Film / Upside Down

"Gravity. They say you can't fight it. Well, I disagree. What if love was stronger than gravity?"

Upside Down is a 2012 sci-fi/romance film dealing with life in a rather unique planetary system. There are two planets, Up Top and Down Below. Contact between the worlds is usually forbidden. Things change when Adam, from Down Below, falls in love with Eden, from Up Top…

This film contains examples of:

  • Artistic License – Physics: Double gravity. The film runs on it (see Rule of Three below). Makes for an awesome concept, though.
  • Ascetic Aesthetic: The cubicle area of the Transworld building's Floor Zero.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Café Dos Mundos—Two Worlds Café.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The suits at Transworld are different colors depending upon if you're from Up Top or Down Below.
  • Cool Old Guy: Two, both of whom help Adam out in their own ways.
    • Albert, from Down Below, with the business he runs. He lets Adam experiment with the pink pollen and, despite his reservations, helps Adam sneak Up Top to meet with Eden.
    • Bob Baruchowitz, from Up Top, and an employee at Transworld. He befriends Adam and assists him both with getting on his feet in the company and with meeting with Eden. He also figures out how to make the pink pollen workable, and buys the patent for it out from under Transworld's noses—in Albert & Co.'s name.
  • Crapsack World: Down Below is far worse-off than Up Top. Up Top, through Transworld, even sucks all the oil out of it.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The whole movie's premise is basically an Anvilicious metaphor for social inequality.
  • Easy Amnesia: Eden gets this. In the beginning of the film she suffers from head trauma, leading to amnesia. When Adam finds her at Transworld she doesn't recognize him at first.
  • In a Single Bound: Inverse matter can help you pull this off.
  • Meaningful Name: Adam and Eden.
  • Mega Corp.: Transworld. They have a lot of clout, and Adam loses his parents (and, perhaps, his Aunt Becky) because of them.
  • Mundane Utility: You've got a formula for weight-canceling stuff that doesn't burn like regular inverse matter? Turn it into a beauty cream!
  • Oh, Crap!: Eden walks in on Adam's presentation of the beauty cream. He tries to turn around and avoid her seeing him, but she addresses him by Bob's name. From this, Transworld catches on that he's been using Bob's ID to get to Up Top—not to mention how Eden takes it when he says that she must be confused.
  • Plot Hole: Inverse matter seems only to obey the third law when it's (in)convenient. There's some hints that at least some types of organic matter may be immune, though. Still doesn't explain how the Transworld building or the oil pipelines don't spontaneously combust, though—or, for that matter, the food designed with the double-gravity in mind.
  • Rule of Three: Three laws of the double-planet system:
    • 1. Objects are affected by the gravity of the world they come from, not the other world.
    • 2. An object's weight can be offset using inverse matter (matter from the other world).
    • 3. Inverse matter burns after a couple hours' contact with normal matter.
      • However, these rules can be ignored as the plot requires. For example, eating food from the other planet doesn't cause one to spontaneously combust a few hours later, and smooching with offworlders seems to work OK as well.
  • Scenery Porn: Lots of it when both Up Top and Down Below are juxtaposed, be it an exterior shot or on the interior of the Transworld building.
  • Soft Water: When Adam is falling out of the Up Top ocean into the Down Below ocean.