An Upside Down Mess
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess,
Timothy Spall, Frank Ahearn,
Vincent Messina, Holly
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Millenium Entertainment
Director: Juan Solanas
Executive Producer: Phil Hope, James Skotchdopole
Producer: Claude Leger, Dimitri Rassam,
Aton Soumache, Jonathan
Vanger, Alexis Vonarb
Writer: Juan Solanas
Adam’s story begins when he was a young boy who’d spend time with his aunt on weekends. Adam would climb the nearby mountain that was so high, it could nearly reach the other planet. One day while playing on top of the mountain he sees a girl named Eden on Up, and he introduces himself to her. They develop a friendship that turns into a romantic relationship as they grow older.
Adam figures out a way to pull Eden to Down so they can spend time with each other briefly before her own gravity pulls her back to Up. One day, some soldiers cut their visit short. Adam tries to send Eden back to Up, but he’s shot in the process and drops her. Eden falls back on her planet and takes a blow to her head that will ultimately take her memory away.
Seven years later, Adam works tirelessly to invent something that would break the gravity barrier between planets. One day, he sees Eden on television. Shocked that she’s still alive, Adam is determined to find her, but Adam has no knowledge of Eden’s memory loss. How will he sneak between worlds without guards noticing all the while his own gravity pulling him back to Down.
UPSIDE DOWN has a clever, intriguing concept. The incredible visuals give this fantastical world a sense of awe and wonder. Sadly, this is all it has going for it. The overly narrated story either explains too much or too little about this odd world. Many of the scenes hold little purpose for the overall story and are simply there for visual stimuli. The cast was more than capable of delivering good performances, but the poor script and bad direction held them back.
The movie’s Romantic worldview is mixed with some moral, redemptive aspects of sacrifice, but it ultimately lacks depth. Even though a giant corporation is the bad guy, in the end, the good guys use free market conventions to bring them down. Along with the worldview issues, UPSIDE DOWN also has some light foul language, action violence, and implied sexuality that warrant extreme caution.
UPSIDE DOWN has a clever, intriguing concept. Incredible visuals give this fantastical world a true sense of awe and wonder. Sadly, this is all it has going for it. The overly narrated story either explains too much or too little of this odd world. Many of the scenes hold little purpose for the overall story and are simply there for visual stimulation. The Romantic worldview is mixed with some moral, redemptive aspects of sacrifice, but the movie ultimately lacks depth. Along with the worldview issues, UPDIDE DOWN has some light foul language, action violence and implied sexuality requiring extreme caution.