Upside Down (2012) - Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Hohum Score

6

Engaging

Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Juan Solanas
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 30 out of 177 found boring (16.94%)

One-line Reviews (139)

The characters were under developed and "evil" corporation scenario is just too cliché.

Upside Down is a visually stunning film set in a twinned world with gravities pulling in opposite direction, where people are literally upside down.

Solanas offers a breathtaking view of twin worlds .

The threadbare plot (boy loves girl, will do anything for her, but the world just won't allow them to be together) has been a movie cliché ever since cinema was invented in the 1890s, but beautifully breathtaking visual effects and a nostalgic and glossy texture to the film (picture the film in black and white, with a young Deborah Kerr and James Stewart) makes for rewarding viewing.

This is a waste of two hours of your life that you will never be able to get back.

Their Love was supposed to Defy Gravity, but it felt so uneventful; you just don't Feel the Love.

It was only the sweeping breathtaking cinematography around them that enhances their limited chemistry between each other.

It really does bother me how every time a love story is about lovers from different worlds have to find a way to make their impossible love happen, the story gets called a "Romeo and Juliet cliché", when, honestly, it's not like only Shakespeare had the right to come up with that.

Snore .

Mind you, the performances are OK, but it all seemed rather cliché and formulaic.

She's fine in her role but the way the two gravities is explained and the way this romance plays out is contrived to say the least.

I saw his Cloud Atlas recently and his love story in that film was everything that this movie isn't; difficult, problematic, unique, beautiful, exciting and heartbreaking - a revelation ov love.

The sets are disappointing,CGI nothing special,the story moves at a slow pace.

Watch It At least for its Stunning Visuals.

Don't waste your time .

Awesome film and stunning concept .

Except one of them have amnesia, yeah it's a very cliché love story.

Despite its visuals the science fiction/fantasy element of the story is confusing and leaves you puzzled.

Entertaining Visual Fun .

I hate to say it but, overall, In Time was a better and more enjoyable film than this (and I can't even stand Timberlake) as it had a much better premise.

What is particularly compelling is the differences between the two worlds and the special effects needed to highlight these differences.

This likely proves that even the most stunning visuals cannot bring justice to a problematic story.

All anything, but this story seems to be dull and boring.

I rate this Movies a 7/10, and I'm glad the narrator broke down the story straight to the point, I hate when movies drag on or start slow.

When such a romance is set in such a unique backdrop, and supported by some of the most stunning visuals, you expect a good movie.

Only worth a watch if you're bored and exhausted much more interesting and logically produced films.

I found the performances from the supporting cast really wooden and uninspiring.

To be honest, the Neo-Seoul storyline have ten times the quality, more well- executed, stunning visuals than this entire movie.

Still I think it's an exciting and interesting watch.

No matter if the rest doesn't make any sense at all, the few stunning scenes you thought up will more than enough to make up for that.

The resolution this film reveals; and its characterization of a hopeless romantic and his manic pixie dream girl may be too generic for some, yet I find it likable, original and entertaining.

Ten cheers for the director, Simple concepts written in totally different way like rich & poor are upside and down below, The Graphics are Visually Stunning best of all this the reason i can enjoy watching this movie again and againDo watch this movie especially with your partner, because the movie is dam romantic and will really make you feel it.

A visually stunning film with an intellectually stimulating plot .

Novelty wears thin, a visual stunning film.

Beautifully Breathtaking .

The special effects, in addition, are bad, confusing even, making you feel dizzy with the upside down universes at the same scene.

I laughed out loud when Sturgess made his first deliverance of "Aunt Becky" in the opening narration: it felt like a cliché fairy tale name stamped into the script in order to force that cuddly fairy tale feel.

its just fascinating.

He constantly fights to outsmart the natural forces of reality--at one point, bored and friendly co-worker Bob (Timothy Spall) steps in to help.

We see how the elements controlling natural and artificial territories aptly fit, compelling the story to its narrative end.

However, if you can let go of the cliche's it is fine romantic drama.

I probably enjoyed it this much because I'm a sucker for unique sci-fi films.

The film's setting is magnificently beautiful, there are a lot of stunning ideas and images and the main story is good enough to make the two-planet world look real.

This is one of the most original and visually stunning movies that I have ever seen.

the visual effect is stunning, the concept of this movie is unique, the only part that's not quite cool is the later part of this movie which inevitably turned into a earthly cold-heart bloody two different worlds, two different societies separation and discrimination.

Upside Down creates a fascinating universe beyond our imagination.

Sturgess is giving it his all, Dunst is bored and the film looks like it's trying to be a J.

The script is simple but nevertheless it deals with the question of gravity which may be at times a little confusing.

The story line is weak and boring for about half the movie.

Overall, worth seeing and one of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen, very neat effects.

Enjoyable fantasy with an interesting storyline .

The romance is beyond bland and it spends most of the time doing stuff that achieved so little to the plot.

In other cast, Timothy Spall appears as an older version of cliché best friend roles in romantic comedies.

Especially the ending is rushed and dull.

If you don't get it, you will find some of the things that happen very confusing.

Really, a complete waste of time.

compelling symbolism .

The build up to their reunion is exciting and makes great use of the opposing gravities problem.

6/10 and yet another mixed rating maybe worth watching.

This is a very slow paced movie that could last for 60minutes and would not loose an inch of the story.

The only redeeming feature was the stunning visuals.

When I said the romance is beyond bland I mean it has no personality, no depth, no meaning.

They never seem to actually be together, which is both suspenseful and frustrating.

It's just a movie with a compelling story.

From lingered shots of the gap between the two worlds to the confines of an inverse office, a lot of thought and care has gone into little aspects that make Upside Down look stunning.

It was a perfect romance film with an excellent cast and stunning visuals.

Don't waste any more time and check out last years most under rated movie.

Fan's of Timothy Spall will also be please his character is quite enjoyable.

) catch him and that's the second confusing moment: why did his aunt house burn?!

Definitely don't recommend watching, you will just waste 2 hours of your life!

The effects were stunning, the idea was clever and even the mediocre acting was bearable.

You won't be mind blown by this movie, it's not revolutionary, just pure fun; a stunning and pleasurable experience.

The sci-fi concept of the movie will make its viewers realized that there were a stunning conceptualization and collaboration of work.

It kills me I never got to see this one in theatres, it's just breathtaking.

It is a brilliantly designed world that can be both trippy and fascinating.

Literally, you can see it - Dunst is bored surrounded by green screens on a sound stage.

Overall, however, it was a creative and fun movie well worth watching.

The visuals are breathtaking and the romantic scenes are beautiful.

Since the movie has really stunning graphics and unique world setting, my eyes were enjoying catching every details scene by scene.

nice entertaining movie .

On top of that, who ever told Jim Sturgess to read his lines as a narrator with such an exalted voice that is unbearable to listen to, should be sentenced to mandatory story telling classes.

Dystopian plot with uninteresting romantic tale.

Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Duntz are utterly winning, charming and engaging as the couple caught between two opposing gravitational forces, and Timothy Spall is equally fine as Adam's co-worker from the upper world who befriends this starry-eyed newbie from below.

The spectacular imagery of the two worlds was intriguing enough to keep me hooked.

A great escape from our mundane world to be seen on a large screen.

I was able to see this on Netflix streaming movies, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Half the audience falls asleep over anything longer than 20 minutes and explanations bore them.

I think the movie as it is is boring.

In this film she seems bored.

As for the content, I ended up thinking of it as a "poor man's Gattaca," with a more silly premise, a very bland/shallow story, and worse acting.

By the intro it seemed like it was going to lead to something big, but overall it goes in a pretty mundane direction.

The visuals are just stunning, great effort by the CGI team indeed !

This movie is visually stunning, there's nobody that will tell otherwise, and the concept is something very unique.

We cheer for the characters but it's too trite.

Just don't waste your time and don't watch it!

It is visually compelling with nice performances from the cast.

Visuals in "Upside Down" is stunning.

The story has some clever twists too , and there is an enjoyable adventure to be had for us .

It was written and directed by Juan Solanas and is filled with beautifully stunning visuals as well as touching dramatic moments.

This gets tiresome and irritating, particularly when it involves (as it inevitably does) him putting his beloved's life in danger.

The soundtrack is boring and that melody in the restaurant makes you want to find and bash someone in the audience.

Aside from that, the plot fell down the cliché tree and hit every branch on the way down.

Just the visuals alone make "Upside Down" worth watching.

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a different and entertaining movie.

The love story itself is weak and uninteresting.

It just takes way too long for this thing to really warm up and often times you're wanting to know more about the two different cities and you really don't care about the love story.

There are fantastic photographic elements that make the best advantage of filmmaking by using the intriguing plot element of two planets in close proximity to each other with intersecting gravities revolving around a star.

Good storyline and the stunning concept make the two-planet world even more realistic.

Talented cast in Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst who do their best here too but I still found the Romeo and Juliet-esqe romance lacking and the story itself kind of dull once the visual gimmick of opposite gravity wore off.

There's little excuse for making a film that races for the first few minutes, then contrives it's plot to boring degrees, and ends up forgetting to develop any characters during the last hour.

Instead of being compelling, it rather shows how beautiful the two's relationship is with a grand scale universe in the background.

And, this is amazing, there are actually "lists" of the best "existentialist" films ever made, and they include titles like the Matrix...! Also confusing because, if you think about it, every love story ever written or filmed has existentialist underpinnings, so upon reflection I think calling this particular film "existentialist" is a red herring.

stunning and unique .

Watched it because it seemed visually stunning and I needed a break from watching all the August Underground movies.

I wouldn't waste much time trying to find contradictions with the science behind it.

It's shallow, predictable, slow and empty, without a voice of its own.

Beyond that, I thought the plot was entertaining enough.

The trailer looked fascinating with its awesome special effects art.

Despite the obvious flaws, imaginary world is quite fascinating.

With the film's over-reliance on narration, "Upside Down" leaves little time for its characters to develop which consequently makes the story as a whole feel contrived.

The visuals are undeniably breathtaking but the plot gets the opposite which results a story that fails to be compelling.

except some stunning visual and a faint political statement.

Dunst was a bad choice for Eden and she seems bored throughout the film and her acting is quite bad.

Kirsten Dunst is a good actress but here she has little to do, her play is vague, flat and mostly boring, as we as her character.

Still it's a pleasant story, quite predictable.

The rest of the movie is as predictable and non threatening as a children's fairy tale.

it was weird but showed that I actually did get immersed into the world.

A fascinating telltale that will surely please film aficionados looking for more than the normal block buster recipe.

Conceptually it is wonderfully cinematic - taken to its full potential with some stunning imagery and great ideas.

The result is a romance that serves as a reason to stuff an entire movie full of enjoyable graphic effects.

Fascinating Visuals Are Let Down By a Particularly Awful Storyline .

The action scenes were good for the most part, though a bit drawn out in the end.

The movie is visually stunning , and actually strikes you very much as a futuristic Wizard of Oz .

Oh, and make some stunning visuals.

The Special Effects and the way the opposing worlds are portrayed, is sometimes breathtaking.

It is obvious that there has been a lot of work put into the plot, visual design elements that eventually combine to make an exciting, exhilarating, thought-provoking and most importantly an emotionally satisfying experience as one finds in the more sober science fiction tinged Another Earth (2011) or even Kirsten Dunst's own more singular stunning performance in Melancholia (2011).

If you like cynically criticising cinematic stupidity while drinking with friends, this movie will prove very entertaining.

Even if it's quite gripping, the film calls for something better.

For a film that really sells itself on the uniqueness of its fantasy/Sci Fi premise, it carefully straddles the line between artsy and entertaining, only occasionally descending into melodrama.