Downsizing follows kindly occupational therapist Paul Safranek (Matt Damon), who turns all of the ‘man-made global warming’ junk on its head by undergoing a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall, and 0.364% of his original size, so that he and his wife, Audrey (Kristen Wiig), can help ‘save the planet’ and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time, as – for reasons unexplained in this trailer – their $52,000 savings translates to $12.4m in ‘Littleland’, while they can have a nice, plush house built for them.
You have a feeling that something’s going to go wrong at some point but, coming from the director of the superb Sideways (Alexander Payne), Downsizing looks brilliant and while it was released in the US just before Xmas, and then in the UK on January 19th, I really wanted to see this, but hardly any cinemas were showing it. If that was also your experience, then now, your need is satisfied!
The film also stars Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgård, Ingjerd Egeberg, Udo Kier, Søren Pilmark, Jason Sudeikis, James Van Der Beek, and the Blu-ray includes nearly an hour of fascinating bonus content with six behind-the-scenes featurettes, showing how the director’s unique vision was brought to life, as well as checking out the production design and visual effects behind the miniaturised world of Leisureland, and much more!
Downsizing is released on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally on May 28th. Check out the Amazon links above.
Check out the trailer below and click on the packshot for the full-size image.
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