In 1989 Rick Moranis shrunk the kids for Disney, in 2017 Matt Damon hopes to shrink the general population for the betterment of mankind. The film takes the premise of how much better our lives could be if we were to miniaturize (think dollhouse mansions, conflict-free diamonds for a couple of dollars...) and sets it within the context of being a solution to overpopulation and climate change. "We've got the best houses, best restaurants". "Cheesecake Factory? We've got three of them". With the promise of a great new life, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to undergo the procedure.
When you "downsize", a modest $52,000 translates to $12.5 million, which allows everyone to live like tiny kings.
Directed by two-time Oscar-winner Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways) from a screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, Downsizing arrives in theaters on December 22.
Downsizing has been playing the festival circuit, having screened at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Like numerous successful films at TIFF, it also relies heavily on an excellent ensemble that includes Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, and, most notably, Hong Chau. It is playing at the London Film Festival this October.
The first full look at the upcoming sci-fi comedy Downsizing has been unveiled online.
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