Sunday, July 7, 2013

Now at Netflix Instant: Upside Down (2013)

Upside Down movie poster Kirsten Dunst
Upside Down (2013) - Written and Directed by Juan Solanas; Starring Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall.

By Kenny Howell

I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that a movie called Upside Down would have plenty of shots where the characters are upside down.

That is one of several problems from the sci-fi movie starring Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Dunst (On the Road).

There is a dual world where gravity pulls it in two separate directions. Besides that being very silly science that makes no sense, that means there are two different societies, and of course, since this is sci-fi, one is super rich and one is poor. Sturgess plays Adam, who lives in the poorer world, and thanks to a mountain that must be super easy to climb, he meets Eden, who is also good at climbing mountains. Those names are correct. Sturgess plays Adam, which is an obvious metaphor, and Dunst plays Eden, which means she's a garden?

Adam has some special cream that gets rid of wrinkles, so he uses as that as a way to get close back to Eden, who he saw on the television. But he can't because he is from the poor world, and she isn't. And for some reason, the gravity on this dual world pulls you back to where you are from. So gravity works as long as you are not from somewhere else, then it doesn't work.

In addition to the stupid science and rules, the movie is bookended by terrible narration by Sturgess. The first part of the movie is like watching a science lecture by a English teacher, as Sturgess explains the worlds. It goes on way too long, and it lost me before the movie even started.

The only saving grace of the movie is a few cool special effects where the upside down worlds meet. But that is even bogged down because some characters are upside down in those scenes.

Upside Down is now streaming on Netflix Instant.

Rating: 1/2 a star

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