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19.11.2023

Review: The Movie “Downsizing” (2017)

By Anastasia Baraeva
2 min read

Can you believe that all the uncompostable waste you produce over four years can be the size of one trash bag? “It might be possible if you get smaller”, the creators of a new sci-fi film “Downsizing” claim.  

In an effort to lower the environmental footprint that humans have on the earth due to overpopulation, scientists have developed technology to shrink humans to five inches tall. The entire population is supposed to be packed into a space the size of a football pitch, spend money a lot further, and use resources limitlessly. The new miniaturized world looks awfully appealing to one married couple who struggles financially. However, after the downsizing procedure, the man has to face “little” problems on his own. This leads him to the outskirts of the tiny world that the brochure and promotional video never mentioned.

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Photo by Phil Hearing on Unsplash

No matter how hard I ponder “Downsizing”, this movie is a soggy, twice-used tea bag of a performance. Seeing the world from another perspective should be an awe-inspiring experience, and while many of the characters feel such awe—for instance, over a gigantic dragonfly—the audience does not. The main character, who is two-dimensional, ultimately makes little in the way of earnest change and, as a result, never becomes anything more. Every time the plot course-corrects, it’s like hitting the reset button and starting all over again. Above all, the creators stretch the meandering story for over two hours, which obviously needs of reduction and simplification.

Anyway, if you are looking for a nice, empty-brained evening at the movies, “Downsizing” is the ticket to buy right now.