Miniaturising humans has been a sci-fi staple since Raquel Welch went on a Fantastic Voyage in the sixties.

It’s also the plot device of Alexander Payne’s ambitious new film, in which Matt Damon is shrunk to five inches to begin a new life in a tiny community established to reduce environmental waste and combat overpopulation. However once he settles into smallville, his problems of course get bigger. Shrinkage to save the planet is a fantastic premise bursting with possibilities, and for much of its running time, Downsizing explores the rich potential of this high concept. The miniaturisation process itself also provides some terrific visual gags. A clever social satire that slots into the grey area genre of magic-realist drama (see also Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich).

Release Date:  11 April 2018
Format:  DVD Blu-ray
Starring:
  Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig

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