Downsizing

Rated:
R (for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use)
Running time:
135 minutes
Synopsis:

Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community - a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Release date:
December 22, 2017
Quick review:
At a time when most movies have a deficit of good ideas, Alexander Payne’s imaginative new sci-fi comedy has a surplus of them. Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig are a Midwestern couple who shrink down to 6 inches to inhabit a tiny community where their meager savings make them rich. Some clever scenes, and rich supporting roles for Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau, but the movies multiple commentaries on inequality, materialism, immigration, and environmentalism make for a crowded narrative.
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