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Upside Down Trailer: Your Sci-Fi Mindf*ck Of The Week

By TK | Trailers | January 25, 2013 | Comments ()


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For some strange reason, I've never heard one word about first time writer/director Juan Diego Solanas' Canadian film Upside Down until a random publicist email found its way to me. And you know what? It looks interesting. The synopsis should sell you on, at the very least, the originality of the idea:

Ever since Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions--he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when interplanetary-border patrol agents catch them and Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when, ten years later, Adam learns she is alive and working at a vast corporation whose towering headquarters connects their planets, he sets out on a dangerous quest to infiltrate the company and the upper world to reconnect with her. UPSIDE DOWN is a visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?

OK, three problems right off the bat: That last line is terrible, your characters are unironically named Adam and Eden, and the title is a tad too on-the-nose for my taste. BUT... the trailer is damn impressive, especially the money shot at the end, and it is a rather intriguing and original idea. Here's hoping it's more than a clever idea and some nifty visuals.

Take a look.



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  • Buck Forty

    Meh. I got eyestrain just watching all the upside down bits in the trailer... to watch the actual movie might render me blind.

  • Buck Forty

    (No one says 'meh' anymore, right?)

  • Quatermain

    I can pretty much guarantee just from the synopsis that this is going to be unbearably preachy in a 'hey guys look at my allegory about what I think are the problems in modern society' kind of way. That retarded Justin Timberlake movie where they all had life timers on their arms was the same way.

  • Red Lioness

    This movie looks so good but is just terrible. Terrible. I'm watching it online and it's
    torture. And I know that it could be a nice film (it has beautiful scenes) but
    the dialogues...the love is more powerful than gravity thing is plain dumb.

  • BlackRabbit

    Does he say they have "two twin planets"? Isn't that redundant?

  • AnaStar13

    Jim Sturgess is lovely, it's a gorgeous film to look at, and it's just awful to watch. I really, really wanted to like it and there was one moment that I thought was really cool and a thousand other moments that were predictable and so, so lame. I was really disappointed.

  • Renton

    Much prefer my old flatmate's film on the same idea: http://vimeo.com/37604847
    Plus it's nominated for this years Animated Short, so go watch and hope it wins. It really is excellent.

  • dagnabbit

    The planets are called Republica and Democratia. Effing brilliant, insightful, and subtle as always Hollywood, as well as scientifically sound. More like this, please!

  • Irina

    Saw this maybe 6 months ago, the premise was interesting and I'm a sucker for Montague/Capulet stories. Unfortunately this movie sizzles out quickly and gets really boring by the (very predictable) end.

  • unfortantly, while the premise is really great- I tried watching the movie, it was quite terrible (including the 20 minutes of terrible Voice Over at the beginning)

  • BWeaves

    If two planets were that close together, they would have smashed each other to smithereens already. Did the writer ever take a science class? I'm OK with Science Fiction, but the Science part better be believable.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Also, his planet's gravitational pull still works on him even when he's on the other planet because...why?! I'm also one of those people who just get annoyed by blatant disregard for science.

  • SnowMan

    Killjoy!
    You must not enjoy hardly any fiction, then. Because almost everything (sci-fi or otherwise) has logic problems if you look hard enough.
    I'm much happier being the guy who relaxes and enjoys the escape than the one looking for problems to point out.

  • BWeaves

    Nah, I'm perfectly happy believing that a 900 year old man travels around space and time in a 1960's era police box that's bigger on the inside than the outside. It's so out there, that I'm willing to accept it.

    However, there's a line that gets crossed when the "science" is just plain stupid. I think my astronomer husband almost burst a vein while watching "Plan 9 From Outer Space" when the aliens talked about exploding the "molecules of sunlight."

  • Well, this looks different! And possibly really nausea-inducing. It reminded me of Super Mario Galaxy and how long it took me to get used to the flipping-gravity thing.

  • JJ

    Now showing in IMAX 3D!

    (please don't eat or drink anything for the preceding eight hours before viewing)

  • kilmo

    I've been seeing the trailer for this all over S. Korea for past few months. The title was all in Korean, so I couldn't for the life of me figure out the title of the movie.

    It also wasn't listed on the actors' IMDB for the longest time, which is also might be an indication of the movie quality.

  • Drake

    That trailer made me a little dizzy. Maybe it's because of the all the cough syrup I've been needing to take lately.

    And, I can understand why people find Jim Sturgess boring, but I still think he is interesting and damned attractive.

  • joe

    seen it. and it is not bad.

  • Blake

    Pretty looking but empty with two of the boring leads. Sounds like a franchise.

  • Kballs

    Now I can finally party with the Trainspotting baby.

  • ViciousTrollop

    Wait, so my ceiling is a different world? And if I weigh down my legs I can go there? Gonna party with the house spiders tonight, yeeeeaaaah.

  • So THAT's how Lionel Richie did it...

    http://youtu.be/nc6d_-ZFURM

  • Wednesday

    This explains a lot about the strange noises in the attic.

    I always thought it was just squirrels.

  • ViciousTrollop

    It's not squirrels, it's extremely good-looking people. Get up there! Love is stronger than gravity!

  • the dude

    the problem with this premise is that the only original action that can be done is where the two worlds meet, and it would be weird to be there all the time

  • jM

    I watched this online. Well, started watching it online. I only made it about half an hour in because it's terrible. That, and I just can't with Jim Sturgess. He's like walking boredom. I'd call him Vanilla Mayonnaise, but that's insulting to both.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I think this looks awesome. Love the premise. And the shot where he falls from ocean to ocean is the bees knees.

  • AudioSuede

    You forgot a few more problems to add to that list:

    1) Every line in that trailer is terrible.

    2) Kirsten Dunst is in a movie where she isn't a creepy child vampire, which is automatically a mistake.

    3) Everything but the special effects and the premise.

  • BobbFrapples

    Oooooooh! Shiny! I'm in.

  • tmoney

    I'm in if only for scraggly Jim Sturgess. There's just something so sad about his eyes.

  • John G.

    why is Kirsten Dunst always kissing people upside down?

  • poopnado

    Um, have you ever done it? It's amazing. Of course she keeps doing it.

  • John G.

    I've never kissed anyone, but when I move out of my mother's basement someday I'm gonna try it upside down.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Had the same thought.

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