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Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.
Sci-Fi Romantic - While a very effects-heavy science fiction film, this is not an
action film but an earnest romance film more geared toward female
tastes. Fans of leads Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst should enjoy.
Violence and especially language is at a minimum, but adult themes
make this of caution to parents of children, who actually would not
be interested anyhow.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good That 'Upside Down' is one of the silliest movies ever made — did I mention that? — is a fact that I can in no way deny. And yet, I am often willing to overlook numbskull storytelling if the film in question is bold and stylish enough in other areas to make up for its narrative shortcomings, and this is one of those films.
Washington PostFull Review Average 'Upside Down' paints a pretty picture, as long as you don't think about it too much.
NY PostFull Review Below Average The setup is a lot of fun, as is the fairy-tale look, but the leads are so insipid, and Sturgess' trademark wounded-puppy act is so excruciating, that the bland love story never keeps up with the effects.
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Lovers Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) 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 twinnedworldswith gravities that pull in opposite directions -- he onthepoverty-strickenplanetbelow, she onthewealthy, exploitative world above. The planets are so close that their highest mountain peaks almost touch. That's where Adam and Eden first meetas children. And later, as teens, where he pullsherdownto his world by a rope to cavort in dual-gravity bliss (visiting the otherplanetdoes not release a person from thegravitational pullof their nativeplanet). Butwheninterplanetary border-patrolagentsattack them, Eden falls back to her world -- apparently dead.
Ten years later, Adam learns that Eden is alive and working at TransWorld -- a vast corporation whose towering headquarters is the only structure that connects the planets -- and the only legal means of passing between them.In a desperate attempt to find her, Adamgetsa job at TransWorlddeveloping arevolutionaryface-lift cream based on a secret, gravity-neutralizing ingredientthat has been passed down forgenerationsin his family. From his lower-world cubicle, he quickly setsabout infiltrating theupper-world executive suitesto reconnect with Eden.
And so begins a quest fraught with dangers and challenges -- from having to woo Eden all over again because of the memory loss she sufferedin the fall, to fleeing authorities through a topsy-turvy realm where up is sometimes down and down is sometimes up. What if love was stronger than gravity?