I sincerely think this movie did intend to be better than it is. The concept is here, writers just don’t use the idea to its fullest potential.
Upside Down (2012) Film Review
Young Adam grows up in an orphanage where the only good thing about his life is the weekend visits to his aunt’s home until the day he meets Eden. The two children forge a friendship and grow up meeting in secret. Little do either of them realize what their blossoming romance means. Their love challenges two very different universes – the two live on opposite universes. While Eden (Kristen Dunst) grows up in an affluent world with endless possibilities, Adam (Jim Sturgess) comes from “below,” the world underneath Eden’s where poverty is the common and the poor struggle to survive. The world directly above theirs is a place that pulls in the opposite direction with its own gravity.
Discovery of the two meeting in secret leads to ten years of separation and Adam’s belief that Eden has died. When Adam learns that Eden is working for the one company where both races can co-exist, he attempts the impossible; to reunite with Eden.
Discovery of this movie is as the result of a familiar cast. Beyond this, the plot actually did inspire curiosity. During the narrative opening, I’m cautiously optimistic. Adam’s tale of woe sets up his backstory plus shares the reasons behind the universe he and Eden live in. The silly drama makes me wince and yet it does still make me curious to see if or how the dystopian movie will impress.
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Playing with our imagination, in its conceptual stages, this story seems like it’d be quite good. It could be considered a Romeo and Juliet like story. Reminiscing on the film, throughout the runtime, my one wish could be summed up to have experienced “more” from the script, and I wanted this for the script. Upside Down could have been so interest. Instead it works against itself. We painfully watch the googly-eyes (add in his atrocious hair and we’ll just say I am not a fan of the dude) Adam makes at lady love, Eden. This eventually spills over into the sappiness of its ending. There are some good things about the movie. It didn’t bore me and I found in interesting that the characters names are Adam and Eden, mere coincidence? Probably not.
Upside Down isn’t great. But flipping that over and examining some of its intricacies reveals it’s an interesting piece of film work. There’s some gorgeous frames (like the ending scene) and some dizzying shots (such as the entire film’s spliced two frames of the two worlds), and of course the two opposite gravity universes ups the intrigue. Though it’s an entertaining film, it’s not one I’ll be likely to watch again. To its credit, it is also relatively clean and it was nice to see Kristen Dunst in something again, beyond that, everything was forgettable.
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You can find Upside Down digitally on Amazon Video
Content: there is some minor “tense” moments when a woman is taken away by force from her home – viewers never learn what happened to her, but suggestions imply it wasn’t good. Men chase characters with weapons and fire on those who are fleeing. Characters kiss and there is an implication [unseen] that they slept together. There may be a minor profanity. The film is PG-13.