With big summer blockbusters including Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim, and After Earth, and smaller cerebral films like Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, 2013 is poised to be a great year for science fiction. One film that seems to be under the radar is Upside Down, the newest film from Argentinian director Juan Diego Solanas.
Upside Down has an intriguing premise. It follows Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst), two teens who fall in love despite the fact that they are from two separate twin worlds, with gravities that pull in opposite directions. They met as children, but 10 years after a forced separation, Adam sets out to reconnect with his past love. Watch the film’s new trailer below:
The photography of the film looks amazing, albeit a little obsessed with the blue and orange color scheme contrast of recent movie posters. The visuals are equally spectacular. The film does a great job conveying the feel of falling and the imagination that comes along with depicting two polar opposite worlds.
According to the film’s Wikipedia page, Upside Down has three rules of gravity:
- All matter is pulled by the gravity of the world that it comes from, and not the other.
- An object’s weight can be offset by matter from the opposite world (inverse matter).
- After some time in contact, matter in contact with inverse matter burns.
The film’s U.S. distributor, Millennium Entertainment, has also released a new clip to illustrate how gravity works in Upside Down. Take a look at the two-minute clip below:
The only concern moviegoers should have is the underlining story. Clearly it has visions of Romeo & Juliette and the biblical creation story of Adam & Eve, but it might not be enough to sustain the film’s amazing look and feel. Let’s hope this one isn’t too cheesy and on-the-nose.
Upside Down will hit theaters everywhere on March 15th.