In the 2012 film Upside Down, director Juan Diego Solanas takes us on an imaginative journey through a romantic story of two worlds colliding. Starring Jim Sturgess as Adam Kirko, and Kirsten Dunst as Eden Moore, Upside Down is a science fiction fantasy movie that showcases the lives of two planets that orbit each other in close proximity.
In these two worlds, the social divide is stark, and the people living on the “Up Top” are wealthy and privileged, while those in the “Down Below” are poor and preoccupied with just surviving. Both worlds are separated by law and society’s caste system, and contact between them is strictly forbidden. This law is enforced with imprisonment or even death. The only connection between these two worlds is a company called “Trans-world.”
Adam is an orphan boy living in Down Below with his only close family member, his aunt Becky. Becky has a secret recipe for a flying pancake made from pollen gathered from both Up Top, and Down Below. One day, Adam climbs up a mountain and successfully reaches Up Top, where he meets Eden. As they wander into the woods, Adam uses a rope to pull Eden into his world, and they develop feelings for each other.
However, their relationship is discovered by an armed group from Down Below, and they come after Eden and Adam. Panicking, Adam drops Eden back onto Up Top before getting shot by the attackers. When Adam returns to the Down Below, he discovers Becky’s home burned to the ground by the same group. Now, Adam must travel to Up Top to reunite with Eden and win her back.
Upside Down’s Visual Appeal:
While the movie may not offer an entirely original storyline, its strength lies in the imaginative fusion of a classic theme and complex science fiction fantasy. The love story between Adam and Eden is relatively straightforward and not a dark and tragic tale like Romeo and Juliet’s story. Nevertheless, the movie effectively portrays the social inequality between Up Top and Down Below.
One thing that stands out in the Upside Down film is its stunning and visually appealing cinematography. It’s a feast for the eyes, with unique and special visual effects and beautifully presented scenes. The rain and snow that fall between the two worlds are mesmerizing, and the color palette perfectly captures the contrasting lives of the rich and poor.
Overall, Upside Down is a unique movie that offers an imaginative and futuristic storyline that captures your attention from start to finish. While it does not have an entirely original story, it presents a classic love story in a new and fascinating way. The movie also has a striking visual appeal that adds to the movie’s attraction. It’s a fascinating journey that allows you to experience a futuristic and romantic fairytale that is worth watching.