Upside Down, a new romantic movie starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess will be showing in theaters on Friday, March 15 2013. Directed by Juan Solanas, this new sci-fi film is about Adam (Sturgess) and Eden (Dunst) who fell in love when they were young despite the strange facts that they live on twinned worlds that are pulled in opposite directions. After a decade of being separated, Adam goes on a dangerous journey of love that will bring him closer to Eden despite the perilous consequences of their actions. Check the movie review below to see if Upside Down made it to the top.
“The Good and Bad In The Movie Upside Down
In Juan Solanas’ fantasy romance “Upside Down,” twin planets exist with opposite gravities and social restrictions of Dickensian thematic heft. “Up Top” boasts gleaming skyscrapers, well-dressed citizens, and the majority of wealth, while “Down Below” struggles in poverty and mud-stained existence. Between the two, Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) live out their own interstellar “Romeo and Juliet,” torn apart by family as well as physics. If a smirk emerged from hearing any of these names or locations, it will remain over the course of Solanas’ indulgent swirl of symbolism; but that doesn’t mean there aren’t moments of visual splendor and escapist fun to temporarily break up the expression.
For a sci-fi film, its overall success can be traced back to its first five minutes, and if its world’s internal logic and stakes are effectively and firmly established. Usually, an opening news broadcast attempts to layer entertainment over exposition. Solanas, with his claim to two different planets, instead just has Sturgess directly deliver what we need to know via breathy narration. The choice marks a worrying trend: a skip over subtlety for clunky exposition, and a mechanical fascination with the narrative’s minor changes to the genre.
Through Sturgess’ helpful explanation, we learn the full set of rules that govern Adam and Eden’s worlds: All matter is bound to the gravity of the world from which it comes, that same matter becomes anti-matter once it crosses atmospheres, and after a certain time period, that anti-matter will burn up. They first come into play as we’re introduced to the couple as children, when they meet atop a towering mountain peak on their respective planets — Adam from Down Below, Eden from Up Top.
Quickly falling in love into adulthood, they continue to meet in private and make out in mid-gravitational hover. But when border police discover their location — injuring Adam and sending Eden off a cliff to her presumed death — it isn’t until ten years later that Adam sees the exact image of Eden on TV working at the corporate giant Transworld. With his love interest now miraculously revived, Adam finds a new determination to win her back for good, even if it means swapping atmospheres to do so.
Much of Sturgess’ journey is shot from ground level, as Solanas is obsessed with his low-angle shots revealing the parallel cityscapes splashed across the sky. Like “Another Earth,” the unnerving effect produced by the environment lingers in the background of every scene, but rarely in a necessary way. That motif transfers indoors as well, as Adam lands a desk job at Transworld by pitching an anti-aging cream built from the pollen of pink bees — a phenomenon as unexplained as the numerous quibbles of physics throughout the film’s conceit.”