Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Upside Down

Release Date:  March 15, 2013
Running Time: 100 minutes
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall
Who to see it with: Someone who likes sappy romantic movies or beautiful movies


Upside Down is set in a world where there are two planets next to each other.  Each planet has it's own gravity and objects from one world are only affected by that world's gravity (don't think too hard about the physics issues involved there).  This unusual premise leads to some amazing visuals and some corny plot.  The visuals in this movie are simply beautiful.  The two worlds motif leads to some awesome scenes where the worlds interact.  This also allows for some really cool interactions where gravity is affecting objects differently in a scene.  These visuals and interesting premise are counteracted by some truly cheesy dialog and plot twists.  The movie goes out of its way to make things work out for the better, usually without much explanation or with giant leaps of faith.  The acting is good and I really liked the characters (especially Tomothy Spall as one of the coworkers).  But overall, the visuals aren't enough to make this a must see. 

Rent it.

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