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Upside Down Reviews

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September 18, 2016
An unparalleled amount of (binary) world building is undermined by a unifying love story that vacillates between endearing and insufferable, plus a string of plot holes as long as one's arm.

For a non-exhaustive list of SPOILER-HEAVY plot holes, please read on:
How do both planets manage to experience day and night AND remain in a consistent position relative to each other? Does one planet rotate perpendicularly to the sun?
How does the bee pollen work? How does something from one world affect the gravity of another?
If matter in contact with inverse matter regularly combusts, how is the Transworld building held together?
If people from Down Below and Up Top are rarely allowed to communicate, why do elevators in the Transworld building have negative and positive floors?
How did Adam get a job with Transworld between scenes when it was established that jobs at the company were largely given out by lottery?
How exactly did restaurant patrons enjoy drinks of inverse liquid when such a beverage would burn holes through their organs if it weren't excreted quickly enough?
How did Adam regularly manage to pass roughly 330 lbs. of inverse matter through security? At a weight of 165 lbs., in order to be able to move around Up Top, he would have to attach twice his weight in inverse matter to his person, and more importantly, he would have to pass that matter through security. Which means that in order to pass through security at 165 lbs., he would have to attach another 330 lbs. of regular matter to his person. How did a slender fellow like him manage to attach a total of 660 lbs. of matter and inverse matter to the inside of his clothes?
Why would Boruchowitz give a box of his belongings to Adam for safekeeping when it was common knowledge that matter combusts when in contact with inverse matter?
How could an inverse gravity cosmetics line possibly work without creating literal chemical burns?
When Adam crossed to Up Top, did he have any vision problems? Did he see from his perspective, or did his vision reorient itself?
Did Adam find it awkward or even tiring to move his limbs according to inverse gravity? And how did his hair manage to respect the gravity laws of Up Top when he barely put any hairspray in it?
How did Adam not die after falling several hundred feet and plunging into an ocean while escaping from Up Top? And how did he not die after falling several hundred feet and landing in a field? How did he manage to survive both times when Eden fell maybe twenty feet, landed on stone, and cracked her head open?
How was Adam able to stay in Up Top for about twelve hours without bursting into flames?
How did Eden sit in her apartment for several days without noticing the inverse matter flowers resting in a vase on her countertop?
Why were there essentially no real legal consequences to Eden and Adam's escapades on both worlds? Eden's charges are dropped, and Adam is tossed out of a car. Is that really it for punishment, especially considering just how heinous both worlds consider contact with each other?
When Eden was Down Below, how did her hair not stand on its end?
If the matter from the two planets cannot interact for more than a few hours, how did biologically compatible humans evolve on both worlds?
How did Eden get pregnant and not have her uterus explode?
How does getting pregnant with half-inverse babies alter the gravity source that one is affected by?
Which world would Eden and Adam's kids be able to walk on? Would they float?

It's easy to appreciate the director's vision, but the glut of logical fallacies and unanswered questions overshadows the rest of the film.
September 10, 2016
I almost gave up on this during the introduction given how ridiculous the premise is, but I thought I'd have a go at suspending my disbelief. Thing is, if that's going to work they at least need to stick to their own laws of physics that they give such a specific definition of at the start of the film. And even if you do manage to ignore all this, you notice that the love story is just a very basic Pyramus and Thisbe (albeit with a happy ending) and rather basic dialogue. Really the only redeeming quality is the incredibly beautiful visuals.
½ August 31, 2016
Visually breathtaking. Other than that, the whole double gravity concept was fascinating and there were some really striking shots. But where this movie tends to lose its charm is with its cliché romantic storyline and unrealistic moments.
August 19, 2016
This was a sci-fi romance film with some beautiful visuals and good actors.
Not all the ideas make sense but it was very original.
August 17, 2016
visually intriguing...slow but fun
August 10, 2016
Like Prometheus, this is a good scifi with lots of neat ideas to explore, but as a whole feels very incomplete and unsatisfying. A full set of movements should reach about 12, but this seems to stop at 10. There were too many loose ends and pieces of unfinished business -- the boss, Adam's kidnapping, her arrest that magically leads her to being home and safe again, her lack of conflict getting to the other side, not enough trivialization trying to remember and accept him for who he is, the fact that nobody realizes above and below is a mere perception and non reality. It all got left behind. Maybe they ran out of money and put out the best they could get.
½ August 7, 2016
Average movie, the plot quite new, but so non realistic.
½ August 4, 2016
Had a promising concept. wasted it on a Romeo&Juliette love story. not original.
June 28, 2016
Breathtaking visuals & music! A Fun Feel Good Sci Fi Fantasy Love Story! Now on Netflix
½ May 19, 2016
The concept is intriguing, the effects are great, but the ending made me wish I hadn't wasted my time on the movie. If I could change the last five minutes of the movie to anything more believable this would probably be one of my favorite movies.
May 13, 2016
I have to disagree with the consensus. The story was good and the director paid good attention to making the detail believable. Thoroughly enjoyed this film, and the color work was phenomenal.
April 27, 2016
Great movie if you're looking for with a sci-fi theme geared more towards the romance. Fantastic visuals and interesting premise helped to keep my eyes on the screen, the romance is cliché, but the interesting story of their worlds keeps it from getting boring.
April 3, 2016
Visually stunning and conceptually compelling, this ambitious sci-fi drama nevertheless slips a lot with basic physics and is hampered by class-A flat-and-cheesy romance.
½ March 21, 2016
Get ready for an opening sequence of ten minutes worth of exposition, none of which you'll care about.

The film is more or less an excuse to be an after effects show off. And it gets old fast.

Not much good can be said.
½ March 19, 2016
Interesting situation about two world close together with different gravity. Things t HD t belong to one world is attracted or falls to that world and visa versa. Two gall is love against laws.
Super Reviewer
½ January 30, 2016
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.
December 29, 2015
An interesting movie and if the logic wasn't drivel and the CGI was toned down a fraction, it be half decent too.
½ December 13, 2015
Good example of what happens when the idea for a movie turns out just to be gimmick that gets overused. Could have been an interesting sci-fi movie, but turns out to be a waste of time.
December 6, 2015
It's the Montagues and Capulets on a much larger scale. It's the big-enders and the small-enders. It's England versus Ireland and Scotland and all the inherent socio-economic class struggle therein. Throw in a little Inception visual skewing and you've got yourself Upside Down. And let's not miss out on the Adam and Eden reference, a bringing about of a new world order via, you guessed it, love. Yes, apparently love can conquer all. But here the lovers have an additional element to overcome: physics. And if you've got a problem with the physics of the film, lighten up. Nine out of ten sci-fi films have issues. Keep in mind that it's fictional entertainment. No one's trying to create a world perfectly fit to reality. Let it go. Upside Down has enough going for it to keep most engaged and entertained. It's a love story or love that is to set the world right side up in the end, at least politically and socially. It's a well crafted film that is entertaining with a believable connection between Sturgess and Dunst. Bottom line, it veers from the majority of films that use a few plot lines over and over again. And if you don't like a little cinematic implausibility or the romantic, even overly romantic, go read a science journal and stop wasting our time with your pointless critiques.
½ December 6, 2015
This is a romantic and entertaining movie.
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