Downsizing

Downsizing

DVD - 2018
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When scientists find a way to shrink humans to five inches tall, Paul and Audrey Safrane decide to ditch their stressed out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community. Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger.

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mr_chocolate
Oct 03, 2018

This is not a comedy, however does take an introspective look at humanity, with thoughtful dialogue and ramifications. This film does asks the question, if given the technology would we be willing to irreversibly shrink ourselves to 5 inches tall to protect the environment, Earth. Become less and to demand less.
This is a fine film, that moves along methodically, but find the journey well worth the thought and vision.
Good performance by the main characters, Matt Damon, Hong Chau, Christoph Waltz and supporting actors and actresses including Kristin Wigg, and Jason Sudeikis and Rolf Lassgard.
There is no special features on this DVD.

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smcarr1949
Sep 30, 2018

This is a good movie, not a great one overall, but it has its moments. In the end it's a movie about people, the relationships between them (us) and what in the end they (we) find most valuable. It's not a comedy from any aspect. But, it is a metaphor for the place humanity finds itself in at this particular juncture in history. From reading the comments it's obvious a lot of folks were disappointed, and considered it a huge waste of time. I've watched it several times, and each time come away with something valuable. The profanity one reviewer mentioned was to me, an important aspect of the story line, and as all comedy is based in pain provides a bit of both at just the right moment. It's the subtlety of both the movie and the acting I found most enjoyable, a wonderful respite from the normal pummeling of FX and CGI, titillation and excess, bad behavior and ugly consequences that make up a large portion of cinema today.

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JackamoJames
Sep 16, 2018

had promise but halfway through just seemed to meander with no real purpose as if someone didnt quite know what to do with it...

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Les_J
Sep 15, 2018

I agree with lgraf, not funny.
The trailer was bogus.
I guess anything Mat Demon does anymore is crap.

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lgraf
Sep 13, 2018

Worst movie ever...what a waste of time! Said it was a comedy, not the least bit funny.

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whiteturtles
Sep 05, 2018

Very interesting film with a big message, I enjoyed it and gave me a few thoughts!!

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humbleworm
Aug 31, 2018

I read The Littles as a child and thought Downsizing might be like that but this has a bigger message. The acting is not outstanding, although I think that can be forgiven for its primary focus is on ramifications of the premise and pantropy. There's a surprising amount of speculative fiction on miniaturization and the story that comes to mind first after watching this film is James Blish's "Surface Tension" (1952).

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shlby69m
Aug 29, 2018

Real situations of future technologies. Kind of like would you go into space with spouse even if you didn't want to? What if you had children who wanted to go back but couldn't? Serious questions to consider. Only this is about downsizing your body. Very interesting. Went longer than my attention span could, yet juuuuuust complex enough to watch to the end.

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carolcollins1
Aug 29, 2018

A few interesting scenes, that is all.

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toberhanno
Aug 23, 2018

I'll have to agree with others that this film won't be your worth spending your time on.

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jimg2000
May 02, 2018

And then of course, when we get to politics, Israelis shrinking Palestinians,
-Ron...
African dictators shrinking rival ethnic groups.
-Ron. Look, Ron. In any major transformation of society, are there serious growing pains?
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In the 1950s, the institute identified over-population as mankind's single greatest long-term threat, the cause of all the catastrophes we are seeing today-- extreme climate and weather events, and the devastating impact on food and water security.
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No offense, but um... do you think if you're that small you should still have all the same rights as the rest of us normal-sized people? I mean, like the right to vote?
-Why wouldn't we?
Oh, well, jeez, let's see, um... You don't buy as many products, you're not paying as much sales tax, and some of you aren't even paying any income tax. I mean, you're not really participating in our economy, are you?

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jimg2000
May 02, 2018

The world has already seen five major extinctions, and now there will be another. I...I didn't want to believe it. None of us did, but there we were in Helsinki, big and small. Climatologists, bacteriologists, demographers, physicists, immunologists, 26 Nobel Prize winners among us. We built all the models, did all the math, and all conclusion was consistent. Homo Sapiens will soon vanish from the Earth. It is now an actuarial certainty. No matter how the end will come-- environmental disaster, pandemic disease, unbreathable air, impotable water, not enough food, nuclear winter, some combination of them all. Relatively soon the Earth will indeed purge itself of human life, and God knows how many other species.

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jimg2000
May 02, 2018

Friends tell friends the truth. Okay, maybe sometimes I'm a little bit asshole, but the world needs assholes. Otherwise where would shit go out?
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Equivalent value. You're solidly inside the Blue Chip zone. In Leisureland your $152,000 translates to $12.5 million-- to live on, for life.
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When you know death comes soon, you look around things more close.
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Oh, did you hear about all that gas being released in Antarctica? From the ice? The methane?
-Oh, I haven't really been following the news that much lately.
Apparently it's a big deal. Scientists are saying the more the ice melts, the more methane comes out making more ice melt.
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I ask myself, Dusan, why the people they want to become small? To help the environment? Please. They become small to have the things which until now were only for the rich, which, by the way, is the genius of the concept.

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Lucik32
Apr 05, 2018

“What kind of f* you give me?” “American people give eight kind of f*. Love f*, hate f*,sex-only f*, break-up f*, make-up f*, drunk f*, buddy f* and pity f*.”

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