Friday, July 25

Movie Review: Upside Down

Length: 1 hour & 47 mins
Released: 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance, SciFi, & Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Directed By: Juan Diego Solanas

Where I Got It: My shelf (Bought it at Dollar Tree)

Ever since Adam and Eden fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions-he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when interplanetary-border patrol agents catch them and Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when, ten years later, Adam learns she is alive and working at a vast corporation whose towering headquarters connects their planets, he sets out on a dangerous quest to infiltrate the company and the upper world to reconnect with her.


Adam - Jim Sturgress
Eden - Kirsten Dunst
Bob Boruchowitz - Timothy Spall
Albert - Blu Mankuma
Pablo - Nicholas Rose
Lagavullan - James Kidnie
Mr. Hunt - Vlasta Vrana
Becky - Kate Trotter
Paula - Holly O'Brien 

This was a random pick up Boyfriend and I found at the store. It was only a dollar, so we decided to give it a go since we both like Kirsten Dunst and weird/unique movies. 

Oooooh such a good movie. Yes, this is a typical love story but with a HUGE twist - they can not be together. However, the reason is because they live on opposite sides of gravity and social class; the lower side are poor and the higher side are rich. It's so hopeless, especially when Eden loses her memory...but you can't help but cheer for them. 

Poor Adam...I can't say much, but I felt so bad for him. All he wanted was love and family, but the stupid rich made it hard as hell for him. This film does really poke at the idiocy of social class and how it ruins everyone lives in the end....even the upper class themselves. The rich world is very high class and has such great technology, but since they view the lower gravity people as "inferior", so they keep them poor and missing out on the glories of the wealth and technology. It's a sad world and makes you look at the world. 

The visual effects were fantastic and beautiful. I especially loved the two mountains that connects to the two worlds. Wonderful.

The story was fun and you wanted to know what was going to happen. Honestly, I was waiting for everything to explode in Adam's face when he was trying to woo Eden and pretend to be rich and on that side of gravity. Some of the dialogue was a little dry here and there. The acting, though, was pretty good. They had a such a good cast that I am surprised this wasn't more popular. Was this in theaters? I can't even remember the trailers being on TV. Meh, oh well. 

The story was enjoyable, but the ending left me confused and annoyed. I can't say what happens, but the ending just...drops off and doesn't really answer why and how. It's not a terrible way to end it, but I wish they gave more explanation on the how and why. You'll see what I mean if you watch it.

I highly recommend people who like Sci-Fi and Romance with a huge twist in the everyday love story. It was a fun adventure and I'm so glad we randomly found it. The cast is really good and the special effects mind blowingly beautiful. I wish the ending had more explanation on the how and why of what happened. Also, there are a couple dry parts, but in total it is a movie worth watching. Out of five stars, I shall stamp this one with 4 stars. It's more like 3.5 stars, but I rounded since I don't give decimals. 

Re-Watch?: Sure. :) 
Favorite Character(s): Adam, Bob, Becky, and Albert. 
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Mr. Hunt 


Blodeuedd said...

I watched it, it was weird ;)

Carole Rae said...

Weird but good. ;D