Alexander Payne finally aired a first glimpse of his long-anticipated film “Downsizing” for movie fans at the theater-owners convention CinemaCon, and audience reactions were overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
The somewhat quirky and futuristic premise of the movie, as Payne describes it, is this: “It’s a movie that imagines what might happen if, as a solution to overpopulation and climate change, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink organic material. The scientists propose to the world a 200 to 300 year transition from big to small as the only humane and inclusive solution to our biggest problem.”
“Downsizing” is a sci-fi dramedy which was shot last year in Omaha, and opens December 22 of 2017. Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play the lead couple, who decide to shrink themselves to save on expenses.
Payne’s films (“Sideways”, “The Descendants”) are usually more along the lines of intense character dramas and deeply rooted in reality, so this premise is venturing outside his usual scope regarding concept, visual effects, and budget.
However, based on the buzz the screening at CinemaCon has created, it seems Alexander Payne may have managed to craft a brilliant movie once again.
As “The Playlist” stated in their review: “Let’s be clear, Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ … was literally jaw-dropping.”
We can’t wait to see the full film in theaters on December 22.