(This review may contain spoilers).
When I initially saw this movie advertised, I was really intrigued by the idea, especially as over-crowded population is a very real problem faced by humanity today. And even though the science wasn’t really explained to a satisfactory level, I still thought it was interesting to see the procedures humans had to go through before being downsized. However, the movie quite clearly broke its own rules when it came to shaving body hair, as said body hair was quite conspiciously left in a specific place on the men’s bodies.
While it was good to see there was some hostility between those who were regular sized and those who had been downsized, it was really only shown in short snippets involving society as a whole and only one person demonstrated hostility on a personal level – and that was someone who was very drunk and went on about voting, rather than any of the real issues he could have put voice to. And while Audrey’s mother apparently had problems wth it, I was only told about that. It wasn’t shown. The same with the families where some people had downsized and others had stayed regular size.
I felt that this movie couldn’t really decide what genre it wanted to be or what story to tell. There were a lot of elements that could have been explored to much greater potential and even though it was good to see how things were adapted for use in the small villages, there was very little shown about the problems they faced after having been shrunk. While it was good to see that there were some much darker parts of the society, that wasn’t really explored to any extent.
I thought there was a lot of potential in this movie, but that the problems that should have been faced by the downsized people were ignored or settled very easily. I don’t intend to watch this movie again any time soon.