‘Upside Down’ Movie Review – Planet-Crossed Lovers
If you enjoy high concept sci-fi movies, I would like to turn your attention to the upcoming Upside Down starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess.
In the film, two twinned planets exist one above the other with their gravities pulling in opposite directions. The planet below is filled with poverty while the one above is filled with riches and wealthy people exploiting the world below. And that’s where we meet our protagonist, Adam (Sturgess) from the world below and Eden ( Dunst) from above. The pair meet and fall in love as teens but when interplanetary-border patrol agents catch them interacting, Eden suffers what Adam thinks to be a fatal fall. However, ten years later he finds out that she is still alive and working in a corporation whose headquarters connects their two planets. He decides to get a job there in the hopes of reconnecting with her, but of course it’s easier said than done. Did I mention that forcing an element from one planet onto the other one eventually results in combustion?
Upside Down had me from the start with its concept, however with movies like these the concept is never the problem, it’s the execution. While there are flaws in Upside Down and the concept could have been expanded even more, I really enjoyed myself. The film is at its core a love story with lovers facing obstacles of sci-fi nature and while I would have liked to learn a bit more about the world, it worked for me.
I always enjoy Jim Sturgess’ performances, there is something really vulnerable about him that always makes him perfect for these types of roles and he didn’t disappoint in this one either. His other half, Kristen Dunst also holds her own to create a couple you can root for. I really enjoyed that you could tell from their characters’ looks and demeanors what world they were from. It’s a small thing, but it helps sell the film and its world.
As I mentioned previously, I really enjoyed the film and by the end I actually wished it had gone on for a bit longer and it goes back to what I was saying about the concept. By the end I wanted to know a bit more about the world and its future and felt a bit frustrated that it ended so soon. But I guess that’s also a good thing because it means the world was fascinating enough for me to want more.
So if you’re in the mood for a sci-fi love story featuring planet-crossed lovers, I highly recommend you give Upside Down a chance. While the love story is nothing new, there is plenty to be excited about with the world surrounding them.
Upside Down is out in limited theaters today, March 15th. You can watch the trailer here.