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DownsizinG Review

Updated: Feb 19, 2018

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.


When I saw the trailer for this I thought it was going to be a wild and fun ride with Matt Damon and Kristen Wigg in what was supposed to be a more scientifically just “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” movie but I couldn't have been more wrong, but this isn't a bad thing!

The movie focuses on the planets overpopulation problems and how to solve the human races inevitable starvation and extinction. A Norwegian doctor (pretty confident it’s Norwegian, played by Rolf Lassgård) comes up with a solution of miniaturising people to under an inch in height with no negative side effects which goes into mass production 5-10 years after being perfected. People who choose to do this are essentially millionaires as all their assets are scaled up (you wouldn't buy a £2m house as a 1 inch person, you’d buy a glorified dollhouse for £300).

After deciding to go miniature, the couple Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) & Audrey Safranek (Kristen Wigg, total screen time: 2 minutes tops) start the process which includes removal of all hair and teeth replaced as it seems these can't be miniaturised and then left to rest for a couple of hours to recover. Once Paul wakes up however he’s finds his wife has done a 180 and decided she couldn't go through with the process. This being a one way thing they end up getting a divorce which leaves Paul broke and 1 inch in height working in a call center.

After meeting his cool neighbour Dusan Mirkovic (Christoph Waltz) and new love interest Ngoc Lan Tran (Hong Chau) they depart to Norway to meet the doctor who perfected the miniaturisation process and see the “First colony” which is the first small town. This is where the movie takes a slightly darker turn. The doctor admits that the earth has gone past the point of no return. People aren't shrinking fast enough and the damage has been done so they decide they are going down into a vault for the next 5000 years.

The special effects throughout the film are minor but very well done. Not that its a large point but I liked how they made the water look (microscopic sort of view)

By far my favourite scene in the movie is where they seal the entrance way to the vault

I’ve given this movie 7 / 10

Check out the trailer below:

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Review by Adam Cooper

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