This was a great edit. I always felt Elysium would work better as more post-disaster sci-fi instead of a political allegory.
I really wish the opening text was changed. It makes more sense to be so far in the future that no one knows what year it is and no one can replicate advanced technology. People live and die controlled by automated systems who's original creators are all dead, much like Battle Angel Alita.
The ending still feels a little abrupt but not sure if it is fixable; taking out flashbacks and savior robots going to earth was a good change.