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.
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).
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.