Downsizing

2017

Action / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

122
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 56%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 56%
IMDb Rating 5.8/10 10 125374 125.4K

Top cast

Matt Damon as Paul Safranek
Hong Chau as Ngoc Lan Tran
Kristen Wiig as Audrey Safranek
Jason Sudeikis as Dave Johnson
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU 2160p.BLU.x265
1.13 GB
1280*534
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 15 min
Seeds 36
2.17 GB
1920*800
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 15 min
Seeds 88
6.94 GB
3840*2160
English 5.1
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 15 min
Seeds 40

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by longcooljolie 6 / 10

Excellent first half but goes off the rails quickly after

This came up on my Prime feed for watching after a hard day of work.

At first, the concept was intriguing and compelling. Solve some of the worlds problems with overpopulation and resource straining by allowing people to be "downsized" to approximately 5 inches, or roughly the same size as an action hero doll. There is even a "Truman" style all-encompassing village for them all to live in luxury in downsized mansions that would fit onto a real life dining table.

The leads, Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, are always bankable for bringing interesting characters to life, and the whole downsizing process for Matt Damon is breathtaking. That all happens in roughly the first half of the movie, but things go downhill fast after Christoph Waltz enters the picture as Matt Damon's obnoxious upstairs neighbor.

First off, earlier scenes show the Matt Damon character, "Paul" taking up residence in one of the Lilliputian mansions with his own yard around it. However, he later appears to live in some type of highrise with elevators without any explanation of why he moved (or maybe I missed it).

By the time the Paul character helps an Asian refugee and ends up visiting the "slum" of the small people neighborhoods to help a disadvantaged small person, I found myself clicking on the screen to see how much of the movie was left. Forty-five minutes? Ugh.

So chalk it up to bad execution or bad scriptwriting, but to me there's little wonder why the movie failed massively at the box office, reaping only a fraction of its production costs, bloated because of the breathtaking special effects from the first half. Eventually, I may see the final 45 minutes since Prime allows you to pick up where you left off, but I certainly won't go out of my way to do it!

Reviewed by dutchs-1 7 / 10

And then it gets weird

The first third of this film rolls along smoothly. A size reduction technology allows people to become 5 inches tall, with the result that modest wealth in our world becomes vastly multiplied in the miniature world. Before downsizing, people have to have all foreign matter, like tooth fillings, removed. (We find out later what happens if they're not.) Matt Damon and his wife (Kristen Wiig) decide to transform, but his wife, er wiigs out at having all her hair removed and chickens out. Matt gets miniaturized, and how do you get miniature people off the gurney? With a spatula, of course. He comes to and gets a call from his wife when he leans that she's still normal sized. Matt moves into his mini-home, which in his world is a mega-mansion.

And here's where stuff starts getting weird. Suddenly he's living in an apartment building with upstairs neighbors. I must have blinked because I have no idea how that happened. His upstairs neighbor is Christoph Waltz. I'm so used to seeing Waltz in sinister roles I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Waltz is indeed a scoundrel, but he never does Damon any dirt.

Repressive regimes, it turns out, find downsizing very handy for getting rid of dissidents. Damon encounters a Vietnamese activist who smuggled herself into America, after being imprisoned and shrunk, and discovers there's a dark underbelly to miniature Utopia, shipping containers turned into mini-slums. Because somebody has to clean the houses and do the dirty work.

Lots of movies have a "Deus ex machina" to steer the plot. This one has a "diabolus ex machina," (devil out of the machine), in this case a massive release of methane in the Antarctic. So do we suddenly have catastrophic warming? No. Mega-storms? No. Catastrophic social upheavals? No. Pandemics? No. We end up at the first tiny-people colony in Norway, which is preparing to take refuge in an underground vault to ride out the extinction-level event. Damon decides to stay outside and go home.

It's awful hard to get excited about an extinction centuries in the future, especially when we're told it's an "actuarial certainty" but nobody has a clue what the actual cause will be. It's far easier to sympathize with Damon's discovery of the mini-underclass. But this film jumbles these themes around and pulls them out at random, like lottery balls.

Reviewed by Hellmant 8 / 10

I enjoyed it, as I do all of Payne's movies.

'DOWNSIZING': Four Stars (Out of Five)

A sci-fi comedy about a couple that takes part in a society experiment, which involves shrinking their bodies in order to fight climate change. The movie was directed by Alexander Payne, and it was scripted by Payne and Jim Taylor (the duo also teamed together on the screenplays for 'SIDEWAYS', 'ABOUT SCHMIDT', 'ELECTION' and others). It stars Matt Damon, Hong Chau, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig. The film has received mixed to positive reviews from critics, and it bombed at the Box Office. I enjoyed it, as I do all of Payne's movies.

The story takes place in the near future, when scientists have came up with a revolutionary way to fight global warming, and over-population, by shrinking people to about 5 inches. Much of society rejects the idea (as they currently reject the solution of veganism), and the ones that do take part in the experiment are harassed and criticized (much like vegans are now). Paul and Audrey Safranek (Damon and Wiig) are one couple that decide to volunteer for the experiment. The film then follows their story.

I love the premise for the film, and it's quite amusing to watch at times. Damon is good in the lead, and Chau is fantastic in her role. Payne is a very talented director and writer, and I love that he's willing to experiment (with mainstream filmmaking) by telling stories like this. It's a little too odd, and quirky, for most people, so I can see why it's failed at the Box Office. It's always interesting to watch though, and it had a lot of potential to be a great film, it's just a little too uneven in the end though. It's still a great filmmaking effort (even so) though.

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