Downsizing

Downsizing

DVD - 2018
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"A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor"--www.imdb.com.
Publisher: Hollywood, California :, Paramount,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ♭2018
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm., in container
digital, optical, surround, Dolby 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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neyoscribbles May 16, 2019

It started off quite interesting with so many possibilities and foreshadowing of our world today. Somewhere along the way, it became super flat with cliché neighbours throwing “crazy” parties because the thing is, humans will be humans irrespective of their environment. Then, a new character enters and with her, creative scenes of “their world” are juxtaposed with our current society that is lacking morals and balance. Just when the premise becomes eye opening and not just a fantasy sequence, the movie ends with a terrible and completely out of nowhere ending… :s

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Bubblin1
May 02, 2019

Not really a comedy. It focuses more on the human condition and the way humans affect the environment. This film follows the life changes of the main character (Matt Damon) as he discovers whether he is basically a "taker" personality or a "giver" personality.

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CountAlucard
Apr 01, 2019

The title of this film, with it's twin connotations of simplifying one’s life and unwarranted firings to pad corporate profits, makes me wonder if the story of this film was once made of stronger stuff. It's backdrop of human-made ecological catastrophe certainly ups the stakes. As others have mentioned the film starts out promising but I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. In the end it asks more questions then it answers. If the idea is that, when a person is miniaturized, they can live with greater opulence (a selling point of the process Cristoph Waltz tells us) then why is there a ghetto of non-english speaking workers? Deliberate racism? By whom? And why would these workers miniaturize if life would be no better, and possibly worse, than at full size? So Matt Daemon can save them? And what’s Waltz up to? His character is a black market profiteer and he drops several ominous hints that there may be more going on in the world of miniaturized commerce than meets the eye. Why then include these details if they serve no purpose to the story? Why even have this character at all? It seems the real threat to a miniature community in a regular sized world is the very real possibility of extortion by way of a giant boot! I can appreciate the old Twilight Zone adage ‘People are Alike All Over’ but ‘Downsizing' instead opts for the old saw: ‘love conquers all’. I guess human extinction wasn’t that important after all.

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lind423
Jan 23, 2019

Great concept. Early part is promising, then becomes monotonous.

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danomcd
Jan 04, 2019

This really is a movie about nothing...which is incredible when you pair it with the amazing special effects and the technological accomplishment of downsizing. I am not sure if that is what they were going for but basically it is about a fairly pathetic and common man who tries to run from his problems and just becomes pathetic and common all over again. His accomplishment is only because someone else forces him to take action and when that force stops he goes right back to pathetic.
Not worth your time to watch.

JCLHeatherM Dec 25, 2018

Matt Damon's character Paul Safranek gets more than he bargained for when he downsizes his body to five inches and moves to Leisureland, New Mexico. Forced to start his life over after his wife backs out of the procedure, Safranek reevaluates how he views the world.

A 'one and done' movie for me, the film has an impressive cast with a convoluted story that loses stamina midway through.

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Nooksack20
Dec 20, 2018

Starts very slowly, but picks up steam towards the end. A real mind blowing fantasy movie.

LPL_WilliamO Dec 06, 2018

This is an odd one, but with an intriguing premise. The plot does end up veering in a weird way. There's a number of fun cameos including Neil Patrick Harris, Laura Dern, and Niecy Nash, and I personally would have liked to have seen more of Kristen Wiig.

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howdoyoupickabook
Dec 01, 2018

Very weird. Kept waiting for it to get better. Finally turned it off.

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kpelish
Nov 08, 2018

Starts off with a creative concept but the plot veers wildly in the second half. Interesting to watch the idea of miniaturization as a solution to climate change move from a weird scientific concept to hesitant adoption to general acceptance, as represented by the bland husband-and-wife team of Matt Damon and Kristin Wiig.

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jimg2000
May 02, 2018

And then of course, when we get to politics, Israelis shrinking Palestinians,
-Ron...
African dictators shrinking rival ethnic groups.
-Ron. Look, Ron. In any major transformation of society, are there serious growing pains?
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In the 1950s, the institute identified over-population as mankind's single greatest long-term threat, the cause of all the catastrophes we are seeing today-- extreme climate and weather events, and the devastating impact on food and water security.
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No offense, but um... do you think if you're that small you should still have all the same rights as the rest of us normal-sized people? I mean, like the right to vote?
-Why wouldn't we?
Oh, well, jeez, let's see, um... You don't buy as many products, you're not paying as much sales tax, and some of you aren't even paying any income tax. I mean, you're not really participating in our economy, are you?

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jimg2000
May 02, 2018

The world has already seen five major extinctions, and now there will be another. I...I didn't want to believe it. None of us did, but there we were in Helsinki, big and small. Climatologists, bacteriologists, demographers, physicists, immunologists, 26 Nobel Prize winners among us. We built all the models, did all the math, and all conclusion was consistent. Homo Sapiens will soon vanish from the Earth. It is now an actuarial certainty. No matter how the end will come-- environmental disaster, pandemic disease, unbreathable air, impotable water, not enough food, nuclear winter, some combination of them all. Relatively soon the Earth will indeed purge itself of human life, and God knows how many other species.

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jimg2000
May 02, 2018

Friends tell friends the truth. Okay, maybe sometimes I'm a little bit asshole, but the world needs assholes. Otherwise where would shit go out?
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Equivalent value. You're solidly inside the Blue Chip zone. In Leisureland your $152,000 translates to $12.5 million-- to live on, for life.
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When you know death comes soon, you look around things more close.
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Oh, did you hear about all that gas being released in Antarctica? From the ice? The methane?
-Oh, I haven't really been following the news that much lately.
Apparently it's a big deal. Scientists are saying the more the ice melts, the more methane comes out making more ice melt.
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I ask myself, Dusan, why the people they want to become small? To help the environment? Please. They become small to have the things which until now were only for the rich, which, by the way, is the genius of the concept.

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Lucik32
Apr 05, 2018

“What kind of f* you give me?” “American people give eight kind of f*. Love f*, hate f*,sex-only f*, break-up f*, make-up f*, drunk f*, buddy f* and pity f*.”

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