeper.

M203A1 grenade launcher

An M203A1 grenade launcher is custom-fitted to Manuel's M249. Pressing the launcher's trigger with the ammo box still attached to the M249 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
"Die, motherf***er!" Manuel blind-fires his mocked-up FN Minimi SPW at one of Carlyle's security droids during the data heist.

Multiple Launch Rocket System

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

The MLRS preparing to fire.


Taser Pistol

Fictional sci-fi taser pistols are used by Drake (Brandon Auret) and Crowe (Josh Blacker) after the VTOL crash. These tasers appear to fire bolts of electricity rather than the electrode darts used by modern tasers.

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

Taser Carbine

A fictional 'taser carbine' is briefly seen used by a Homeland Defense Force droid when detaining illegal immigrants. Like the taser pistols, it appears to fire bolts of electricity.

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.



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. Max uses a different grenade on Agent Kruger's VTOL, after taking it from one of Spyder's henchmen. 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. Max hijacks Kruger's "Raven" with an M34 "Willie Pete" white phosphorus grenade that would have incinerated the entire flight cabin.

Displayed at San Diego Comic-Con.
A grenade lands under a car after a security droid casually tosses it during the data heist.
Max brandishes an M34 white phosphorus grenade and threatens to blow his own head off.
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.

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