Patema Inverted

2014

Patema Inverted (2014)

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"Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-like creature and tumbles headlong into a void - and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics, where if she let go she would "fall up" into the sky and be lost forever. Age is a student on this surface world, a totalitarian society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the "sinners who fell into the sky." When he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree, he pulls her down to safety, struggling with all his might to keep her earthbound as she grips on to him for dear life. Together their weights cancel each other out, and once they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces, they set out to evade the leaders of Age's world and discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart." (C) GKIDS

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"Patema Inverted" mines a lot of entertainment value and social allegory from a pretty great concept despite being held back from greatness by a clunky narrative.

Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An orphaned girl and a fatherless boy bridge opposing societies in "Patema Inverted," a delightful animated fable from Yasuhiro Yoshiura.

Aug 28, 2014 | Full Review…

The film by Yasuhiro Yoshiura suffers from many of the same flaws as other anime features - a plodding pace, broad humor, a bland heroine and snarly, one-dimensional villains.

Aug 27, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Yoshiura keeps the story fairly linear, while playing with perspective and composing many stunning, vertiginous images that consider the different possibilities of being at war with gravity.

Aug 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Spirited Away perhaps not, but we're transported to an intriguing world nonetheless.

May 1, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Impressive but not dazzling. Miyazaki would have given the action more thump and Kon might have gone that bit weirder.

Apr 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Patema Inverted

This very inventive, heart warming and exciting sci-fi anime film really brings out some original handling on a familiar premise. Centered around two individuals from two different worlds whose gravity is reversed/inverted, coming to understand each other and authorities willing to fight off their existence. There's a truly genuine sense of anime here with some very real emotions and a truly engaging plot, even with a touch of Philip K Dick. Highly recommended to the most enthusiastic viewers, Madman can you please distribute this film!!!!

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