Starring Matt Damon, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig. Director Alexander Payne.
You can’t help but wonder how dogs, cats, rats, flies and the like would react to 12cm-tall humans. Downsizing glosses over such important questions in its simplistic rendition of humanity’s bleak prognosis – the solution here is to shrink people so they consume less. Damon’s character is vanilla flavoured, while Hong Chau’s portrayal of a Vietnamese activist is shrilly stereotypical. This is a bit sad because the concept is imaginative and lends itself to something bigger and better. But there’s some fun to be had here even though the heavy-handed message has been supersized.