Upside Down (2013)
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Ever since Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions-he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when
Mar 15, 2013 Limited
Jun 18, 2013
Millenium Entertainment - Official Site
Soon enough the worlds of Up Top and Down Below feel like distractions, CGI Potemkin villages.
A Romeo and Juliet story for the age of CGI overkill, Upside Down zigs where it should zag and dulls where it should dazzle.
Absent any emotional grounding, the film is a gorgeous, sterile construction, like a dream city unoccupied by humans.
Simply put, this is one of the craziest films to come along in a while and I can confidently say that anyone who sees it will either hail it is some kind of crackpot masterpiece or dismiss it as one of the silliest damn things they've ever seen.
It doesn't really develop its story, or its themes. It doesn't truly draw out its characters. It evokes no serious emotions. It has - in the end - no gravity.
"Upside Down" is such a gorgeous wreck that I could almost sense Terry Gilliam somewhere muttering, "Wait a minute, I should have been the one to screw up this idea."
A movie that will surely wow audiences with its awesome visuals but floor them with its terrible storytelling.
Dunst, a veteran of the famous upside-down Spider-Man kiss, may be used to this, but viewers of the fantasy romance Upside Down may have the dizzy feeling of blood rushing to their heads. What is going on here and, furthermore, why?
There is little consistency. As a creator, you cannot tell us one thing and have characters do another without consequence. Upside Down is plagued with those problems, at least in small ways. It is frustrating for the viewer.
What begins as a grand concept full of unusual possibilities quickly succumbs to a frustrating mixture of pretentiousness and torpor in this threadbare narrative that unfolds in perpetual pursuit of memorable images over narrative sense.
The eye-rolling script is heavy-handed and emotionally distant, sort of like its intergalactic setting.
Riddled with cliches and eye-rollers, Upside Down is more down than upside.
What if I told you that the film also includes scenes of upward urination and consumption of flying pink pancakes? Now will you help it break the $30,000 [box office] mark?
A stunning visual experience spoiled by a trainwreck of a screenplay...certainly something to see, but difficult to sit through.
Upside Down falls into that old trap of overwhelming us with spectacle before we spot the emptiness beneath.
Worth a look if only for the Caspar David Friedrich-inspired imagery and shots of Timothy Spall's teeth.
Writer-director Juan Solanas is a better photographer than writer or director.
Director Juan Solanas has produced such an immense cinematic vision that the flaws ultimately don't matter.
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