‘Upside Down’ is a downer

How far are you willing to go for love? Publicity photo for ‘Upside Down’

Over the holidays, me and some of my high schoold friends agreed to dedicate a day each month to watch movies. We just realized we needed some time off our busy schedules to unwind, keep up with the latest films, and share good food. We can also call it an excuse to just keep up with each other.

Last month, we watched the star-studded Les Miserables. Only four of us were present. For February, we had Upside Down. From four, we were now eight. The more the merrier!

Upside Down

In a jiffy, Juan Solanas’ Upside Down is about Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) who fell in love when they were teens “despite living on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions.” After a decade of forced separation, Adam sets out a dangerous quest to reconnect with Eden.

The film was visually appealing (the special effects were tastefully done, well, according to my humble standards) and the concept was promising. However, the film becomes dragging as the plot thickens, leaving the moviegoer frustrated. Maybe I just expected too much because the trailer looked interesting. It actually reminded me of the scene in Inception wherein the world folded. The film, however, tried to be socially relevant with the idea of altas living on top and pobres at the bottom world.

Sturgess delivered a so-so performance. He’s one of my favorites but he wasn’t at his best in this film, but I have to say his faced saved this movie from disgrace. Dunst was very pretty but I though she needed a little more internalization. Or should I say her character didn’t have much exposure, thus the lack of character development. Timothy Spall, who played the role of upsider Bob Boruchowitz delivered the best in this film.

Adam and Eden: defying gravity
Adam and Eden: defying gravity

Verdict
If your a sucker for CGIs, then I suggest you see this film on theaters. But better to just wait for its HBO premiere. Not worth the ticket price. Rating: 2/5 stars

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