Upside Down's Stunning Visuals Don't Quite Make Up For Plot Holes
Kirsten Dunst is winning plaudits for 'Upside Down,' though plot holes appears to put off some critics.
Upside Down is a tale of love between two opposing worlds, pushed together. Not in the "Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" kind of way, the movie actually means two worlds, opposite gravity pulls, he walks on the floor, she hangs from the ceiling kind of thing. Naturally, it's all a big metaphor for social stratification and the ever-present class divide, as so many films have been trying to do lately. Is it any good though?
Everyone seems to agree that the imagery of Upside Down is stunning (if heavily on the blue side) and the visual landscape of director Juan Solanas is certainly immersive. However, where the film falls apart is the script. Upside Down is littered with plot holes and continuity errors and even with the appropriate suspension of disbelief, the pseudo-scientific aspects just don't hold any water.
Additionally, while you can tell from the onset that this flick is going to be heavy on the social commentary, the way that it's served up is so heavy and offputting, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. The thing that lifts up this film (no pun intended) is Kristen Dunst's acting.
Dunst makes the best of a rather clumsy script and gives her amnesiac character Eden some much needed depth, which balances out co-star Jim Sturgess' heavy performance. Ultimately, it's your decision whether you think the visual environment of Upside balances out the heavy handed serving of drawn-out social criticism, but it the film clearly isn't the masterpiece it was intended to be.
Kirsten Dunst Stars In The Sci-Fi Movie Upside Down