Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Upside Down (2012)

Director: Juan Solanas. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Timothy Spall. 100 min. Rated PG-13. Canada/France. Fantasy/Romance.

The inhabitants of two adjacent Earth-like planets are forbidden to closely interact, and Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst do so against all gravitational pulls. Similar to The Fifth Element's cheesy message (that love is the fifth element), this fantasy asks whether love defies gravity (wild guess on whether it does). Might be a metaphor for love crossing inter-racial/inter-ethnicity/inter-species boundaries, but could have been more interesting if the enormous sci-fi philosophical possibilities provided here weren't limited to a post-Spiderman Kirsten Dunst achieving mastery in upside-down kissing. Gattaca-lovers may enjoy this - but even that's considered a stretch.

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