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In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?
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On a political level the movie was a rebuke of any coercive aristocracy where a supposedly superior upper class uses police power to oppress those "below." In the end, that divide was rebuked by the individualism of the movie. Adam was obviously as smart as and as worthy as anyone from the upper world. And Adam and Eden deserved every right to love each other.
The movie was sumptuous, soaring, a magical romantic sci-fi fantasy. I loved it.
Incidentally, I am just a fan. I have no connection with the movie. I was looking to see what subsequent movies the writer/director, Juan Solanas, has done. I am very saddened that I could find none. I hope he is actively working on something new and great, and that the commercial failure of this movie has not deterred him. Mr. Solanas is a great director/writer. The vision in this movie is unique and beautiful.
To enjoy this, it's essential to forego analysis and view it as the story of young lovers who, due to the worlds in which they live, can never physically be together unless they can pull off a virtual miracle. The message is clearly that love is a greater power than gravity, with a subtext that a single soul can split in the Great Void and become two separate people who unknowingly will devote their entire lives to being reunited. You have to believe in at least some of this philosophy; it's well worth the effort.
It's a dark film with a golden heart, visually beautiful and romantically believable. Jim Burgess (a terrific young British actor here using an American accent) lives on the impoverished world below, looking up at the world above, where Kristen Dunst lives. They connected as children, were separated by circumstance, and discover each other through coincidences which necessitate scientist Burgess finding a way for them to be together despite physical and political boundaries that seem insurmountable. This leads to a slightly awkward action theme of the upper earth bad guys trying to rip off Burgess' discoveries. But how could a 3-D movie not involve action?
I strongly recommend this film although I realize neither its theme nor its backdrop will appeal to everybody. It's worth watching just for the visuals - but there's deeper beauty on so many more levels if you just sit back and enjoy the ride.
This is Dunst 's second foray into a unique genre film in as many releases. Her previous, Oscar nodded performance in Melancholia challenged audiences as well, though in very different ways. She brings just the right level of sweet naivete to support this story. Sturgess (Across the Universe) likewise brings a beautifully child-like, heroic drive and desire to the challenges that endears you to his cause. This sense of innocence and joy is important to the style and in no way weakens the movie.
Innocence is important because the script and logic only work if you take it as a fable. Certainly the opening implies you should. Whether that was a fix or an intent, I'm unsure and there was no commentary to fill me in. But be warned, if you are going for a solid science fiction piece, you're going to gnash your teeth at the incomplete logic and plot holes. On the other hand, if you watch as a fantasy or, better yet as I indicated, as a fable, you won't be disappointed. It is a glorious fable of love, life, romance, power, politics, and creativity.
Writer/director Solanas made bold choices and had a great time conceiving both the flow and the setting of the story. He has you fall into his world and plays with your perception without apology. It is a rich tapestry with a great deal of fun and thinking that went into it.
As a first major release for Solanas, it is magical and shows immense promise. I will definitely be watching for his next project. And, in the meantime, we have this incredible piece of magical romance to feed upon, and it isn't a meal you should miss.