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.
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
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 »
When Adam is Up-side his hair should be falling upward toward Down Under, like that of anyone being held upside down.
(before he goes up-side he sprays his hair with hairspray to keep it from falling up.) See more »
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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The title appears in its stylized state at the beginning: "UPSIDE NWOD" See more »
Fascinating Visuals Are Let Down By a Particularly Awful Storyline
A French Canadian sci-fi romance that feels more foreign than it actually is. The scoop here is twin worlds, floating side-by-side through the cosmos with inverse gravitational pulls. What's up for one is down for the other and all that jazz; certain mountaintops or skyscrapers venture close enough to actually touch the opposite landscape. A lot of time and effort is sunk into explaining this concept, which seems like wasted effort because not only is it mostly self- evident, but the finer laws (like the idea that matter from one world bursts into flames after an hour on the other) are often broken without consequence as the plot gradually develops. The film's best qualities are undoubtedly visual. A concept like this one will often live or die by how it's visualized on the screen and, despite never completely shaking a major case of disorientation, it's a dazzling, vivid, mesmerizing display that downright demands our attention. It's a real pity those visual heights couldn't find an equally interesting story to partner with, because Upside Down's plot is a real paint-by-numbers stinker. It's shallow, predictable, slow and empty, without a voice of its own. Terribly acted and even more terribly written, with zero chemistry between its star-crossed leads, it's borderline insufferable and often makes for great unintentional comedy. Worth a quick glimpse, but strictly for the visuals - I'd recommend you watch it on mute.
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