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Upside Down

Adam (Sturgess) is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. Living from day to day, no one could have guessed that he longs for a girl he met once upon a time from another world, Eve (Dunst). Eve lives in an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but people of the two worlds would never be able to reach each other. And so their childhood flirtation is left to become a futile love. But when Adam catches a glimpse of adult Eve on television one day, his pursuit of Eve begins, and nothing will get in the way of getting her back, not even the law of science.

Language: English
Subtitle: Chinese
Classification: PG
Release Date: 14 Feb 2013
Genre: Drama / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Distributor: CATHAY-KERIS FILMS
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Jayne Heitmeyer
Director: Juan Diego Solanas
Format: 35MM, 2D

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Best described as a love story supported by the twisted laws of physics due to the premise of two worlds with differing gravitational pulls, audience might get thrown off in the beginning by the attempt at describing the science of both worlds as well as Jim Sturgess' dreadful attempts at narration.

Voiceovers may truly be the bane of his career as the effect feels like a novice parent trying to tell his kids a bedtime story. It is lucky that his performance has much more depth than his recitations.

More romance than science fiction, the story circles around Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) who meet each other during their childhood while walking the mountains. The meeting eventually leads the two from different worlds to fall in love despite the fact that it is illegal to cross into the threshold of the other world.

Of course, being young lovers consumed by passion, any law other than the importance of their romance is not deemed as essential information to process. It is no surprise that tragedy eventually strikes when the two rendezvous in Down Below, where Adam dwells. Both pay the price in their respective ways and ten years go by before the pair meets again.

The naming of both characters comes as some sort of prelude to a significant occurrence for both worlds, but the clincher for the event is never really fully explored as Adam's and Eden's love eclipse much of the science fiction factor.

Separated by the status difference and barrier between both worlds (Up Top is rich and affluent while Down Below is poor and desolate), the only place that allows both universe to truly collide is through Transworld, a company that allows employees from Up and Down to share a working space 'side-by-side'. When Adam discovers Eden working for the company, he immediately applies for a job there by enticing the employers with an anti-gravity beauty cream that he has been working on.

Adam struggles to blend his way into Up Top without falling or burning to his death as materials that pass to the other world will go up in flames. His efforts turn out to be a success until he visits the bathroom. Let us just say that while Adam may be a capable scientist, he does not really think through everything.

The efforts he makes for Eden are tremendous, which is flat out one-sided as Eden does little except to look pretty, shed a couple of tears and throwing incredulous looks at him. The tragedy faced by the star-crossed lovers is neither heartbreaking nor legendary as you know that their relationship will somehow become a turning point for the condition of both worlds.

That being said, "Upside Down" is a feast of cinematic visuals with breathtaking effects taking place at every corner to make almost colliding worlds Up Top and Down Below become a reality in the film.

Word of advice though, if you are prone to motion sickness, try not to watch the movie with a full stomach. Things may turn out more dizzying than expected with its boggling laws of physics in physical as well as verbal form.

Cinema Online, 27 December 2012
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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