- Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Timothy Spall, Agnieshka Wnorowska, Neil Napier, Jayne Heitmeyer, Frank M. Ahearn, Heidi Hawkins, James Kidnie, Holly O'Brien, Larry Day, John Maclaren, Don Jordan, Vincent Messina, Holden Wong, Nicholas Rose, Elliott Larson, Noel Burton, Jesse Sherman, Paul Burke, Paul Don
- Director: Juan Diego Solanas
- Writer: Juan Diego Solanas
- Producers: Claude Léger, Dimitri Rassam, Aton Soumache, Jonathan Vanger, Alexis Vonarb
- Executive Producers: Phil Hope, James W. Skotchdopole
- Art Direction: Isabelle Guay
- Casting: Susan Forrest
- D.O.P.: Pierre Gill
- Editor: Paul Jutras
- Makeup: Colleen Quinton
- Music: Benoît Charest
- Production Design: Alex McDowell
- Set Decoration: Paul Hotte
Ever since Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) fell in love as teens, their bond has faced astronomical odds. The pair are separated not just by social class and a political system bent on keeping them apart, but also by a freak planetary condition: they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions—he on the poverty-stricken planet below, she on the wealthy, exploitative world above. Their budding but illicit romance screeches to a tragic halt when interplanetary-border patrol agents catch them and Eden suffers an apparently fatal fall. But when, ten years later, Adam learns she is alive and working at a vast corporation whose towering headquarters connects their planets, he sets out on a dangerous quest to infiltrate the company and the upper world to reconnect with her. "Upside Down" is a visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Montreal, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Some violence
- Production Budget: $60 million
- Production Companies: Jouror Productions, Onyx Films, Studio 37, Transfilm
- Production Schedule: March 2010 - June 2010
2013 Guide Analysis: "Every now and then a big budget sci-fi film slips through the cracks. Usually it is because it is made outside the Hollywood system as a foreign co-production of some sort, and so won't fit the action-adventure formula that dominates the genre. Ultimately though some of these films do breakthrough like "District 9," while others stumble such as the Jared Leto-led "Mr. Noboby".
One film that seemed to arrive out of nowhere a year ago was this $60 million sci-fi romance starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess. Beyond their casting back in late 2009, not much was reported about the project until late 2011 when a highly impressive French promo trailer (with a ton of completed visual effects) was revealed and sadly pulled shortly after. A year after this first trailer appeared, an almost identical one arrived the other day finally trumpeting the U.S. release in March this year.
A French production shot in Canada for the English language market, the story is set in an alternate reality where there are two separate worlds. One is inverted, affluent and hovering over the other. A humble guy from the world below holds on to the memory of a girl he met in his youth from the world above. When he catches a glimpse of a grown-up version of her on television, nothing will stop him from getting her back - not even the laws of physics.
The project was originally taken to Hollywood and shopped around, but ultimately European partners were brought on instead as they wanted the film to be driven primarily by its director and not studio executives. Argentinean director Juan Diego Solanas helms the film, which is already drawing comparisons to high-concept smart sci-fi tales like "Inception" and "Gattaca".
Not only is there the physical difference of a world hanging above one's head, the filmmakers also explore issues of a class system - the residents of 'Down Below' are seen as lesser people and a widespread xenophobia on both sides makes it illegal for people to have contact with those from the other world. There is also some highly impressive action on display which plays about with gravity in all sorts of inventive ways.
Scoring a release in many European and Asian territories throughout the second half of last year, reviews praised the visuals, the effects and the imagination on display. There was, however, quite a few criticisms regarding the script and the film's unbelievable romance which strangely throws in a cliched amnesia angle. There's also a couple of times where the fun with gravity defies belief for the sake of storytelling convenience. Nevertheless the word is good, and it sounds like one worth seeking out."