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Upside Down (2012)

Kirsten Dunst in the sci fi movie Upside Down review

Movies offer a way to make dreams reality. Strange worlds which are thought up can become reality on the big screen. Christopher Nolan did it literally with Inception, showing trains travelling on roads and streets curling up. Upside Down kind of takes that last concept and creates a visually stunning world, or rather worlds as it shows twin planets, very close together.

This means that instead of the sky you will see another world (if you live at the northern part of the bottom planet). Such a concept needs its own rules of course and during the intro it is explained that each planet has its own gravity and that if an object is taking to the other world, the gravity of the originating planet will still effect it. So an object can fall up unless it is balanced out with something from the other world to weigh it down. The last rule is that objects from each world can’t touch each other too long or they will start burn up. It’s in this world the story of Adam and Eden takes place, which probably won’t surprise, is one of forbidden love.

Upside Down movie review

The two worlds are very opposite from each other, the upper world is rich and modern, the world below is a decaying one filled with ruins and black rain. During his youth Adam (Jim Sturges) often visits his aunt who lives close to a forbidden area. Of course Adam goes into it and on top of a mountain he sees Eden (Kirsten Dunst), who tells him they are not supposed to talk. They keep meeting however and eventually fall in love. They are discovered and seem separated forever until Adam finds out that she works for the only company which does business in both worlds. He decides to try to reunite with her by joining the company and get into her world.

The story isn’t something you haven’t experienced before (love is a popular theme in movies), but the concept of the twin worlds adds a lot of originality. The movie really manages to use it effectively. When I was a boy I sometimes dreamt of walking on the ceiling and this movie shows it (amongst many other things).

Upside Down movie review

It’s been a while since I saw a movie which mesmerized me with its visuals. There is one scene in which Adam uses the sea to escape to his own world and I’m already doubting if I’m going to see any other scene this year which will wow me as much. Even if the story isn’t the strongest point of the movie I do think that it is a movie you can’t miss. It is eye candy and the way the movie plays with gravity is a joy to watch.

  • Mark Walker says:

    Nice one Nostra. I remember hearing about this a while ago but for the life of me I couldn’t remember the name of it. It looks superb and one that will be added to my list. Thanks man.

    January 3, 2013 at 9:13 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Mark. I’m pretty sure this movie will get some divided review, but I was amazed by it.

      January 3, 2013 at 10:36 am
  • Paul Hauer says:

    I’m curious so i’ve added this one to my watchlist :-)

    January 3, 2013 at 9:20 am
    • Nostra says:

      Nice Paul!

      January 3, 2013 at 10:37 am
  • darkbluebk says:

    This looks interesting. Adding this to my films to watch!

    January 3, 2013 at 9:29 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, it is very interesting. Skip the trailer if you can as it gives a lot away.

      January 3, 2013 at 10:37 am
  • Victor says:

    I haven’t heard of this one, and it sounds interesting–if for nothing else but the visuals.

    Joining the chorus of comments, I’ll keep an eye out for this one when it appears here.

    January 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm
    • Nostra says:

      The visuals alone are enough reason to watch it…I really was in awe with some of them.

      January 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm
  • Jaina says:

    This looks like a beautiful film. Can’t remember hearing about it, but adding it to my watch list.

    January 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I really thought it was, check it out when you can!

      January 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm
  • wordschat says:

    I’ll add my name to the list. Where did you come across it?

    January 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hahaha, it seems a lot of people are interested in checking this one out. I read about it somewhere, but can’t remember where it was.

      January 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm
  • Dan Heaton says:

    Where the heck did this movie come from? Those visuals just look incredible! It’s been added to the Watch List for sure.

    January 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Nice! Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did Dan!

      January 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm
  • sati says:

    I really want to see this one, the trailer looked amazing. I’m kinda surprised that not many people know about this movie, the leads are quite well known and this really looks impressive in terms of visuals.

    January 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It does look stunning and I hadn’t heard of it before, hope it will get a push…

      January 4, 2013 at 8:41 am
  • ruth says:

    Oh my, I’m sooo jealous you’ve seen this one! I’ve been wanting to catch this as soon as I saw the trailer and I like Jim Sturgess! I don’t think it premiered here in MN so I’d have to catch this on rental. Glad you liked it.

    January 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I hope you will feel the same about it Ruth.

      January 4, 2013 at 8:41 am
  • Steph says:

    This premise sounds incredibly cool. I am adding this to my watchlist as we speak. Thanks for introducing me to this film, Nostra.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It is and the movie uses it to great effect. I would love to see more stories set in this world…

      January 4, 2013 at 8:42 am
  • mistylayne says:

    Oh I remember hearing about this one! It looked really interesting – definitely want to see. Great review!

    January 4, 2013 at 2:37 am
    • Nostra says:

      Hope you’ll be able to check it out soon.

      January 4, 2013 at 8:43 am
  • The Focused Filmographer says:

    I am so ready for this one. Thank you for this review. It’s had my attention for the longest. I must see it.

    January 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm
  • The Focused Filmographer says:

    watching it now. I couldn’t wait. It’s so good so far.

    January 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Hahaha, sometimes it’s hard to stay patient ;)

      January 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm
      • The Focused Filmographer says:

        I finished it. Amazing. aside from a few things such as the seemingly forced “announcement” at the end and such like I really enjoyed it. Its set of rules, heeding to them, the story, the visuals…

        great recommendation!

        January 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm
        • Nostra says:

          I’m happy to hear you agree with me!

          January 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm
  • filmhipster says:

    This looks awesome, can’t wait to see it.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It really is!

      January 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm
  • Beer Movie says:

    Great review, I had not heard anything about this one. Screen grabs look absolutely awesome. I was a bit disappointed when you outlined the plot, that it was the same old forbidden love plot. But sounds like it carries it ok.

    January 5, 2013 at 9:42 am
  • Daniel says:

    Hi, I just saw this movie for the first time a few days ago and it was remarkably done. a very nice imaginative take on gravity and social standing. I need some help though. there is a song that’s played after he meets her the first time at the cafe and he has to jump in the ocean because he’s starting to burn up. the next scene they are falling asleep and she’s dreaming of him. what is the song that is played there and who is it by? thank you. I hope you can help it’s really bothering me that I can’t find it.

    December 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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