Sci fi is a broad genre that can include any type of story that can be dreamed up. Some stories can be small and intimate and still fantastic, films like Timecrimes, Moon, and Cube. Some need a bigger canvas to paint their stories on. Once in a while we get one that shows us a world we hadn’t previously dreamt of. Upside Down falls into that category for me.
Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) fell in love as teens, despite the fact that they live on twinned planets with gravities that pull in opposite directions preventing them from ever being truly together. Social boundaries also exist with Adam’s planet being poverty stricken and Eden’s planet being wealthy and prosperous. Ten years after their last meeting, Adam decides to try and jump planets and reconnect with Eden, attempting to bridge societal and natural obstacles to do so.
After I watched Upside Down, I went online to try and discover why I had not heard any buzz about this film. Turns out it is because supposedly not many people liked it. I can’t really figure that out because I thought it was mesmerizing, romantic, and visually breathtaking. I could never really understand people’s aversion to CG; I don’t know why obvious backdrops and haloed green screen effects from the past are preferred. I rewatched Ghostbusters recently and although it still holds up as a great film, the effects are just horrendous. The demon dogs in particular really look cut and pasted onto the movie. Why people would prefer this method to modern CG is beyond me. But back to Upside Down, the movie is a real Romeo and Juliet story, and the physics and ingenuity with which the story of opposing gravity planets is told is just awesome. I really found myself immersed in the two worlds from the start. As long as you are not a flat out CG hater, there is so much to love about Upside Down. There are themes in common with films like The Adjustment Bureau and visuals in common with What Dreams May Come, but with a real sci fi vibe that I really dug.
The Blu-ray from eOne is just gorgeous. The picture is crystal clear with amazing detail and clarity. This is one slick looking sci fi adventure. Colors are intentionally blown out occasionally, but overall this is a beautiful transfer of a truly beautiful film. Highly recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.