Upside Down Reviews
warning - may cause dizziness
Saw this on 17/5/15
Upside Down has an original and extremely interesting premise which although is not scientifically practical, is compensated by it's extremely beautiful VFX. It is good for it's first one hour, but towards the end, it rushes off without giving much considerations to it's story. The worst pain is that the makers try to overshadow the incredible sci-fi premise with a mundane love story and in the end it fails because it lacks ambition, much like the similar film In Time. The acting is good and so are the special effects. The ending is bad and the audience would most likely feel deceived.
Upside Down tells a pretty straight forward love story a la classic Shakespearian tale with a scifi gimmic of two planets so close to each other they almost touch, acting as the setting. With this in mind, you have to allow for fantastical elements. You are ok with complete disregard for the laws of physics and the bizarre socio political aspects of these two worlds despite neither aspect of the film making actual sense.
BUT... a film must obide by it's own rules. If you introduce rules to the story they must be maintained throughout the film and not simply when it's most convenient.
This film is so full of plot holes and continuity errors that it really makes it hard to follow along.
And on that note, let me say that watching a film where half the movie is upside down can be hard to watch. I can honestly say that the film left me with a little bit of a headache from all the disorientating visuals.
That being said, the visuals were decently pretty if not the most realistic at times so the film does have that going for it.
Upside Down had potential to be a great version of Romeo & Juliet for a new age but the story fails on so many levels that it is more a mockery of a classic tale rather than a homage.