Upside Down (2012)

It’s been a while since I last watched a good movie (stupid new TV season [more on this after they all debut]). Anyways I finally got around to watching a movie I wanted to see Upside Down. Upside Down is a film by Juan Diego Solanas an Argentine based in France, who is an up and coming director. It is a cool Science Fiction film that takes place on a twin planetary system which follow three rules all matter is pulled by the gravity of the world that it comes from; an object’s weight can be offset by matter from the opposite world (inverse matter); and after some time in contact, matter in contact with inverse matter burn. The largest corporation Transworld has a building that connects the two planets and employs from both Up and Down. The rich live on Up and the poor live on Down, Up buys the oil from Down relatively and they creates electricity which they sell back to Down at a large price.

It is a cool sci-fi world in which things take place but the story isn’t that special. It’s basically Romeo and Juliet but without the deaths, a boy and girl from opposite worlds fall in love with each other and their respective worlds try to keep them apart, Then it ends with the statement that their act changed the whole worlds forever. This could have been a very interesting movie if they showed this part of the story .  Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess both are convincing as star crossed lovers but the star of the whole movie is Timothy Spall, who plays Bob, a coworker who live on Up.

The visuals were great and it was cool to think about this world but it seems they spent too much time on this one aspect and other elements suffered. If there were to be another movie set in this world I’d go and see it. All in all it is a nice little romance, and a fairly enjoyable science fiction film. Upside Down seems like it might be one of those go to movies that cable networks play all the time in the future, and if I stumbled upon it again I would surely stick around and watch it.


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