What if your life was about to turn upside down? Literally? What if you had some of your major life goals ready to be accomplished after years of hard work, and due to a sports injury, you were now seeing everything literally upside down?
That's what happens to Solomon, in the new movie release of Upside. His world comes to a screeching halt due to a head injury that causes him to see everything "upside down."
His observations and personal values of life change due to his injury and the people with whom he comes in contact afterward. He realizes that not everyone has things "as good" as he does, even after his injury. He connects with people he would have never met if it hadn't been for his injury. He begins to listen to what he feels is important, instead of listening to everyone else as they push him to make decisions.
I don't want to give away any spoilers on the movie, so I won't. I will say that we enjoyed watching most of the actors, although sometimes there seemed to be a bit of a pause between some lines, as if the actors weren't always as comfortable delivering their lines. The lines just didn't flow quite as quickly and smoothly as they do in some other movies. But we still really liked this film.
Upside shows the importance of having faith in God, which is so important. It doesn't quite meet the standard of covering faith in Jesus Christ as well as I've seen in some movies, but it wasn't against Christianity in any way. I did notice that one of the characters, a gal who is a follower of God, chose to date someone else who wasn't a follower of God, and we made sure to point that out to our daughters and discuss this pitfall with them. In all of the marriage situations my husband and I have observed, where a Christian has married a non-believer, it has been very uncommon for the non-believer to truly, wholeheartedly follow after Jesus Christ in that marriage, especially if the non-believer is the husband. It can happen, but it is not the norm. We want our girls to follow a different example, the example and command that is presented in the Scriptures, that when two people date or court and then marry, it is very important that they both have a strong faith in Christ.
Also, there was one phrase used in the film that I wouldn't have expected in a Christian movie, when one of the characters got very angry and expressed how he was ----'ed off at someone. That surprised me, and we all felt that this language should have been edited from the film. I was always taught that this was a "swear word", and I would not ever use it, nor would I want my children to use that kind of language.
Other than that, we enjoyed watching Upside. It was a fun and relaxing, family-friendly movie with nothing else that would concern me about families watching this with their children. Because of the themes expressed in the movie, I would say that this film was designed for ages 10+.
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