Upside Down Preview

It is well-known within the world of movie writing that if you set a story in space, you can reuse a plot from an earlier era. Alien is War of the Worlds in space. Star Wars is the Illiad and The Odyssey in space. Now it seems director and writer Juan Solanas has decided to try his hand at the old space setting trope. Mr. Solanas’ movie, Upside Down, could be called Romeo and Juliet in space. However, calling any movie the space version of a classic can never do justice to either the classic, nor the movie. Star Wars has themes that Homer could have never imagined, and the themes of the circle of life in Alien transcend H.G. Wells’ themes of warfare and racism. While Upside Down will journey into themes of love and loss, it will also charge headfirst into the sticky ideas of wealth inequality. As we’re now significantly into this preview, it’s probably time to inform you, dear reader, of the plot of Upside Down. In a galaxy far, far away, two planets orbit each other in ridiculously close proximity. The “upper” planet is the economically better off, while the “lower” planet isn’t. Long story short, boy, played by Jim Sturgess, from the lower planet falls in love with girl, Kirsten Dunst, from the upper planet. Contact from the lower planet to the upper planet is strictly forbidden, and boy is forcefully separated from girl, who gets bonked on the head, and gets, you guessed it, amnesia. The rest of the movie looks to be mostly made up of Jim Sturgess trying to sneak onto the upper planet, which is difficult because the gravities from both the planets only attract the matter that comes from their planet. (It’s science fiction, just go with it.) Where this movie really looks to shine is in the cinematography. Pierre Gill is renowned in Canada for his unorthodox use of light, as well as his penchant for lens flare, which looks to be on full display, if the trailer is to be believed. While the space setting trope may be getting a little old, Pocahontas/Avatar, Upside Down looks like it will be a good time. Here in America, we always complain that we never get any of the good, classy movies. Well here is your chance U.S.A., go see this movie, and send a message to the studios that we are, in fact, a nation of good taste.