At first I thought it would be difficult to find a movie a week that should never have been made. But then I remembered, naaahhh, this is Hollywood, they'll make anything.
Jesus, Jim Sturgess just cannot catch a break. The guy keeps getting cast in these bloated, artsy passion projects that never do anything for his career (Across the Universe, Cloud Atlas, and now this). A couple months ago I saw the trailer to this movie Upside Down, staring Kirsten Dunst and Sturgess and thought: Hm, well the visuals are kind of cool. But then the more I thought about it and the more promotional material I saw about the movie the more I thought: How the hell did this get made?
If you don't know yet, Upside Down (which opens Friday if you dare) is the story of two worlds that are on top of one another, and its forbidden apparently for those on the grungy, bottom world to fall in in love with the classy women of the upper world. But it happens between the two leads anyway, and they spend the rest of the film, hopping from one gravitational source to another while on the run from the Love Police I guess. It's the type of thing that if it was about eight minutes in running time, would be impressive. Someone could've directed the hell out of a good music video based on it, But an entire movie?
Seriously, watch the trailer. At first it almost seems like it's an SNL sketch making fun of movies like this. And then you realize that it's serious and it is actually about two worlds on top of one another with different gravity. And not only that, but Sturgess's character is willing to give up everything to get Kirsten Dunst. Kirsten Dunst! And not 2002 precocious Kirsten Dunst. 2013 no one gives a damn anymore Kirsten Dunst. Didn't the producers know that Zooey Deschanel is the only manic-pixie girl left at this point people are willing to betray their world for?