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4.0 out of 5 stars Charmingly daft fantasy romance
It's a shame this seems to be only available as an import, since it is a quite delightful thing to watch.

Correspondingly, I would not be surprised to see negative reviews, as it is daft, some would say stupid.

The basic theme of the childhood romance, loss or separation and getting back together through adversity and problems of social strata is a...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This had a great concept and has great visuals but it is let down in a number of ways. The narration at the beginning comes across as a little pretentious. There are a number of scenes that seem to come across as the director deciding that he needs to introduce a dramatic moment when there is no need for it. It also lacks subtlety when talking about the two worlds...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charmingly daft fantasy romance, 22 Jun 2013
This review is from: Upside Down [DVD][2012] (DVD)
It's a shame this seems to be only available as an import, since it is a quite delightful thing to watch.

Correspondingly, I would not be surprised to see negative reviews, as it is daft, some would say stupid.

The basic theme of the childhood romance, loss or separation and getting back together through adversity and problems of social strata is a perfectly familiar form. The difference is the environment of the two locked planets. The makers spend a little while setting up the scientific and social structures of the planets, which was wise, as it really is odd,and something I'd not seen in a film before. However, the altered science of this dual planet system as described is so frequently ignored that it is in danger of becoming annoying.

However, it's a sweet romance, familiar as I said, and there are many enjoyable little hurdles overcome. The two principal characters are quite endearing, and excellent support is provided from a number of players, notably Timothy Spall.

And, the thing looks absolutely lovely, very bright and cheerful in the main, and without any jarring in the effects department.

It is daft, it is inconsistent, but it has a lot of charm, and it's well worth the watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was sick of waiting for UK release, 3 Oct 2013
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Lionsgate was meant to distibute this film in UK, but so far there is no date on the release, so i just decided to buy the region 1 disk, and im glad i did, this is a wonderful film, a bit underrated but its an interesting concept of two planets being that close to eachother where the atmostpheres are merged and gravity affects both sides, INCLUDING PEOPLE!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WALKING ON THE CEILING, 23 July 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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The film opens with a lengthy narration explaining the fictional scientific laws of the worlds and how society is structured. It is a bit confusing, but as soon as you see it in action, it becomes apparent. This is a love story about people from two different worlds. The film oozes with symbolism about our society. People who are rich are attracted to the rich world. The poor live as mudlarks valuing anything from the rich world. A heartless corporation forms a link between the two worlds exploiting the poor for the sake of the rich. They rob them of their raw materials and sell back the manufactured product.

The scenery and special effects was excellent. Kirsten Dunst's character Eden, was never developed. We didn't know much about her. Adam (Jim Sturgess) we knew more about, but he needed a haircut. They kept his hair greasy and unkempt for effect, but for me it was a needless distraction.

The attraction the couple had for each other was carried to an extreme. After being separated for ten years, Adam hasn't moved on. Seriously? Eden, has amnesia and is unattached. The story line needed tweaking, but then don't most romances.

It is an interesting film as it is unique in concept. Unfortunately they needed to spend some time on character. A soft 4 stars.

No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 16 Jan 2014
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This is a really strange film but i absolutely love it. Its about two worlds upside down and the life on one is not so good as the other and both people cant meet the others. But love finds a way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie, 14 Jan 2014
This review is from: Upside Down (DVD)
Accept the crazy premise as real and you will love it too. Saw this on a Virgin Atlantic flight to the USA and had to get it on DVD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 8 Dec 2013
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This had a great concept and has great visuals but it is let down in a number of ways. The narration at the beginning comes across as a little pretentious. There are a number of scenes that seem to come across as the director deciding that he needs to introduce a dramatic moment when there is no need for it. It also lacks subtlety when talking about the two worlds. Overall if you want to see it you should rent it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly cerebral but refreshingly innovative visually., 31 Aug 2013
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Better than the usual fayre. Strange how such an appealing well-cast movie managed to avoid the cinemas and even British Bluray distribution; particularly when so much comatose dross gets the green light.
What do the movie distributors actually think of British audiences? Scary!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Upside down, well worth the watch, 26 Jun 2014
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Fantastic film, well worth watching if you like a romantic sci-fi film. highly recommended. Kirsten Dunst fans will enjoy. I don't think this will be showing in the UK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent science fiction universe, 15 May 2014
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By no means a perfect movie, however is thoroughly enjoyable with spectacular effects. Let down slightly by the storyline, but the initial idea and effects deliver a very interesting concept.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Romantic garbage, 13 Aug 2013
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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The premise to Upside Down is that there are two planets, each with their distinct gravity that regulates each world "Up" and (inventively) "Down". At the highest points of the two planets, their points nearly meet and this is where Adam (Jim Sturgess) meets Eden (Kirsten Dunst) - they fall in love in their adolescence until the powers that be learn that an up-worlder is meeting with a down-worlder. They are separated, but Adam never forgets Eden and spends his life devising a way to get to see her again, even joining shady corporation Transworld, for the chance to work in the building that spans the two worlds. Will love triumph?

Upside Down is a ridiculous film that spends about 10 minutes detailing the physics that governs the worlds, then spends the next hour and a half ignoring those exact laws that simpering Jim Sturgess read out to us in a ridiculously breathy manner ("Double Gravity!!" Said in the same way as Double Rainbow! [YT, if you're not familiar with that meme]) - the love affair is tenuous at best as the amnesiac-lover is just so cliché. Jim Sturgess looks like he has slept rough for three weeks before filming (seriously, somebody wash his hair for him, because he is evidently struggling with it) and even when the lovers do meet up all they do is kiss like teenagers in front of sunsets, rather than getting on with the more obvious.

Where Upside Down claws the dire story back is the special effects, the twinned worlds vertically opposite each other are beautifully fleshed out and some of the panning between them is fantastic, I enjoyed the meeting with the CEO, his desk on the ceiling whilst the chair is on the floor. The visuals are striking and a picturesque experience, even if they are wrapped in a cheesy love story explained by pseudo-physics (how do trees grow vertically to reach the other world if that exact world is in the way of the sun? and so on) Ultimately, I may be being a little harsh to give this 2/5, but it's uninspired and were it not for the impressive CGI and camera-work this would be a total unmentionable. Just know what you are getting into, because this really isn't sci-fi, it's a romantic tale posing as sci-fi.
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