Upside Down (2013)
Critic Consensus: In spite of its wonderfully unusual premise and talented cast, Upside Down fails to offer much in the way of compelling drama to anchor its admittedly dazzling visuals.
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Critic Reviews for Upside Down
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.
Audience Reviews for Upside Down
Really interesting premise, which makes for a lot of great visuals. Sadly, the logic behind that premise is lacking and the plot is merely a rehash of the usual Romeo and Juliet tropes. Thanks to that, the film hardly manages to keep our interest through the entire time. Missed opportunities all around.
It has dazzling visuals (despite the director's obsession with lens flares and a CGI that looks a bit artificial) and an idea that is pretty original and intriguing, but it suffers from some glaring lack of internal plausibility and a naive ending that is too silly in its romantic optimism.
The premise is good and the sci-fi element of it is interesting, too bad the romance doesn't really deliver.
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