Down­siz­ing

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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.

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