Upside Down is a love story set in parallel worlds (literally) that are separated by wealth. These two worlds basically face each other, look up and you can see the other. Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst play the couple in love and Jim Sturgess' character will do just about anything to be with her. Juan Diego Solanas wrote and directed the film. This might be a film that could give you a headache or a bad crick in the neck. Ever since Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions — he on the poverty - stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when interplanetary-border patrol agents catch them and Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when, ten years later, Adam learns she is alive and working at a vast corporation whose towering headquarters connects their planets, he sets out on a dangerous quest to infiltrate the company and the upper world to reconnect with her.
I can’t help but appreciate unique filming, be it the way the shot is angled or just the impressive nature of CGI used but Upside Down is really something else, it’s like an acid trip for two hours as you struggle to get your bearings as you are faced with not one but two worlds, each just as original. The fact that both of these worlds are visible at the same time is just part of Upside Down’s charms.
It follows Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) as two people seperated by more than just their status but also the worlds they live in as they both live in a world where they can see each other but never touch with both their worlds being upside down from one another. The two must search for a way to bridge the gap not only between each other but their clashing societies,
While the social commentary is a little on the nose and the love story has more than a few sappy clunkers hidden within it there is a lot to look forward to in this new land with some stunningly realised designs and beautiful cinematography the world built here is top notch Sci-Fi and the attention to the smallest of details adds a certain flavour. While the sights keep you interested the same can’t be said about some of the story elements.
Not only does the plot contain some pretty considerable plot holes, even considering the lunacy of the premise but the connection between Dunst and Sturgess isn’t as strong as you would expect leaving a hole in the central idea of the film. That being said, Sturgess is excellent as the down on his luck, hopeless romantic as he does anything to get to Eden.
There is a level of concept here that is to be admired and the tale does bear fruit, especially towards the end but if anything this is a visual wonder but it fails to surprise in the fruition of its story in the way one would hope.
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