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Upside Down

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DOWN-SIDE UP? Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst star in, Upside Down , a gravity-bending distopyian tale.
Takashi Seida

Upside Down

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
103 minutes
Wide Release Date:
03/15/13
performer:
Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess
director:
Juan Solanas
distributor:
Millennium
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

Upside Down is a very fancy piece of junk. It’s a sci-fi love story organized around a visual stunt so annoying that you can just tell how clever director Juan Solanas must have thought it was. In the dystopian future (yawn!), the filthy rich and the noble poor live on next-door planets with opposing gravitational pulls. In the Trans-World building, which joins the two planets, the floor of one office is the ceiling of another, so that people look at and talk to one another upside down. How cool, we’re supposed to think — except that staging even a simple two-shot conversation becomes laborious. Especially when you realize that topsy-turvy gimmickry aside, Upside Down is one long sub — Total Recall fight-the-power cliché. Jim Sturgess, as the poor-world hero, doesn’t offer much besides mussy hair and an overly shy smile (he’s way too abashed to be a star), and Kirsten Dunst, as his angelic rich-world love, just beams and beams and beams. C-