Patema Inverted

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  • Summary: Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-likePatema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-like creature and tumbles headlong into a void – and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics, where if she let go she would “fall up” into the sky and be lost forever. Age is a student on this surface world, a totalitarian society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the “sinners who fell into the sky.” When he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree, he pulls her down to safety, struggling with all his might to keep her earthbound as she grips on to him for dear life. Together their weights cancel each other out, and once they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces, they set out to evade the leaders of Age’s world and discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart. [Gkids] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Aug 26, 2014
    80
    From the texture of the underground havens to the idea that our leads have to – literally – cling to each other lest gravity tears them apart, it’s a wonder of detail and ingenuity.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 28, 2014
    80
    The music is lovely, and the animation is soft and imaginatively detailed. Patema and Age may not know what’s upside down or right-way up, but their director is never in any doubt.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 28, 2014
    80
    At once a touching adolescent love story and a visually evocative portrait of society torn apart by literally competing forces, Patema Inverted is an uncommonly ambitious animated effort that beautfully illustrates the need for both physical and emotional connections in a topsy-turvy world.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 29, 2014
    63
    Yoshiura’s film resonates with the fantastic visions that we’ve come to hope for in the best Japanese animation. When the flat character design, two-dimensional villains, and unengaging narrative counter-act that, it falls flat. Like its two lead characters, it is of two worlds.
  5. Reviewed by: Dee Rudebeck
    Aug 26, 2014
    60
    The animation is intricate and beautiful but the narrative is clunky and heavy-handed in places.
  6. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Aug 26, 2014
    60
    It’s impressive but not dazzling.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 27, 2014
    38
    The film by Yasuhiro Yoshiura suffers from many of the same flaws as other anime features — a plodding pace, broad humor, a bland heroine and snarly, one-dimensional villains.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 9, 2014
    10
    This movie is outstanding. I really regret not seeing this movie in the cinema because this was visually stunning with outstandingThis movie is outstanding. I really regret not seeing this movie in the cinema because this was visually stunning with outstanding animation,great characters a well done english dub and a original plot that got me really invested i seriously was worried that i wouldn't be satisfied with the ending but it worked from start to finish. do what you can to see the movie in blu ray with the lights off because it makes for an amazing experience Expand
  2. Sep 24, 2015
    9
    When the sky is not the limit...

    Another direct-on-net release from the director of 'Time of Eve'. A very unique concept that resembles
    When the sky is not the limit...

    Another direct-on-net release from the director of 'Time of Eve'. A very unique concept that resembles Hollywood's live-action 'Upside Down'. It should not be a reason to you to discard from watching. In fact a lot better than that and completely a different storyline. When I picked to watch it I did not think it will reach beyond my expectation, but it did. And now it becomes one of the top rated by me among a few others from the year 2013. Anime movie fans must not miss it.

    Patema, a young girl who lives in the underground tunnels is curious about the outside world which is forbidden to enter. Her father, a pioneer who was disappeared trying to find a bridge between the worlds. One day while exploring on the danger zone she falls into a deep hollow pit. Wake-ups and finds in a strange world where people are upside down and to them she's. Meets someone who she can trust, and he saves her from falling further into the sky. The mystery about the inverted world and what cause it was told while Patema makes her escape while other men try to hunt her down.

    ''The sky eats all sinners.''

    Initially I laughed because few scenes looked so funny, like a kid walking on the street having a hydrogen balloon in his hand. In the other end the story narration was pretty serious, so I put back my concentration to the movie. Falling in a hole and finding yourself in a different world is what basically inspired from the fairy tale 'Alice in Wonderland'. We could have expected that from Studio Ghibli, but this one was completely a science-fiction and that is what this director is famous for. The concept was not the fresh, the story created around it was. The animation was only a little disappointing in few parts. Art was great and I don't know what is the framerate, but the motion was not smooth, especially in the slow motions. Other than technical aspect, it can be enjoyed by anyone without age limit.

    The end twist totally changes the perspective of the story that involved in the earlier. A nice solution, but it will not explain in detail the experiment that caused the world split with two opposite gravity forces. In my opinion, it is fine for not binding it to thoroughly on the science. As it now, everyone can understand it, even the common people. You know everyone can't be intelligent like who are, entertainment is the notion and this movie serves it well. I thought after the legend Miyazaki's retirement, the anime industry may fall behind, but his son and especially this filmmaker looks very promising and a few others I have noticed. We usually see quite a lot animation movies every year, but not that much anime movies. It is limited, so don't miss the opportunity if you get one for this movie.
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  3. Jan 4, 2015
    9
    This is one of the most interesting and visually stunning dystopian future films I have ever seen. Although the character development andThis is one of the most interesting and visually stunning dystopian future films I have ever seen. Although the character development and interactions can seem somewhat rudimentary at times, the concept and artwork are executed so spectacularly that I was completely engrossed for the entire movie. Also, the flow of this movie is nearly perfect; the action and twists are mixed well with the emotional scenes, light comedy, and exposition to maintain an enthralling experience through and through. It may not have the most enveloping love story, but Patema Inverted is sure to thrill your eyes and mind. Expand

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