Event Cinemas Marion invited us to a preview screening of Matt Damon’s new science-fiction dramedy, Downsizing, set to be released at the end of December. Damon isn’t the only familiar face you’ll see in this new film, as Christopher Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris and Kristen Wiig star in supporting roles. However, the performance of the film, and even potentially her career, comes from Hong Chau, who plays Ngoc Lan Tran, a Vietnamese dissident turned house cleaner. An unlikely, but entirely believable relationship evolves between Damon’s ‘pathetic’ character Paul Safranek and Chau's Tran, which is raw, humbling and amusing.
Hilarious and heartwarming, Downsizing epitomises the human experience against the backdrop of a dangerously overpopulating world. Scientists have successfully launched the voluntary ‘downsizing’ procedure, whereby humans elect to medical cellular reduction, and are reduced to a mere five inches tall in order to reduce their ecological footprint. This brand of ‘science fiction’ is much more believable - and relevant - than the usual space-oriented films this genre produces, such as Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy.
This is a film truly born out of this generation, and the prominent global concerns of the twenty-first century. Tackling issues such as climate change, extinction, poverty and the drawbacks of consumerism, Downsizing satirically mirrors modern society.
Thoroughly enjoyable, Downsizing is sure to get some laughs out of you, and leave you thinking about the future of humanity.
Watch the trailer below for a sneak peak!
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