Love stories are a dime a dozen. A guy meets a girl, then loses her, and then ends up getting her back in the end. Or maybe she is his best friend, but he chooses the new girl instead of the old flame. Whatever the case, romance in television and movies is in serious need of a shakeup. Movies like Blue Valentine (2010) and the more recent Silver Linings Playbook (2012) have given the genre a much needed shot in the arm, but can the industry keep it going? In mid-March, Upside Down will try to ride the momentum and bring audiences a unique take on love.
Upside Down is about a man searching for love. Sound familiar? Probably, but what comes next most likely will not. Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) is Adam, a man struggling with the tedium of everyday life. His toil is magnified because deep down, buried in his soul, is the memory of a girl he once loved. The problem is that she lives in another world, far from reality. Is she real, or just a collage of broken pieces formed from the idealities of his subconscious? The ploy sounds a bit like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but how it plays out is anyone’s guess. The film will feed off of Adam’s fight to find her and, if he can overcome the boundaries that separate the two worlds, perhaps he can satisfy his soul’s greatest desire.
Despite the convoluted nature of such films, Upside Down actually sounds original and compelling, especially to someone who has grown tired of the traditional love story. Adam’s love interest in the film, Eden, will be played by Kirsten Dunst of former Spiderman (the Tobey Maguire one) fame, and others include Agnieshka Wnorowska (300), Neil Napier (Immortals), Jayne Heitmeyer (Snake Eyes), and John Maclaren (Capote). The cast may not have any standouts, but in such a story the only ones that truly matter are the two leads.
Upside Down is set to release on March 15th, but the film, which was released in Russia last year, has already received several reviews by online movie critics and various users. The general consensus is that the movie is visually stunning, but the storyline fails to keep up. Comparisons have been drawn to 2009’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, but it is still unclear as to what type of film Upside Down will turn out to be.
Juan Diego Solanas, the director of the film, has only five other titles to his credit. Upside Down will certainly be his biggest and most ambitious film, but that is not saying much. The film was produced by Onyx films and will be distributed by Warner Bros., and it carries an MPAA rating of PG-13. One interesting note is the genre classification for Upside Down is all over the place, with listings as drama, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. For many moviegoers, mystery only adds to the appeal.
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