Thursday, April 5, 2018

Downsizing (2017)

Director: Alexander Payne. Cast: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Udo Kier, Jason Sudeikis, James Van Der Beek. 135 min. Rated R. Comedy/Sci-fi.

Sci-fi concept of a community of miniaturized people opens as another interesting Trump era movie on racism and xenophobia (because 'American-born' still doesn't save someone from being considered an outsider ... right?), but then expands into a commentary on human societies, as even the most Utopian of utopias branched out from human civilizations will eventually corrupt into the usual social strata, with the rich exploiting the poor, reminiscent of Snowpiercer. And you know the further movie-end branching out won't cure the inherent decadence. So beware: if you’re expecting futuristic sci-fi ideas here (rather than a sociopolitical study), you’ll be disappointed.

PS: Thanks for the recommendation, JZ. I too was surprised newcomer Hong Chau wasn't nominated for an Oscar. Look how she has zero accent in real life.

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