Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Brand new trailer for Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

Brand new trailer for Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes "Ant-Man and the Wasp," a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of "Captain America: Civil War," Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale,  Judy Greer, Tip "T.I." Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.. .Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth, and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari wrote the screenplay. "Ant-Man and the Wasp" hits NZ cinemas on July 5, 2018.

Extinction Smashes Its Way to Stores on April 10th, 2018

Extinction Smashes Its Way to Stores on April 10th, 2018

Extinction Smashes Its Way to Stores on April 10th, 2018
Pre-orders Available Now for Standard and Deluxe Editions

Sydney, Australia – January 31, 2018 — Originally announced in June of 2017 and followed by a strong showing at E3, Iron Galaxy and Modus Games are excited to announce the release date for Extinction. Prepare to save humanity from the formidable Ravenii on April 10th, 2018.

Pre-orders are available now for the standard and deluxe editions of Extinction. The game comes in both Standard Edition as well as Deluxe Edition, which includes the ‘Days of Dolorum’ season pass. Players who want the season pass at a later date can purchase it separately.

In Extinction, players take on the role of the hero, Avil. The last of the legendary Sentinels – the only warriors capable of toppling the Ravenii – he is all that stands between the towering ogres and the survival of the human race. Featuring insane skill-based combat that’s not for the squeamish, you’ll have to traverse the environment with precision while executing devastating attacks on your enemies. Use your whip to launch Avil into the air while dispatching a full-scale assault on monstrous beasts who want nothing more than to decimate you and your world. Annihilate all that stands between you and rescuing the people of Dolorum from extinction.

Extinction will be available on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC on April 10, 2018.

For more information:

About Turn Left
TLD is a privately owned independent software and accessories distributor providing quality, innovative interactive software titles and accessories across Australia and New Zealand. The company's main objective is to provide its clients and customers with category leading software and accessories brands that deliver a highly satisfying entertainment experience.

About Iron Galaxy
Located in Chicago and Orlando and founded in 2008, Iron Galaxy is a leading independent video game development studio that focuses on tech outsourcing, porting and developing quality games. The company’s most notable products include Killer Instinct, Wreckateer, Divekick and Videoball. For more information, please visit

About Modus Games
Modus is a premier global publisher of video games across all major physical and digital entertainment platforms. The label prides itself on collaborating with talented developers around the world to bring innovative games to the masses. For inquiries, please email

Game Info
Name: Extinction
Publisher: Modus Games
Developer: Iron Galaxy
Street Date: April 10th, 2018
Platforms: PlayStation®4 / Xbox One / PC (Windows)
Category: Action
Age rating: MA15+



Forget what you know about electric automobiles, all those ridiculous eco-vans and toddler-sized sedans have been foreplay. A revolution is coming: this is your chance to be on the right side of it. Charge into the future with the Pfister Neon, available exclusively at Legendary Motorsport
As it turns out, those imaginary haters you're always ranting about are real, heavily armed and totally out to get you. Jump into Hardest Target, a brand new mode now available in GTA Online with a clean objective - slaughter the other team's Target and protect your own at all costs. Only the Target's life matters (and you can rack up bonus points for Target-on-Target violence), so the gung-ho approach is strongly recommended. Keep an eye on the timer though - the designated Target switches every minute, meaning you could find yourself attracting some unwanted attention at the drop of a hat. Earn Double GTA$ & RP in Hardest Target now through February 5th.
CEOs and Gunrunners alike are set to profit this week with 25% more GTA$ on Special Cargo Deliveries as well as a 25% boost on Gunrunning Research & Manufacturing through February 5th. And if your current setup is missing a certain je ne sais quoi, get in gear with discounts on select Bunkers, Special Cargo Warehouses and more:
·         Farmhouse Bunker – 25% off
·         Thomson Scrapyard Bunker – 25% off
·         Bunker Renovations – 25% off (styles and add-ons)
·         Mobile Operation Center Cabs – 25% off
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Drift through the Grand Senora Desert in this week's Premium Race or sprint through Vinewood Hills for big a GTA$ payout in this week's Time Trial, both available through February 5th:
·         Premium Race – "Rally" locked to Sports
·         Time Trial – "Casino"
Launch Premium Races through the Quick Job App on your in-game phone or via the yellow corona at Legion Square. The top three finishers will earn GTA$ and you'll get Triple RP regardless of where you place. To take a shot at the Time Trial, set a waypoint to the marker on your in-game map and enter via the purple corona. Beat par time and you'll be duly rewarded with GTA$ & RP.

South Park™: The Stick of Truth™ will be available digitally on PS4 & Xbox One

South Park™: The Stick of Truth™ will be available digitally on PS4 & Xbox One



Ubisoft® has revealed that South Park™: The Stick of Truth™ will be available for purchase digitally on PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on February 13, 2018. This will be the first time the award winning title has been available as a stand-alone purchase for next gen consoles. South Park: The Stick of Truth is rated R18+ and will be available for $44.95AUD.

Click the image below to watch the South Park: The Stick of Truth E3 trailer
South Park: The Stick of Truth, the winner of numerous 2014 game of the year awards, transports players to the perilous battlefields of the fourth-grade playground, where a young hero will rise, destined to be South Park’s saviour. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes an epic quest to become… cool.

Arm yourself with weapons of legend to defeat underpants gnomes, hippies, and other forces of evil. Discover the lost Stick of Truth and succeed in earning your place alongside Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny as their new friend. Fail, and you will forever be known…as a loser.

More information on South Park is available at:

Blade Runner 2049: Blu Ray Review

Blade Runner 2049: Blu Ray Review

"Drunk on the memory of perfection."
Blade Runner 2049: Film Review

A line uttered late in the piece of Arrival and Incendies director Denis Villeneuve's 35 years-in-the-making Blade Runner sequel seems to typify everything the follow up to the Ridley Scott helmed sequel has to live up to.

It's an almost insurmountable task that Blade Runner 2049 has ahead of it, given the lasting legacy Scott's first film laid down in cinema lore.

But Canadian director Denis Villeneuve pretty much nails it here, imbuing his film with both the DNA traces of the first and degrees of its own identity. (Ironic for a film about replicants and arguments over who was the original and who was not, some may say.)

The story (such as it is) follows Ryan Gosling's cop K, a Blade Runner who is pulled into a conspiracy which could threaten the relationship between synths and humans after a discovery that his boss (an icy Robin Wright) orders him to shutdown.

It's hard to divulge much more of the plot due to Villeneuve's on screen plea before the film to withhold spoilers to preserve the experience for those coming into it.

Blade Runner 2049: Film Review

And given how much of a career he's made of the journey and of enigmas (see Arrival, Enemy as prime examples) it's perhaps best to respect that.

Needless to say whereas the first Blade Runner centred on a quest for identity and a nagging discussion of self and self-awareness as it was pulled from Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the latest can't quite live up to the mysteries that preceded it.

But it comes damn near close, thanks to a self-referential riff on the first, the latest a story of sacrifice and of memory, and a film of tone and visuals up there with the best of the Villeneuve and Roger Deakins partnership.

Visually, the grime of the city sings out in terms of scope - and it's a darker, grittier cityscape than one last glimpsed in Weta's work on Ghost In The Shell, a dystopian depressingly tech-scattered world filled with sexualised holograms and copious Sony product placement. But its aesthetics are perfectly in keeping with the film's desire to be oh-so-pretty and depressing simultaneously.

As the puzzles within twist and reconfigure, the languid pace of the script by Logan's Michael Green and returning writer Hampton Fancher gives the film the enigmatic sheen it so desires to bathe in as it heads inexorably towards its destination. Themes of sacrifice, memory, creation and once again, identity reconvene into a relatively rich noir-esque story.

Blade Runner 2049: Film Review

Gosling is more than a match for Ford's original is-he-or-isn't-he Deckard; relatively emotionless but showing cracks here and there, Gosling's K is a protagonist worthy of the successor. And Ford's grizzled Deckard gives the actor a welcome depth not glimpsed for years.
Cuban actress and Knock, Knock star Ana de Armas as Joi, the AI which lives with K, has a tenderness that's simultaneously endearing and yet saddening; and Sylvia Hoeks' Famke Janssen-esque Luv is a strong villainess that's as robotic as she is callous.

It's not all perfect though.

Hans Zimmer's overly bombastic score lacks the subtlety of Vangelis' earlier score and has a tendency to shake the seats rather than emotionally rattle the core.
And Jared Leto's character, Niander Wallace, is frustrating in his arc and resolution thereof. There are some logical niggles that pepper the film as well, which are too spoilery to discuss.
It's almost as if outside of the core mystery that's being set up and the K and Deckard interaction, a little less thought has gone into the motives and actions at the expense of the world building.

There are inevitably nods to the first film - another version of the infamous origami unicorn exists and at least one shot of Gosling in the rain toward the end seems determined to re-frame the infamous Rutger Hauer rain-soaked shot - but it's fair to say that Villeneuve's managed to go his own way with Blade Runner 2049, which in itself is no mean feat.

Ultimately and against the odds, Blade Runner 2049 is less repli-can't, more repli-can.
Its reverence to its source material and the enduring legacy is both its strength and its occasional undoing. But it's once again a sign that perhaps director Denis Villenueve is a master of mystery, who takes the slightest story and, in this case, turns it into an artform of suspense and enigma that's as compelling and fascinating as it is emotionally distant.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Win a copy of WARU on DVD

Win a copy of WARU on DVD

Waru is a powerful, thought-provoking story from 8 female Maori directors.

The film premiered at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival and is currently having a successful theatrical run throughout the country.

About Waru

Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver.

The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follow one of eight female Māori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru's death and try to find a way forward in their community.

To win a copy, all you have to do is email  your details to this  address: or CLICK HERE NOW!

Include your name and address and title your email WARU!

Competition closes February 21st

Monday, 29 January 2018

Molly's Game: Film Review

Molly's Game: Film Review

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael cera, Chris O'Dowd, Kevin Costner
Director: Aaron Sorkin

Fusing Goodfellas and The Wolf Of Wall Street, Aaron Sorkin's take and directorial debut on the Molly Bloom story starts with an almighty bang, before settling for more conformist tropes of the biopic genre.
Molly's Game: Film Review

For those unfamiliar with the "Poker Princess", Bloom was the target of an FBI investigation over her running an underground poker empire which had members of the Russian mob attending.

But Bloom refused to give up the big names in the case, putting her on a collision course with a lawyer (Elba) and the authorities, determined to take her down.

Molly's Game, taken from the memoir Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker, starts with fire, a high stakes ticking story of Bloom's initial career as a skier, and how that fell apart when chance crippled her opportunity to take it to the next stage.

It's in the opening moments that Sorkin's penchant for sparkling dialogue combines expertly with clever editing and creates something that's tense with Chastain wonderfully espousing the words written for her Bloom.

Molly's Game: Film Review
Soon after, the polished and slick film settles for a calmer feel, one that's saddled with exposition and narration to tell the story - and while there's initial energy, the combination of that, flashbacks and sequences with Elba's lawyer Jaffey means the film loses some of its oomph.

But in the poker scenes, there's a palpable sense of tension and suspense - mostly due to how it's shot.

With Chastain's Bloom on the edges, and her business acumen being the main driver for her dilemma, there's a definite frisson bubbling away under these scenes.

Infuriatingly though, Sorkin's desire to characterise Bloom's reason for her predicament as being due to her relationship with her father is cloying at best and irritating given how much strength and independence he's imbued Chastain's Bloom with throughout. A reliance on flashbacks punches the sentiment further in, and even though Chastain and Costner work well on screen, it feels piecemeal and trite to boil it all down to this in the denouement.

Molly's Game is never better when Chastain is prowling through the screen.

Molly's Game: Film Review
With a sense of dynamism and a feeling of utter control, this is an anti-hero that we can get behind, even if the moral compass is guiding Bloom to her downfall and her reasoning. Chastain is electric and defies you to look away when she's in full control of proceedings, and the moments the cracks and chinks in the armour show, it's horrifyingly real and frighteningly vulnerable.

Ultimately, for Sorkin's debut behind the camera, he's relied on what you'd expect of him - dialogue heavy (a little too so in voiceover terms) and better in characterising moments for his protagonist rather than others around.

But nonetheless, Molly's Game is a film full of high stakes, led by a dazzling queen in this card deck - it's not exactly a full house, but it's certainly one that stacks the deck squarely in the chutzpah stakes and proves an occasional wild card.

Win a copy of Blade Runner 2049

Win a copy of Blade Runner 2049

About Blade Runner 2049

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. 

His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years.
Blade Runner 2049

To win a copy, all you have to do is email  your details to this  address: or CLICK HERE NOW!

Include your name and address and title your email BLADE!

Competition closes February 21st

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Logan Lucky: DVD Review

Logan Lucky: DVD Review

Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank
Director: Steven Soderbergh

Logan Lucky: Film Review

Back behind the camera after 4 years, director Steven Soderbergh's latest is a hillbilly heist-cum-low-key-shaggy dog story that's bizarrely watchable and surprisingly fun - if overlong.

Tatum stars as the titular Jimmy Logan, a divorced dad family whose luck always seems to be on the downturn. His brother Clyde lost part of his arm in Iraq and now works in a bartender and his sister Mellie (Keough) works as a beautician; the trio live in West Virginia and are as middle America as they come.

Fired from his latest job, Jimmy decides to assemble a crew to launch an ambitious plan to rip off the annual Coca-cola NASCAR rally. Calling on jailed crim and explosives expert Joe Bang (played with blonde buzz cut and grim humour by James Bond himself Daniel Craig), Jimmy decides to launch the scheme - regardless of the fact that Bang, their main helper, is incarcerated.

There's a great deal of low key humour and extraneous threads in Logan Lucky that, when all tied together, prove to make this film a bit of a home-run in many ways.

Logan Lucky: Film Review

From its John Denver tinged opening, via way of its child beauty pageants and talent shows to the embracing of the NASCAR racing itself, Logan Lucky becomes an Ocean's 11 style caper that's very much at the heart of midwestern America and its sentiments and values.

And the idea of a down-on-their-luck family trying to turn it all around and taking on the system very much goes to the heart of current American woes as well.

Tatum delivers a low-key turn that's watchable, relatable and imbued with a heart; equally, Driver delivers a slightly slower-voiced performance as a little brother who's very much in the shadow of his brother. Even Keough and Holmes as a slightly monstrous ex are spot on as well. Craig has a bit of fun, cutting loose as the locked-up crim - but none of the main characters have any hints of darkness around them, making them all seem greatly accessible throughout the contagious film's run time.
Logan Lucky: Film ReviewBut it's the script by first-timer Rebecca Blunt that helps Logan Lucky and elevates it into a story that's worth the ride. (One scene involving a prison riot and George R R Martin will go down as the single-most leftfield and welcome digression alone in cinema this year.)

Granted, it could have lost some time and some moments.

MacFarlane's boorish British race car driver seems a bit OTT and pointless; equally, Katherine Waterston is wasted in a role that demands little of her and Swank's turn as an FBI agent trying to get to the root of the heist feels like the film's extended proceedings for no good narrative reason.

All in all though, Logan Lucky, with its hillbilly hucksters, Oh Brother Where Art Thou? heist heart and terrific charisma, marks a welcome return for Soderbergh and a welcome diversion from all the other standard fare currently clogging the box office. 

New and iconic characters in Soulcaliber VI

New and iconic characters in Soulcaliber VI

Four characters, including a brand new one, join the SOULCALIBUR VI roster! BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe today confirmedGrøhXianghua, Kilik and Nightmare in the upcoming weapon-based fighting game. SOULCALIBUR VI will be launched in 2018 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC Digital via STEAM® and other distributors.

Click here to watch the trailer on YouTube:

The all new character to join SOULCALIBUR VI is an agent in black. Grøh's dedication to his studies and training earned him a place as one of Aval's Twelve. However, after his failure to deal with the Azure Knight, he lost his position within the organization. The infighting in Aval has delayed his punishment for now, and if Grøh hopes to protect his right to wield Arondight, he needs to once again prove just how strong he is.

Fans will be pleased to play again with previous iconic characters such as Xianghua, Kilik and Nightmare.
Xianghua learned how to wield a sword from her mother, Xiangfei, and the sword she inherited from her is a priceless treasure. When she was a child, she was enraptured by the beauty of her mother practicing the sword. Xianghua has added her own moves to the techniques. Her personal style relies less on taking her opponent down with head-on attacks and more on feints—landing a decisive blow only after her opponent has left an opening for her to exploit. The beauty and deadly grace of her movements can make it seem that she is dancing with her sword, and can captivate even her opponents!
Ever since the tragedy brought by the Evil Seed befell Ling-Sheng Su, Kilik has kept the Kali-Yuga firmly by his side. As the final successor to Ling-Sheng Su's techniques, he has devoted himself to his training, and is currently studying esoteric techniques under the legendary warrior, Edge Master.
When facing Nightmare, one must never forget that he is able to at least partially unleash the power of the sword. If he does, payers have to be prepared for a blow designed to kill in one fell cut. The souls of those struck down and devoured by the sword are like books that get added to the blade's seemingly never-ending library of fighting styles. Is there anyone who can stop the river of blood this sword leaves in its wake?

SOULCALIBUR VI will be launched in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC Digital via STEAM and other distributors. For more information about the game and other products from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe please visit:, follow us on Facebook at , or join the conversation at .




BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe today revealed more details about the intense gameplay in BLACK CLOVER QUARTET KNIGHTSavailable in 2018 on PlayStation®4 and PC Digital via STEAM® and other distributors.

Click here to watch the YouTube trailer:

In the Zone Control mode, teams of 4 players race to hold control of the target area. They will be able to fill the magic gauge by standing within the ring. In this way, teams can add more team members in the ring to increase the gauge fill rate, but run the risk of vulnerability to a full barrage from the opposing team. That’s a strategical choice!

BLACK CLOVER QUARTET KNIGHTS will be available in 2018 on PlayStation 4 and PC Digital via STEAM and other distributors. For more information about the game and other products from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe please visit:, follow us on Facebook at , or join the conversation at .

Win a copy of Maudie

Win a copy of Maudie

Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke 
MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. 

Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. 

Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. 

MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

To win a copy, all you have to do is email  your details to this  address: 

Include your name and address and title your email MAUDIE!

Competition closes February 5th

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Good Time: DVD Review

Good Time: DVD Review

Wearing its Euro-scuzziness like a badge of honour, Josh and Benny Safdie's Good Time is a nervy thriller that has a pounding first half, before slightly going off the boil.

In many ways, its ethos is the Dardenne Brothers via Luc Besson.

Robert Pattinson stars as Connie, who, at the start of the film, breaks his mentally handicapped brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of facility to help him rob a bank. However, unsurprisingly, this goes south, and Nick ends up being arrested.

Good Time: NZIFF Review

With Connie on the run and desperate to assuage some guilt over the incarceration, the clock ticks as he tries to do what he can to restore his brother's freedom.

There's absolutely no doubt the first half of this film, complete with its scummy outlook and its pounding Euro techno beat OST from Oneohtrix Point Never, is utterly thrilling, edge-of-your-seat stuff. Dragging out the pre-titles over a 20 minute period works well for the guerilla film-making ethos of the Safdie brothers, and it gives a pace to the film that's compulsive and nerve-shredding.

Setting on the streets gives it a vibe of the grubby and guarantees that those watching will be hooked, but the film comes slightly unstuck in its second half when Connie's forced into partnership with someone else, due to narrative constraints. It ultimately leads to a series of escapades, and despite the great settings (the streets at night, a fairground complete with Barkhad Abdi as a security guard), the frenetic pace disappointingly slows as it becomes a little more of a psychological insight into Connie and his family.

Pattinson is watchable throughout, imbuing his Connie with a sense of the desperate, yet a sense of being in control. With continual close ups, the Safdies bring a sense of the claustrophobic and the tense, draping everything in Euro neons and reds helps matters a lot too, and helps build atmosphere.

There are moments when the visceral edges help to really reach its potential as this gutter thriller plays out, but the film's desire to build up characters then dispose of them for narrative reasons make it hard to latch on to anything. And while Connie's still the centre of it all, and it's his odyssey, the time spent with others feels wasted.

All in all, Good Time is simply that. Nothing more, nothing less - it's a solid experience which feels like two films stylistically meshed into one pulsing lump that, like any sugar rush, lasts while you're in it, but feels like a comedown at the end. 

Friday, 26 January 2018

Win Tad The Lost Explorer prize packs

Win Tad The Lost Explorer prize packs

To celebrate the release of Tad The Lost Explorer in cinemas now, you can win a prize pack!

About Tad The Lost Explorer

Tadeo Jones travels to Las Vegas to attend archaeologist Sara Lavroff’s presentation of her latest discovery – the papyrus that shows the existence of the Necklace of Midas, the mythical King who turned everything he touched into gold. 

But this happy reunion will be clouded when an evil rich man kidnaps Sara in order to find the talisman and get infinite wealth. 

Along with his friends, the parrot (Belzoni) and his dog (Jeff), Tadeo will have to use his wit to rescue Sara on a trip around the world, where he will meet new friends ... and new villains!

Rated: G

 Tad The Lost Explorer is in Cinemas Now!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Downsizing: Film Review

Downsizing: Film Review

Cast: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Udo Kier
Director: Alexander Payne

With an eye on the insignificant and how small can mak a big difference, director Alexander (Sideways) Payne's Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig (briefly) clearly has lofty ambitions.
Downsizing: Film Review

Juggling genres from sci-fi to hippy utopia to humanitarian issues, Payne's film is such a mish-mash of anything that it slightly struggles to garner its own identity.

Set in a world where over-population is a real issue and where scientists have discovered there's a way to shrink people and their possessions down and relocate them to gated communities, Payne's film centres on Paul and his wife, the average middle American.

A terribly bland Damon plays Paul, an occupational therapist and middle American, who's stuck in the humdrum way of his life - unable to get into a new home with his wife (Wiig, who's in the film far too briefly), they decide to downsize.

Enticed by the idea of becoming millionaires and having everything they always dreamed of as part of the process (wealth and property are multiplied in value under the irreversible scheme), the pair decide to undergo the process.
Downsizing: Film Review

However, while Paul completes the procedure, his wife panics and leaves him before beginning - meaning that Paul is destined to find his place alone in LeisureLand, the community set up for smaller people.

Soon discovering the problems of the outside world still exist in Leisureland (crummy jobs, bad neighbours), Paul's dream of Utopia ends up more like a not for U-topia and he seeks his place in the world.

Toying with ideas of insignificance, a microcosm of a society that's less than idyllic, and a satire that has little to no bite, Downsizing aims for profundity but misses with a distinct thud.

It's helped little by Damon playing as bland as the script demands, time jumps that are less than crucial and add little to the drama.

Payne seems lost to know what to do with the little people, even throwing in some apparently timely talk of little people's rights - all the elements are in place in Downsizing, but frustratingly, the jigsaw is so messily assembled, it feels too much of a jumble to care about.

There's also the disturbing edges of Paul the white man American saviour in parts of the film, as the sadsack Damon tackles European attitudes, and Payne rolls out a thinly veiled Asian stereotype in Thai dissident and one-legged cleaner Ngoc Lan Tran, played by Hong Chau.
Downsizing: Film Review

It's uncomfortable in the extreme and while the excuse script calls for it may be generous at best, it certainly doesn't sit right as the back half of the film meanders to a Lilluptian conclusion.

Ultimately, the fact that Downsizing has had its dramatic teeth shrunk down narratively does it no favours.

There's a kernel of a great idea here, and a doomsday-preppers style story which could have been smartly and cleverly executed. But the clever premise of Downsizing is squandered in an indulgent script and story which shrinks and shrivels as much as its titular characters.

The only way to perhaps enjoy Downsizing is to massively shrink any expectations you have before going in.

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