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Upside Down (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 1 May 2013 (France)
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Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.

Director:

Juan Solanas

Writers:

Juan Solanas (screenplay), Juan Solanas (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Sturgess ... Adam
Kirsten Dunst ... Eden
Timothy Spall ... Bob Boruchowitz
Blu Mankuma ... Albert
Nicholas Rose Nicholas Rose ... Pablo
James Kidnie ... Lagavullan
Vlasta Vrana ... Mr. Hunt
Kate Trotter ... Becky
Holly Uloth Holly Uloth ... Paula (as Holly O'Brien)
Elliott Larson Elliott Larson ... Adam 12 Years Old
Maurane Arcand Maurane Arcand ... Eden 10 Years Old
Janine Theriault Janine Theriault ... Miss Maguire
Vincent Messina Vincent Messina ... Tommy
Cole K. Mickenzie Cole K. Mickenzie ... Pato
Paul Ahmarani ... Mr. Tenet
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Storyline

Adam is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he loved once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach... a girl named Eden. Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love. But when he catches a glimpse of grownup Eden on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back... Not even the law or science! Written by Onyx Films

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Taglines:

Look up, Look Down, Look for love See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Al revés See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,722, 17 March 2013

Gross USA:

$102,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,186,956
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

For the Floor Zero scenes, Production Designer Alex McDowell's team built two sets, which sat side-by-side, as if the screen had been sliced down the middle and folded open. When characters between the two worlds interact, the "down" scene takes place on one set and the "up" scenes takes place on the other, simultaneously. See more »

Goofs

If both worlds are rotating on an axis, the cities, one above the other, would need to be at a pole to always align. Typically, planetary poles are extremely cold and nearly uninhabitable. And if the worlds don't rotate, this presents other problems, most notably with tides, weather patterns, etc. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Adam: The universe, so full of wonders. I could spend hours and hours looking up at the sky. So many stars, so many mysteries. And there's one very special star that makes me think of one very special person. Now let me tell you my story.
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Crazy Credits

The title appears in its stylized state at the beginning: "UPSIDE NWOD" See more »

Connections

References The Man Without a Head (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

EL ULTIMO CAFÉ
Written by Roberto Goyeneche
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7 February 2013 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

Upside Down creates a fascinating universe beyond our imagination. It is so amazing, it could have been something groundbreaking. The story is a romance that is suppose to defy gravity. It starts with a great promise and many imaginative ideas were featured. Unfortunately, the journey suffers incoherence and leaves several unsettled details. It tries to tell a deeper meaning about love but none of it worked because of its terribly underdeveloped plot and awful romance. It could have at least given some sense to their love but it doesn't provide much exploration to their relationship. The visuals are undeniably breathtaking but the plot gets the opposite which results a story that fails to be compelling.

The idea is wonderful. Who could imagine a world like that? It may be scientifically unbelievable but it doesn't matter. As long as it has a substantial story. Sadly, that story is unable to achieve its message. Even if it's quite gripping, the film calls for something better. The central plot is about a man who risks everything to get his love back. The first and second act really shows a lot of intrigue to the premise but falters when it goes through the rest. The biggest problem is probably the romance. It is poorly portrayed. It's hard to understand why do they love each other. Yeah, they had a childhood together and they are good looking but what else? That's almost the only thing we knew about them because every time when it stumbles to their relationship, it becomes a montage of inaudible chatter thus never really get to know them more. Even the talents couldn't save their love. Jim Sturgess is always charming as a lover boy. He gets a lot of things to do in most vital parts but only did little to the romance. Same goes to Kristen Dunst, except she is mostly underused. In other cast, Timothy Spall appears as an older version of cliché best friend roles in romantic comedies.

It also leaves some unanswered questions in the end but that ending chooses forget almost everything from those questions. Despite of the story's inconsistency, the visuals are the landmark here. It is a brilliantly designed world that can be both trippy and fascinating. Mashing several styles like steampunk and typical futuristic details. Much magnificent is when it take turns between the aspects of the two worlds. There are two sequences that can be goosebumps worthy. These portraits are so gorgeous, it is best to see in cinema. It would still be worth watching if you're one of those people who doesn't care about the story even if its flaws are inevitable, but it still deserves something better.

Upside Down is visually breathtaking but it didn't go beyond that. The romance is beyond bland and it spends most of the time doing stuff that achieved so little to the plot. When I said the romance is beyond bland I mean it has no personality, no depth, no meaning. It's pretty vague. This likely proves that even the most stunning visuals cannot bring justice to a problematic story. It's disappointing because it wastes the potential of the visuals and the first half. Instead of being compelling, it rather shows how beautiful the two's relationship is with a grand scale universe in the background. Aside of the love story, the context between the two worlds are intriguing but there is nothing else about it besides of what it was explained which it isn't enough. It still has its merits. In a nutshell, the film itself is like the two worlds. The visuals are on the top, and the rest are on the bottom. Make sense?


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