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Downsizing

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5.72 h 15 min2017X-Ray15
When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a downsized community.
Directors
Alexander Payne
Starring
Matt DamonChristoph WaltzHong Chau
Genres
Science FictionDramaFantasy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Kristen Wiig
Producers
Mark JohnsonAlexander PayneJim TaylorMegan EllisonJim BurkeDiana Pokorny
Studio
Paramount Pictures
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3.9 out of 5 stars

1530 global ratings

  1. 47% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 17% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 10% of reviews have 1 stars
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greatBigMASSIVEReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing - so much potential
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Going to keep this short and sweet.
I love movies, I've an open mind and this movie really does start of excellent - it covers the entire dawn of the "small" people, how it was found, how it was commercialised. You've got a great film right following Matt Damon's character as he gets shrunk and deals with life there.

Christop Waltz' character and his side-kick are great and you think it's going to go somewhere with smuggling small things in and Matt's going to be taken on a crazy roller coaster ride - only it doesn't.

In comes a one-legged cleaning lady - she's an American actress in real life and she puts on one of the most aweful Vietnamese accents you will ever hear. Why didn't they get a real asian actress in to do that role??

Anyway, from then on, you may as well not be watching a movie to do with big or small. None of the movie from that point on covers big/small - it's just a movie about a man meeting a strange woman.

The last half of the movie could have been any old movie.
The trailer doesn't cover any of that side and makes you feel like you are going to watch a crazy sci-fi covering all the pros and cons of being small.

It doesn't - you will be disappointed.
UNLESS! - you don't mind her accent.
A waste of Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz acting and a waste of an idea that could have gone down so many cool paths but didn't. It's like the writer forgot what they were suppose to be covering half way through.
3 people found this helpful
C. CastleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 July 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't work this time... but the concept still could.
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The problem with this film, is that it shouldn't be a film. It should be a long running, glossy, high-budget TV show. The premise is great, but it throws up so many questions of ethics, politics and sociology that it swamps itself, unable to satisfyingly answer any of its own questions. The first half of the film is endearingly amusing and interesting - the second is meandering and full of mistakes. For instance, in a scene when it is raining, the rain drops should be the size of tennis balls. And a trip down the Norweigan Fjords... a busy stretch of water - the bow wave from a normal sized boat would have wiped them out. Unfortunately, they try to gloss over these glaring errors but they stick with the viewer and pull you out of your ability to suspend disbelief. Amazon Prime - remake this as a tv-series please!! Let's explore Leisureland at, a little more leisure.
7 people found this helpful
Anoush XoklengReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't go into that hole!
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What initially appeared to be a silly comedy turns out to be a very clever movie. Do not expect cheap laughs, instead what you get is that kind of humour that you can only enjoy with a degree of tolerance to yourself. There are some politically incorrect jokes (which is good), but also moments that may bring you close to tears. I didn't really care about the character's size (or 'how realistic' the whole thing is -as we seen in other reviews). For me, this is a film about small sizes and big hearts. It's about empathy, altruism and fight against 'feeling small' (depression).

'Downsizing' also speaks about humanity's tendency to make the wrong decisions for the common good. It is a call to reviewing what we call 'humanitarianism; - the basis of our international politics today, This films touches on more delicate subjects - it works as a critique of the celebrated pessimism that both media and so called 'climate science' are eager to propagandise as 'our common destiny' - The Planet is going to melt and we are all going to die. The solution: let's downsize ourselves and move to a hole inside Earth. Can't see a better way to characterise the failed 'scientific mindset' these days.

Actually, this is possibly the only film I'm aware of that clearly suggests those 'Extinction' groups are part of a cult. (Of course Scandinavia has to be represented - to suggest Thunberg's Sweden, perhaps). This film speaks about humanity's broken dreams and failed aspirations while trying to 'save the world'- and for this reason, but not only, it deservers a standing ovation.

PS> Matt Damon has never been so unattractive, but his character represents EVERYTHING that is lacking in humanity nowadays - and this makes him particularly gorgeous to my eyes. Brilliant acting from all actors, specially the Vietnamese activist. Really. She deserves an Oscar.

A memorable film. Enjoy it.
Imre N.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Most of it is good entertainment but...
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The movie starts with a good concept and tries explore all aspects, and brings up some comical aspects... But at the end it leaves you scratching your head. The movie opens so many questions and leaves almost all of it open, but not in a 'we let the viewer to answer them' it's more like 'we ran out of money, time and ideas' or someone was drunk when doing the cuts. Will the world end? What happened to the wife? Are miniatures active part of society? Is it the way?...

I felt slightly cheated at the end. I mean, "the world will end, but I keep delivering food ... Unless a rat gets through the walls that is" ... The movie certainly needs a second episode to answer the questions it asked... Or two more and make it a trilogy... Then it could be 5 stars ... Until then only 3.
Sirus LeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 August 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
What was that?
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A disappointing film. Maybe it was also going to be a prelude to new series of the old TV series Land of the Giants?

Billed as a comedy it was really a polemic on how bad people are in the minds of some US producers/script writers with climate catastrophe the stick with which people can beat themselves up.

The number of 'the sky is falling' films coming out of the US at the moment is astounding. Are Americans really that scared of the future? Chicken Little used to be joke. Now it seems the little guy is mainstream.
AdamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t expect a comedy.
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A friend suggested we watch this and after finding it unavailable on streaming services we actually paid for it. As it turned out, it was not as enjoyable as he remembered it to be. It started off well but became pretty boring. In the end we fast forwarded through the second half as we were all waiting for it to end and found something better to put on.
There are some good social and environmental directions in the film but overall I found it to be a bit confused. It couldn’t work out what it was so just mixed them together.
MSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 June 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very good
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Quirky but enjoyable and humorous observation film about life's challenges. very time you think you've got a handle on where the plot is going something happens to spin it off in a random direction.

If you're looking for mindless amusement, it's probably not for you.
2 people found this helpful
DwheloReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 July 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Classic of Trailer taking you in one direction and the story going another....
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Wow, not at ALL what I expected it to be...
Original Hollywood trailer when in the Cinema suggested one type of movie, and it's not until i've seen the post DVD release trailer that i thought the story may go in a different direction. Neither of these set you up for the actual film path, and I like that.
Really liked the story (Except Damon's character, but he had to be that way for the story to work, not Matt's fault in any way).
Wife didn't enjoy it, but I did. Reckon as I know the story now, i'll see it very differently when I watch again
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