Upside Down stays in the middle

11 Oct

UPSIDE-DOWN-FILM

I loved the premise of the sci-fi film, Upside Down from writer/director Juan Diego Solanas, but the film gets stuck in a middle ground because it does not have an identifiable antagonist for the hero character, Adam(Jim Sturgess) to overcome. Instead, a predictable love story unfolds amongst a backdrop of amazing circumstances. His love interest Eden (Kirsten Dunst) is pleasant and their relationship is nice, but it seems insignificant compared to the dominating visual effectS. I think it was a valiant attempt at something great. The idea of two planets with opposing gravitational forces was exciting, even though I needed a quick science lesson at the beginning of the film to answer the obvious questions an audience would have after 15 minutes. However, the main story, like gravity pulls the film down.

WORD COUNT: 131

Chuck’s Grade: C+

Adam’s Grade: N/A

4 Responses to “Upside Down stays in the middle”

  1. Vengeful enigma October 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    You compared the protagonist (generally the hero of the story) to being an obstacle the “hero figure” did not have…(an antagonist.) I believe (haven’t seen the movie), but that society, or societies, both of them are antagonistic to the hero.

  2. jasonmelzer October 12, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    Really? You give it a ‘C+’? Was the Romeo and Juliet style story really elevated by the two different gravity effects in the movie? It seemed kinda simplistic, especially for a sci-fi element. What gave it the grade?

    • Chuck October 13, 2013 at 1:52 am #

      jasonmelzer,
      I agree the movie was simplistic, but I wound not give it a failing grade. I watched the whole film and thought there was some cool stuff going on. Mainly the premise and the visuals.

      • Chuck October 13, 2013 at 1:54 am #

        Vengeful Enigma,
        Thanks for catching that mistake.

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