The science fiction fantasy romance Upside Down began production in 2009, not long after the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies came to an end — along with Kirsten Dunst’s chances to make-out with her male co-stars, with at least one of the two not being right-side up. So it should come as no surprise that she jumped at the chance to star in a love story about people from different worlds. Literally. The worlds are mirror images of each other, facing each other through the sky where skies and stars ought to be. They can interact, but they really aren’t supposed to, as the denizens of “up” want to protect their better means and fancier lives from the citizens of “down,” thus enabling the Romeo-and-Juliet-like romance between Jim Sturgess’s Adam and Dunst’s Eve.
The concept of Upside Down is pretty wild and might take a few minutes to totally wrap your heads around, but one that seems to work particularly well if the finally released trailer is any indication. It definitely offers up enough stirring imagery and hints of depth beyond just wire assisted make-out sessions to see why Dunst would take the role. And unlike Melancholia, the sci-fi elements appear to be more than just window dressing.
But don’t take my word for it. You have eyeballs and opinions for a reason:
Pretty striking, isn’t it? Original at the very least. There’s no set U.S. release date for Upside Down, yet, but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled. If the movie does finally hit theaters this year, it’s just more evidence that 2012 might be one of the best years for movies since 1999. I guess that’s appropriate. Back then, we needed a good run before Y2K destroyed society, and now we’re rushing toward greatness before the Mayan Apocalypse dooms us all.
Until then, enjoy this teaser poster. And because it’s not the best quality, I’ve included a rather radass still from the movie below. Cheers.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He’s expecting to blow all his hardly earned cash on movies this year, even if the world doesn’t by this time in 2013.