Fifth about The Seventh


Downsizing: with an interesting idea as a starting point, Alexander Payne’s film misses a big opportunity to make an impact. This modest sci-fi doesn’t decide if it wants to be a satire, an environment cautionary tale, a social critique; the final result is neither of those. It does not help that the main character is a pathetic victim of circumstances, without firm beliefs and just a bland, generic innate goodness. Matt Damon barely registers in this role. The supporting characters are just majorly annoying, and annoyingly, obnoxiously played by Hong Chau and Christoph Waltz. It’s hard to care for anyone or anything that happens, which makes the film feel overlong. The film has a serviceable but indifferent look, with the exception of some aspects of the production design.

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