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Movie making usually cannot avoid artistic expression, even if it is a
re-creation of a true story. In this case, the expression of this movie
with its inherent symbolism had me interested from the beginning, even
from its title.
Adam and Eden; isn't it interesting? Eden lives in a world referred to in the film, at least once, as 'Paradise'. Adam is her true love, known to her, to each other, from their beginnings of knowledge of feelings. His world is desolate without her, lacking beauty and light. In her world, she has lost her memory of her childhood, untainted by the logic that says she can't love Adam. In her words, 'something feels like its missing'.
Love, even when mirrored, righteous and genuine, is still a struggle. Against obstacles created by the world we live in; practical, impractical, perceived, interference of others, etc., we overcome them by the perseverance of the passion of our hearts, our souls - our essence of life.
In the end, Adam says their love 'altered the course of history'. They turned an upside down world right side up. They bridged a gap between people that was only created by the ignorance of their perception that class distinction was the element that separated the deserving from the undeserving, the higher self from the lower self. In reality, all are one, perfected and connected by love. We desire the same thing, we are bound by the same origins of existence. Our outside differences do not define who we are, but that place where love was borne out of existence, where we feel inspiration beyond logic and all else that our understanding says should or should not be, defines us. It unites us, makes us one. With that, we can see and find our commonalities. We overcome what pulls us apart and see that changing our perception, changes our beliefs. That, changes everything else.
A world without love, without recognition of our common existence, denies us of the true meaning of that existence, of our greatest experiences, of the things we have to offer each other, of what we can make the world be.
Without it, the world is upside down.
This movie uses a very interesting science fiction premise that is lost
on most, judging based on the reviews. In short, it's a Romeo and
Juliet story based on two tidally locked, geosynchronously orbiting
binary planets, with one planet composed of matter and the other
antimatter. There is no scientific consensus for how matter and
antimatter interact via gravity, but one theory is that they repel,
which is what the movie presumes. The orbital dynamics are sketchy
(likely would require a binary star to push the planets together), but
the "three laws of inverse gravity" succinctly summarize the net
effects as perceived by our protagonists. A) The net force of gravity
is in opposite directions for matter/antimatter, B) is a corollary of
A, and C) matter/antimatter annihilate each other when they come into
contact. C isn't explosive like how most action-oriented sci-fi
portrays, and the gradual heating/burning process is actually somewhat
realistic. Obviously the writers did their homework first, which is
The medical side of the movie that drove the plot isn't nearly as realistic, but used standard movie rules. Beyond that, I thought the plot was entertaining enough. There wasn't as much new ground with the human dynamics, but it's a sci fi/fantasy film with good special effects. The premise kept me pondering while I got to admire some beautiful scenes, with a feel-good plot happening in the background.
This is a great love story that doesn't try to make perfect sense of an
unreal phenomenon - why bother with that when it's the love that makes
The writing is quaint and easy to digest - it's like an old soul, but modern at the same time. This is translated perfectly in the way the visuals were executed - it's not an effects marvel, but more importantly it's just a genuine pleasure to watch
Kirsten is beautiful and totally believable - her emotions flow effortlessly into her character and onto the screen. And Jim Sturgess plays the love swept dreamer equally well
I just think it's refreshing to see a film go back to the roots of story telling, so we can all just relax and enjoy a great movie that leaves some welcome room for our own imaginations
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So I just finished watching Upside Down for the second time and I gotta
say, brilliant movie.
The storyline and concept is exceptional. One world being poverty stricken and "Imprisoned" and the other world leading a complete opposite quality style of living and at the same time, opposite gravity really added valuable insight and scientific excellence.
I have to mention that this topic is so original it could even be sequeled into a more epidemical movie with less "Power of love" branding Upside Down so obviously displays. Sure, seeing Kirsten Dunst fall in love with an adventurous orphan boy scientist who is desperate for the forbidden heart is fun and all. But I would like to see some more War of the Worlds action. Two worlds clash, nuclear war breaks out. Some continental and universal changes take place. Then eventually both worlds come to live in harmony.
Also I didn't really get the ending. How did the fact that Kirsten Dunst falling pregnant with twins allow her to stay at the bottom world? What would happen after she gives birth? Does she fall back up into the above world and take one of the babies with her? It's not like her genetics magically changed. And how does that manage to impact the two worlds into accepting each other at the end? It's all a bit half done with the conclusion. Felt almost like the production ran short on time and they had to rush through it. In my opinion; they should have spent less time trying to emphasize the obvious lack of chemistry between the two main characters and more time explaining what is actually going on between the two worlds and the scientific breakthrough the pink powder actually makes.
The graphics department gets a round of applause. The part where he climbs the tree on top of the mountain and catches the inverse rain while the clouds from both worlds collide ferociously around him. Fantastic!
To round it up; I give Upside Down 8 out of 10. It's not every day you come across a movie with such an original concept. I was excited from the start when the topic was unfolded in the narration. Gave me the positive energy to watch on. Perfect beginning, not so perfect ending. But still a dynamic and spirited film that I very much enjoyed.
This a story with many difficulties. Imagine you had a first love you
could never forget, living in a world you never are to visit, both out
of physical and almost all other reasons. A tale of impossible love for
you to work in as a life project.
First if all; To be able to take this is, you've got to have an open mind. Argentinian director Juan Solanas is said to have had the idea to this sci-fi love story in a dream. More likely a beautiful fable with sci-fi as a main idea. About impossible love relation, which inspires your mind to think differently. At least if it succeeds in what it's trying to do.
Upside down came as a surprise to me, as a well hidden gem. Because I had never heard if it before. And I'm usually quite informed when it comes to film releases. I love those kind of surprises
The film is happening in a world not to unlike ours, but it's about two worlds so close to each other that the skyline us a different world. Two worlds with both their own equally balanced gravities. Only connected through Transworld, the two worlds are like the poor undeveloped South and the prosperous and rich North, like we have in our own world today. A quite different universe, different from anything you've seen, but still giving you many great associations to our own concerns and problems.
It reminded me of the former East and West Germany, which I got to experience before the wall came down.The run down, bleach communist state under heavy surveillance, and the bright light and almost fluorescent free world, with lots of opportunities and with a prosperous future.
It's all done with beautiful scenes made from CGI. Imaginative, pretty, strange and a bit disturbing. I'm fascinated by the idea, which What makes this film work is mostly dud to the absolutely charming couple Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst.
The fascinating story is encountering a few problems, but it's easy to overlook until it all are too much, concerning the pink powder. From the story loses it's grip on me. Still I think it's an exciting and interesting watch. So n the bed he story seems a bit underdeveloped, ruining what's been built up. Also it's not very suitable with the narrative voice n the beginning. It's forced.
Is there any other films like this? No, not really, but if you enjoyed this, I would recommend these titles:
1) "The bothersome man" when it comes to experience a travel to another world where you don't fit in.
2) "Cloud Atlas" when it comes to the complexity of a fairy tale.
3) "The fifth element" when it comes to the spectacular city surroundings.
4) "1984" when it comes to an illegal love affair in a world of surveillance. world.
5) "The Fountain" when it comes to the fable of it all.
6) "Mr. Nobody" when it comes to the impossible decisions concerning love.
7) "Code 46" when it comes to illegal relations in a future world.
8) "Blade Runner" when it comes to a gloomy, rainy future world.
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There is a film floating around the net called "Upside Down" which was filmed in Canada by some sort of foreign consortium and then held back, even though it was supposed to be released in 2011/2012. It is extraordinary. Some call it an "existentialist love story," which was a bit confusing at first since I did not realize that there is actually a class of films called "existentialist" but if you check the IMDb, there is. And, this is amazing, there are actually "lists" of the best "existentialist" films ever made, and they include titles like the Matrix...! Also confusing because, if you think about it, every love story ever written or filmed has existentialist underpinnings, so upon reflection I think calling this particular film "existentialist" is a red herring. So back to Upside Down. It is extraordinary, The concept is unique, something that cannot be said of 99.9% of the scripts today, and the cinematography is both breath-taking and haunting. It also comes close to being one of the greatest love stories of all time, and here it is the "almost" that is telling ... now in my view, the greatest love story ever filmed is HERE COMES MR. JORDAN (the original, not the two remakes). There is a particular scene that takes place during a temporary power outage which is literally unforgettable, if you have ever seen the film. And if you have not, you should. The scene is less than two minutes in total but movie-goers who saw the film 70 years ago (!) can discuss that specific scene with you as if it were yesterday. It is literally burned into their memory. Not a claim many movies can make today. Which brings us back to Upside Down, a classic case of "almost" film-making. For the first hour of this picture, you have a unique one-of--a-kind movie that is on par with the best of the best ever made. It meets or exceeds all known standards for original script, original story, original cinematography, etc. And, then, about 70 minutes in, it is as if the producer either ran out of money, or the writer ran out of coffee. Or both. And morphs not only into one of the most disappointing endings I have ever seen but -- an odd form of hubris -- the voice-over first-person narration actually apologizes to the viewer for this in plain English, saying, I am not making this up, that "what happens next is a story for another time," ...I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that to recommend a movie where we know in advance that the last 20 minutes sucks, the first 70 minutes would have to be extra-ordinary to compensate....? And that is the point. They are. Amazing film. Highly recommended. A must-see.
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This is definitely a "think outside the box" movie. I genuinely
appreciate the unique idea this writer has come up with for a story! I
never in a million years would have come up with that. If you are into
science-fiction, you will have an appreciation for this movie, even if
you aren't into romantics.
The romantic side of the movie was your classic forbidden love story, but with a major twist: they couldn't be together because they would always be gravitating toward their own worlds.
One thing I wish they would have expanded on is HOW the top world got to be the wealthy "on top" world (no pun intended). I know they reveal that they have the oil rig, but personally, I would have appreciated a little more back story on that topic.
I wish they would make a second one, giving more back story as well as explaining why specifically she can stay on his world. I mean, I understand the whole thing about the babies, but does that mean she can go between BOTH worlds at will, or just his? It would make sense that she goes between both worlds because the babies are just as much from her world as his. And does it go away after they are born? Anyway, just my thoughts on the matter.
Adam lives in a world that is quite literally upside down - or right
side up depending on how you're looking at it. A more accurate way to
put it, perhaps, is to say that he lives in a "lower" world, while a
"higher" world - which looks much like his world, only upside down -
hangs above his head at all times. And if you're having a hard time
envisioning what it is I'm describing, then I guess you'll just have to
watch "Upside Down" for yourself to get the full picture. And what a
picture it makes, as Adam falls in forbidden love with a girl from this
reverse-gravity place, a land where all the wealthy people live and
which is run by an all-powerful vulture corporation that literally
looks down on the people below and runs their lives as much as possible
- making this perhaps the farthest-out take on "Romeo and Juliet" ever
put on film.
Adam decides to go to work for the TransWorld Corporation when he finds out that his Juliet, known as Eden, works there. The problem he has in getting together with her is twofold: 1) she is suffering from amnesia as a result of an accident and no longer remembers him, and 2) it is virtually impossible for anyone from the bottom world to cross over to the top one without being detected and summarily punished for the violation. Bob has also invented an anti-wrinkle cream based on the principles of anti-gravity that he hopes to market to the world above. But his main reason for being there is to reconnect with the woman he loves (and don't think the two characters don't wind up living up to their allegorical names in the end).
Written and directed by Juan Solanis, the French/Canadian "Upside Down" is one of those rare science fiction films that actually expands the limits of one's imagination. Overflowing with you-really-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it art direction and visual effects, "Upside Down" takes us to a place we've never been to before and will likely never see again. It's simply that unique and visionary.
Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Duntz are utterly winning, charming and engaging as the couple caught between two opposing gravitational forces, and Timothy Spall is equally fine as Adam's co-worker from the upper world who befriends this starry-eyed newbie from below. And even amidst all the dystopic "Brave New World"/"1984"/"Fahrenhiet 451" - style tropes and trappings, Solanis has managed to create one of the most thoroughly captivating love stories we've encountered in quite some time.
A movie not to be missed, and, when once seen, never to be forgotten!
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This is a fairy tale of love, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks
with a girl from the wealthy neighborhood. The unique setting is what
makes this one different from all the rest.
It is a special world, where two planets almost touch each other, but go around their sun together. To make this work the author had to create a special set of rules, gravity from each world only had a pull on things from that world. So, if two people of exactly the same weight from each world managed to grab hold of each other, the gravity pulls would cancel and they would float in the space between. There is a cool scene where this actually happens.
The worlds seem to be about a few thousand feet apart, and the evil corporate giant is called Transworld, with oil wells on the poorer, lower planet, used to make electricity. They have built a large building which connects the two worlds, the middle is floor Zero, with negative numbers for floors towards the lower world and positive numbers for the floors towards the upper world. People from both worlds work there, but when they are in a common room one is upside down relative to the other.
When they were kids, Eden from the upper world and Adam from the lower world spotted each other when both were at very high mountain precipices. They visited often and as young adults Adam was able to throw a rope to Eden, and pull her down to his world, something that was strictly unlawful. They get caught, Eden has a fall, and grows up with partial amnesia. She forgets about Adam.
Kirsten Dunst is the young adult Eden, working for Transworld in the big building, and Jim Sturgess is young adult Adam, scratching to make ends meet in the lower world. They do have a common communications system and one day he spots her on TV, and is determined to reconnect with her. He has a whole host of issues to overcome to do so, but he is persistent. He has inherited an anti-aging formula from his aunt, and gets the attention of Transworld to hire him to develop his product.
The other key character is Timothy Spall as Bob Boruchowitz, a 31-year veteran with Transworld, who ends up helping Adam and Eden find ways to be able to meet.
This is not a movie to be analyzed too closely, to try to see if all the scientific conditions hold up. Because they don't, they can't. But that isn't important, any more than it is important to understand how Superman can fly or Jack's magic beans can grow into a giant beanstalk so quickly. The story is not about that, it is about two "soul mates" trying to find a way to be together.
I was able to see this on Netflix streaming movies, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus the visuals are great and inventive. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a different and entertaining movie.
Jan 2014 edit: I just saw it on Blu-Ray and what a difference! Great picture and great surround sound.
Upside Down is a romance between two people of opposite worlds in a
The good. The details imbued in each world and the creative imagination behind the universe. The photography is spectacular. The story is captivating, and you get a sense of wonder throughout the film. Good score. Well built scenario.
The actors. Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess effortlessly carry us on their romance, and Timothy Spall is excellent as the lovable easy going partner in crime.
The bad. The tone of the voice-over. It aimed for fairy tale, but we got sweet and sticky. Beyond the suspension of disbelief needed to assimilate the existence these planets, we're subjected to many logical flaws during the course of the film. Nothing outrageous, but enough to be a distraction from time to time.
The ugly. Trying and failing to give a logical reason for the existence of these worlds, as if it could scientifically exist. It was done at the onset in a few word, and it just didn't make sense.
The result. A great escape from our mundane world to be seen on a large screen.
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