‘Upside Down’ opens: Don’t view it with too much gravity, star says

March 15, 2013 | 7:39 a.m.

"Upside Down," opening Friday, stars Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess. (Millennium Entertainment)

Kirsten Dunst in the alternate-universe sci-fi romance "Upside Down." (Takashi Seida / Millennium Entertainment/Associated Press)

Jim Sturgess says he's not a "huge" sci-fi fan. The English actor, shown in a scene from "Upside Down," is also a musician.

Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst in the visually compelling "Upside Down." (Millennium Entertainment/Associated Press)

Truth be told, Jim Sturgess is not a big sci-fi fan.  But the actor has now appeared in both “Cloud Atlas” and  “Upside Down,” which opens in theaters Friday.

“Upside Down” stars Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst as star-crossed lovers in twin, inverted worlds governed by opposite gravity.  The worlds sometimes share the same frame. Reviews have been mixed, but the Los Angeles Times’ Gary Goldstein recommends that viewers not overthink it — just enjoy.

That’s advice echoed by Sturgess, who told CBS New York earlier this month that he’s not a “huge” fan of science fiction but that “Upside Down” was, at heart, a fairy tale.  With fairy tales, he said, “there’s a certain amount of artistic license.”

Adam, played by Sturgess, is a resident of “Down Below” and Eden (Dunst) lives “Up Top.”  The imagery is eye-popping.  “As they fight gravity, forbidden love and interplanetary edicts,” Goldstein writes, “complications — some fun, some exciting, some muddled — ensue.”

The alternate-universe film was directed by Argentina’s Juan Solanas, who reportedly would not repeat the experience “for any reason, not for all the money in the world.”  India.com reports, however, that Solanas is proud of the film — just exhausted after seven years of work and a movie budget that spiraled to twice its original estimate.

The jury’s out on whether the film will prove a winner at the box office.  But Sturgess stumped for it Friday on Twitter:

The actor, who is also a musician, puts his poetry/lyrics on Twitter.  Interestingly, to read the lines you have to start at the bottom and go up. It just might have you feeling upside down.

– Amy Hubbard | @AmyTheHub

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