DVD Review: Upside Down
You know you’ve found something quite special in a film when the massive array of flaws really don’t bother you. It is disappointing that Juan Solanas’ Upside Down is so flawed, as it would be an even more spectacular film had the concept been worked into a different story.
Instead what we get is a Romeo and Juliet in a mind-blowingly awesome parallel word. Or worlds, as it is in Upside Down. Suspense of everything you know to be true is required for viewing this film, and even if you know and can accept the premise, the opening of the film, the very first scenes are going to be some of the hardest for your little minds to accept. But accept you must, because if all you can focus on is the flaws, then the film is doomed and you may as well turn the DVD player off and go watch Shortland Street re-runs.
The premise, and this will sound a little like the plot for Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, is that there are two worlds, orbiting the same sun. The world down below is poverty stricken and despised, the world above is rich and successful. People from each world cannot live together as each other’s gravity has the opposite effect on them.
When Jim Sturgess’ character Adam figures out a way to visit the upper world, he almost gets caught out using the male urinal, as his pee is inversely affected by the other worlds gravity and he ends up peeing on the ceiling.
It’s these minor details that make the movie and blow your mind.
It’s also a visual feast and Jaun Solanas should be commended for taking such a risk, as this is exactly the type of film that Hollywood should be on the lookout for. Something original, something with the power to blow your mind, something that may need a little more work, a little more money, to turn it from a spectacular film that no one sees, to a runaway hit that people won’t stop talking about.
As it sits Upside Down is still worth a watch just for the concept alone. The story is nice and the little twists keep it form getting bogged down, and the pivotal role played by Timothy Spall alone is worth the purchase price of this DVD.
Treat yourself to an experience, just keep and open mind and don’t be looking for it to be anchored in any acceptable reality.
Rating: M Violence.