Upside Down Flips My World Upside Down


“The universe, so full of wonders. I could spend hours and hours looking up at the sky. So many stars, so many mysteries. And there’s one very special star that makes me think of one very special person.” (Photo used with permission of Alex Rodgers)

Natalie Wilson, Features Editor

Winding viewers up with its out-of-this-world conceptual science and phenomenal film filter, Upside Down by Juan Diego Solanas is a movie that, once started, cannot be interrupted to even get up to go to the bathroom. Critics rave over the flattering colors and ground-breaking plot, saying it could be a movie that inspires films to come for several years ahead.

Adam Kirk (Jim Sturgess) and Eden Moore (Kirsten Dunst) trap everyone in their romance together, a story coming to the viewer from two very different worlds. Up Above and Down Below are two planets with dual gravity, a scientific theory which allows the planets to orbit each other in extremely close proximity, each with their own force of gravity. However, this unique setting comes with its own set of rules:

  1. All matter is pulled by the gravity of the world that it comes from and not the other.
  1. An object’s weight can be offset using matter from the opposite world (known as inverse matter).
  2. After a few hours, matter in contact with inverse matter burns.

Up Above is a futuristic, flourishing planet with advanced technology and rich lifestyles, while Down Below is an impoverished world with secondhand mechanics, set back by the “Big Blast,” an oil refinery explosion caused by TransWorld.

TransWorld, the enormous epicenter of this love story, is the only building accessible by both worlds, reaching between the atmospheres with two entrances and millions of workers. Its sole purpose is to create an inspiring environment for inventors from Up Above and provide a merely sufficient amount of positions to those from Down Below to convert Above’s inventions into a “compatible version,” better phrased as a lesser product to be sold at unreasonable prices for the markets of Below.

The story begins with Adam, a humble engineer of Below who works to make ends meet. His drive in life washed away when Eden, a girl from Above whom he had met through dangerous circumstances as a kid, slips away from his fingers in a seemingly fatal accident. However, when he discovers that she is still alive and putting in hours at TransWorld, he makes it his mission, no matter the cost, to reunite with the love of his life. His help comes from a secret, passed down to him through his Great Aunt Becky, his only family left after the Big Blast.

Becky teaches Adam the secret of the pink bees- the only animal that exists in both worlds. Pink bees produce a pollen that can defy gravity. By using the pollen to create plans for an anti-gravity face cream, Adam takes his invention to TransWorld, who excitedly admits him on staff to mass-produce his cream, unaware of his true intentions. Defying the warning of his friends and the numerous setbacks placed before him, Adam goes against all odds and reunites with Eden, proving their love is stronger than gravity.

Upside Down not only has an original story incomparable to any modern block busters, but also stunning imagery that places the audience in another world. All of the movie sets are created with spectacular standards, and the special effects are crafted into an asset rather than a sea of computer generation. If romance or science fiction are your type, Upside Down delivers a movie constructed with grace and intrigue, deserving a spot on your Netflix queue.