1.17.2013

Upside Down Movie Review

Just when I thought everything had already been defied by love, there came a highly ambitious story that shows how love can break the natural force that pulls us to the ground... literally.
A man searches an alternate universe for a long-lost love from his youth. - IMDB

The movie Upside Down is perhaps, one of the greatest fictional love story I have ever seen. It lies within the equinox of being highly impossible and supposedly probable. Impossible of course is that it may happen to us since the Earth has no twin world and rotates on its own axis; and probable as it capitalizes on the fact that the universe is so vast and complex that maybe, on the other side of it, there is actually a living Adam and Eve kissing in the midair rejecting their own world's magnetic force.


Just like the monster-human love stories which are flooding us now, the film simply improves our concept of forbidden love. In my own opinion though, Upside Down's concept is more endearing than those that tried to defy highly fantasy-based realms. I don't know with you guys, but my senses demand a break with all these blood-sucking flesh-eating lovers, I am thirsty (allusion not intended) for... normal human anatomy. It still involves midair kisses and desperate measures of love between the main characters, but the idea that their world's magnetic force is their sole antagonist, which is an entirely normal force, that's where the romance really rises.


But there are rooms for improvement. Of course. One of the problems I have seen on the movie is that it didn't capitalize much on its very strong storyline. There is an attempt of explanation about the twin planets, but it simply didn't suffice. I would have loved it more if the facts about the twin planet have sprouted along the story, perhaps showering in the midst the lead character's love story, rather laying it all beforehand. It sort of lessened the excitement, while in fact it is the main enchanting force of the story.


Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst are both excellent and good looking, but somehow I can't seem to find any chemistry between them. When their scenes are magnified, you can feel that they are both feeling their roles, but not quite one another's. The only consolation is that they are indeed, pleasant to the eyes. That's all.


Lastly, it didn't give a satisfying encore. I have already realized long ago that Hollywood films are not meant to end because of a presumed part two, but I think that is not a good reason to have your audience dangling with questions. Moreover, those questions didn't come interesting, but quite irritating. What has become of Adam and Eve's child? Did they live together forever? If they did, on which world?



I will give it a grade of 2.5 out of 5. It is ambitious, entertaining and visually appealing. However, if you are looking for films to keep on your "forever list" you might want to have a second look.

*I do not own nor claim any of the photos used. Credits goes to their rightful owners.

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