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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

If you're going to come up with stupid laws, obey them

1/10
Author: nytyme from United States
29 September 2013

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This is a truly terrible movie.

Eye candy is not saving grace of a movie, it is icing, but only when there is a cake.

Within the first 5 minute of the movie, you are treated to a terrible voice over explaining the THREE laws of the universe.

Then, it is immediately violated with no consequence.

The man eats a fruit from the other world, which will remain in his system for hours... which means it'll burst into flames and kill him.

I could accept their kissing for a little bit, but the hours they're implied to be together, Kirstin would burst into flames for being against the rock and in contact with inverse matter.

The trailer seemed like this would be an interesting prospect, but the movie failed in every aspect.

Why don't they just do away with the pretense and admit it is another lazy "star crossed lovers" tale?

There is no conflict as there is no consequence to them touching.

People will say you are being too critical, but there is no excuse for laziness of this level. Even a soap opera wouldn't stoop this low.

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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Absolute Rubbish.

1/10
Author: gifted-storm221 from United States
16 June 2013

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The basic idea behind the movie is absolutely fantastic. However, the execution is more than a little lacking. The premise of the movie is that matter originating from one world is only attracted by the gravity of the world it comes from; But throughout the movie there are multiple scenarios where matter from one world is quite obviously attracted by the gravity of the opposite world.

For example, the little plane at the beginning of the movie makes it from one world to the other with no problem. Which would be fine if one assumed that items of smaller mass (I.E. Toy planes) were affected less then larger items (I.E. People). Yet a short time later in the movie it is shown that juice from some kind of fruit is obviously, and undeniably, attracted back towards the planet it came from.

Another glaringly obvious flaw in the movie comes into play in the movies rule that matter from one world will spontaneously combust if left in contact with matter from the opposite world for more then a few hours; yet they magically have a building connecting the two worlds, for an undetermined amount of time, without it bursting into flames.

And so in summary, as I said before, the premise of the movie is absolutely fantastic. I truly would have loved to enjoy the movie. And I can overlook a lot of minor flaws in a good movie. But nothing ruins a good movie more then when the movie can't even follow it's own set rules. And as such I would most definitely not recommend renting, much less purchasing, this absolutely subpar film.

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Upside Down: It Made Me Want To Upchuck

1/10
Author: Ck dexterhaven from United States
17 August 2013

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In a distant galaxy, the inhabitants of two planets with opposite gravitational pull have distinctly different outlooks on life. The residents of the upper planet take the natural resources from the lower planet including oil, and live a life of splendor, while those in the lower planet live a life of squalor. As kids, Adam (Jim Sturgess) from the lower world meets Eden (Kirsten Dunst) from the upper world. People from the lower world are not supposed to associate with people from the upper world. As time goes on, the authorities in the upper world find out about Adam, and chase him back to the lower world. In the dispute, Eden gets shot and suffers from amnesia.

When Adam sees Eden on television, he hatches a plan to get a job in the upper world's biggest corporation named Transworld. Adam has an idea to make a homemade facelift cream from pink bee pollen for the rich old ladies of the upper world. Transworld loves the idea, Adam meets Eden, but she has amnesia. Does she eventually remember her childhood sweetheart? What happens when the authorities from the upper world find out that Adam is back?

When the voice over narration begins on this movie, so does the cringing. The science fiction doesn't work at all. There seem to be humans on both of these planets, who have evolved in the very same way as humans on earth, not only that, there are trees, and horses, and guns and television, and not a word about how this parallel universe came into being. As if that isn't bad enough, we humans still use oil, and still have ruthless corporations. I thought Avatar's use of politics was heavy handed, Upside Down is worse. Yes, it's more of the 1% against the 99%. This theme can be artfully done, like the Dark Knight Rises, or it can be poorly done like Upside Down. Upside Down was also obviously trying to get in on the Twilight Sci-fi Romance genre bending popularity and failing miserably. Pattinson is a Brit, Kristen Stewart is an American, put an American girl with a British guy in a sappy love story and watch the money roll in. Not so fast.

Kirsten Dunst's career hasn't moved since she played Mary Jane Watson in 2007 in Spider Man 3. This is the exact same character she played in the Spider Man series, not an iota of difference. And Jim Sturgess' struggles with an American accent make Pattinson look like Laurence Olivier. They are both too old to be in a teen romance. Sturgess is 35, and Dunst is 31, which teenager is going to see these old fogies fall in love with one another? From how quickly this went to DVD, not many people watched at all.

A 6.3 on IMDb? Really? If you're as disappointed by that score as I am, visit my blog reviewswithatude.wordpress.com. You'll be glad you did.

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Beautiful visuals but lacks substance.

1/10
Author: Zim358979 from United States
29 June 2013

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The plot revolves around two planets directly next to each other that somehow do not hit. This is done to attempt to sell a story of haves versus have not's (top versus bottom). The very idea that one planet is actually considered on top of the other is laughable as your perception would be the planet you're not on is actually above you. To be plain this movie was obviously developed around beautiful concept art while giving the plot the back seat. The acting is very hollow especially that of Jim Sturges this is not helped by numerous plot holes. Having the characters maintain the gravity of their own planet is beyond ridiculous. Overall weak story kills Upside Down and takes what could have been an interesting movie down the toilet.

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

No Conflict and therefore No Sympathy in the Plot

1/10
Author: Mort Payne from United States
4 January 2014

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This film makes one of the most common and egregious science fiction errors ever. Its absurd premise carries the entire plot, and though it's an interesting idea, it cannot hold the weight of the entire film. If you can make it past the first ten minutes of a sickeningly maudlin narrator, and if you're not one of those movie watchers who constantly asks, "Wait, how did he . . ?" you may get to the big turning point, when it seems everything has fallen apart for the hero. But, if you've made it this far without having exhausted your supply of suspension of disbelief, you'll be rewarded with the knowledge that his problems will be solved by simply disappearing--or rather, not ever having existed at all. Yes, he could have ignored what he thought were obstacles (and what the filmmakers wanted you to believe, though it didn't make sense, were real obstacles) and just done what he had wanted anyway because that's exactly what he does at the end. When the film reveals that what you, the viewer, had suspected was not really a problem is not really a problem, you would be left wondering if you missed something if you really cared. But you don't care because this is a bad attempt at science fiction/rip off/mashup of the Hunger Games and Romeo and Juliet.

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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

ugh

1/10
Author: vivenoir
7 February 2013

Worst. Movie. Ever. The guidelines insist that I ramble, so... "Upside Down" promised "Romeo and Juliet" cum "Inception" with a dash of "The Matrix" thrown in and it delivers... NONE OF IT! ugh! While as visually beautiful(stunning, actually props to the director of Cinematography), this movie is as hollow as an Easter Egg. So much so as to incite a public review. Please allow me to spare you the time, money and disappointment - go see something else. Rent this next winter when you are snow bound or, sooner if you are housebound -- that way at least you won't be angry about the wasted time. I love you all and hated this movie in equal measure. Cheers!

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23 out of 42 people found the following review useful:

This movie can't be spoiled by a spoiler any worse then it already is.

1/10
Author: mosik-498-149340 from USA
10 October 2012

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One would think that with a seventy two million dollar budget, the producers would be able to hire a physicist adviser. The lack of scientific facts and the utter disregard for physics spoiled any kind of story they were trying to tell the viewer. The ignorance of the main character and his lack of logic in his actions kill the whole love story. The movie shows a lot of situations that make one wonder "how could that possibly happen" or "how would that work" or even "Why would they build something like that". Long and the short of it is that this movie made no sense what's so ever. In my opinion it was written with the hope that the viewer had no sense of logic or knowledge of science at all. I strongly suggest waiting till it comes out on cable. Don't even waste your money on a rental.

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Astronomically dumb

1/10
Author: dvpumas-612-687454
25 February 2013

I will keep it simple.

I love science fiction and I understand that sometimes not everything can be logical. For example, any movies where you can jump through time have problems in the fact that they are not really linear and mistakes are made but this is perfectly fine to me.

Science fiction, in my opinion, can make you dream and believe some unrealistic ideas could be real or at least feasible.

This movie is awful. The plot makes no sense and if you are more than 5 years old, knows that planets aren't flat and that to have a sunrise/sunset they need to rotate in some way then this movie is definitely not for you. And it gets worse but I won't spoil the movie.

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Not worth watching

1/10
Author: Tripmain (reptile@africaonline.co.zw) from Harare, Zimbabwe
7 February 2013

This movie is absolutely not worth watching. Trailer is kinda catchy but the movie itself is ridiculously stupid and the main actor is really annoying. Without wanting to offend anyone, he looks extremely stupid and his acting is extremely bad. Definitely don't recommend watching, you will just waste 2 hours of your life! Story line does not make sense at all. There are stupid attempts at creating dramatic situations which are so short you don't realize what the hell is going on. Main actor's constant stupid decisions and childish attempts to be with his girlfriend after 10 years of not seeing her add up to the whole nonsense. Really, a complete waste of time.

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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Plagiarize With Cheese Storyline

1/10
Author: aero-windwalker from United States
16 February 2013

This movie is a plagiarism of the award-winning short of similar story except it adds on tons of ridiculous cheese elements and found two good looking actors for the main character. The idea of duel gravitation only really works for short movies, not for full length story. It doesn't explain itself from a physic stand point and it doesn't feel romantic because it is simply too long to play the cute idea card - besides because the movie really only use the idea as a plot, not the center piece (which in the short it is a metaphor of relationships - that often bounds two very different persons together), and since the world is so big, too much distractions are involved, questions and conflicts become about life and death, instead of cute and romantic - the drama is too intense, and makes no sense. It turns a cute romantic short film into some big drama that doesn't seem to be necessary at all.

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