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Downsizing


(2017)

Boring, Tedious and Dreary

Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
For language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use.
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Runtime: 135 minutes
Our Rating:
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Cast: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Rolf Lassgård, Udo Kier
Review by Diana Saenger

Let’s face it; Matt Damon is one of those actors who can play any man in a feature film. So of course I was intrigued to see Downsizing and how he played the character of Paul.

The film starts with an interesting few minutes that’s like watching David Copperfield doing his magic. A man approaches a crowd to explain how scientists in Norway have determined that overpopulation is the greatest threat facing humankind. And of course, the answer is to create miniaturize living creatures.

We can only imagine how the audience will respond to this but when a medium sized box is rolled out and two tiny people only 5-inches tall step out to show they are real people; the room explodes with applause.

Scene from Downsizing


Not too long after Physical therapist Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) is not enjoying his job or making enough to live on. When he learns a school friend (Jason Sudeikis) was downsized Paul is interested. After digging more into this idea Paul and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) learn more and decide to live the rest of their lives downsized in a the beautiful place of Leisure Land Estates.

 

Downsizing Couple

Recommended Audience:
Those who like Damon – regardless of a bad plot.