Downsizing is a satirical movie about consumerism, the underclass, looking out for one another, ecological disaster and even cults.
After a Norwegian scientist Dr Jorgen Asbjornsen invents a process to shrink humans down to five inches. People take up the idea this radical idea. It is good for the environment, little people and little animals need less resources and they create less waste.
It is good for the environment. More importantly your $ goes a long long way in a miniaturised society.
Once downsizing has become more popular after a number of years. Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to go for it like a few of their friends.
They figure that once they sell their house and with their savings, they could live a very comfortable life in a palatial home at a small society. After the procedure, Paul finds out that his wife backed out at the last minute. Alone his life goes through a downward spiral in this new environment.
However once he makes friends with party loving neighbour Dusan (Christoph Waltz) his sailor pal Konrad (Udo Kier) he looks at life differently. Especially when he comes across their maid Ngoc Lan Tran, a Vietnamese activist who was forcibly shrunk, injured her leg and who lives in a shanty town. Even in this new society there are the have nots.
Director Alexander Payne took a creative risk with Downsizing. It is less about living in a minituasied society more about the new hidden problems. People who are the underclass. Those that were downsized involuntarily or where the procedure went wrong or just [people who run out of money in their new utopia.
Paul's life does no go according to plan and it takes a left turn thanks to Dusan and then Ngoc. Dusan and Konrad are wise charming spivs who have spotted an opportunity to make money. Waltz and Kier are like a veteran comedy duo.
Ultimately it becomes a story of a growing bond between Paul and Ngoc. She is a busy bee, working, finding food for her little community and helping out people in pain. She is practical and unsentimental.
The trouble with Downsizing is that it is too long and the first half of the movie should had been cut down to size.
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