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Upside Down
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Jul 9, 2013 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Juan Diego Solanas

Actors:
Kirsten Dunst
Jim Sturgess

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In a world with dual gravity, a young man (Jim Sturgess) from the destitute world below, falls in love with a woman (Kristen Dunst) from up top.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Juan Solanas' UPSIDE DOWN is a movie that didn't make much of a dent during it's quick theatrical release- courtesy of Millennium Pictures- this winter. Boasting a $50 million budget, two fairly big stars (Sturgess and Dunst) and state-of-the-art 3D FX, obviously this was not the route UPSIDE DOWN was intended for, but nonetheless it got lost. It actually had a fairly wide theatrical release here in Montreal, for the sole reason that it was shot here as a co-production with France, but I still missed it, as I assumed that if it had been up to snuff it would have gotten a better release elsewhere.

Turns out however, I was wrong about UPSIDE DOWN. While not a perfect film, it's a pretty darn good one and something that deserved a better reception than it ended up getting (although our own Jimmy O loved it and is actually quoted on the Blu-ray cover). The way the two worlds are depicted is visually striking, and I wish I had gotten the chance to see this in 3D as it probably would have made the effect all the more impressive (a 3D version is included on the Blu-ray, but I don't have that setup). Yes, it takes some getting used to as many of the most important characters in the film, including scene-stealing co-star Timothy Spall and Dunst herself- spend most of their early scenes in the movie being shown upside down. It's a bit vertigo inducing, but it's certainly unconventional and bold, and the overall look of the film is stunning.

UPSIDE DOWN also benefits from strong performances from the two stars. While Sturgess' opening narration felt forced, his performance itself is excellent, and Dunst has rarely looked lovelier. Once Sturgess starts experimenting with anti-gravity matter that allows him to cross between the two worlds, the film starts getting really interesting, leading a couple of interesting set pieces, with him only able to spend a short amount of time up above without bursting into flames.
THE EXTRAS
The big extra here is that on a single Blu-ray, you can chose between 2D and 3D versions (it will default to 2D on standard players). The rest of the material mainly consists of short featurettes and pre-viz examinations of some of the more complicated scenes. There's also another featurette examining the differences between the two worlds, as well as a making of and deleted scenes .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
UPSIDE DOWN isn't a perfect movie, but it's an intriguing one and much better than a lot of the big studio sci-fi tentpole films we've seen lately. Hopefully now that it's on DVD/Blu-ray, people will give it a shot.
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10:44AM on 07/09/2013
I think the big reason this movie failed was because, at least in my neck of the woods, there was literally no promos for it at all- no TV spots, no posters up, etc. Then, it didn't even come to town. We got 'Mud' and 'Before Midnight', just for comparison sake. I have been excited for this since the first gorgeous trailer hit, and am glad to see it's worth it.
I think the big reason this movie failed was because, at least in my neck of the woods, there was literally no promos for it at all- no TV spots, no posters up, etc. Then, it didn't even come to town. We got 'Mud' and 'Before Midnight', just for comparison sake. I have been excited for this since the first gorgeous trailer hit, and am glad to see it's worth it.
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11:56AM on 08/17/2013

Never heard of it...

... but I really enjoyed it :)
... but I really enjoyed it :)
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9:53AM on 07/09/2013

Need help finding a similar(?) movie...

Does anyone remember a similar looking movie to this one that came out last year, it kinda looked like this meets Inception? I think it had a giant stuffed animal in the trailer, like a parade float, and a guy that looked sorta like David Tennant in the lead (maybe it was him?)? I remember wanting to see it, and this, but can't remember the damn title for the life of me. It had a dreary gray poster, much like Upside Down and I think the title was one word. Whoever remembers gets a hi-five and
Does anyone remember a similar looking movie to this one that came out last year, it kinda looked like this meets Inception? I think it had a giant stuffed animal in the trailer, like a parade float, and a guy that looked sorta like David Tennant in the lead (maybe it was him?)? I remember wanting to see it, and this, but can't remember the damn title for the life of me. It had a dreary gray poster, much like Upside Down and I think the title was one word. Whoever remembers gets a hi-five and my thanks.
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10:38AM on 07/09/2013
Based on context clues, was it 'Branded'? Because please be aware, that movie sucks ass!
Based on context clues, was it 'Branded'? Because please be aware, that movie sucks ass!
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