Alexander Payne's Downsizing has had a mixed reception - including from us, but the concept itself is pretty solid. It explored the question of whether we're doing enough to combat the waste caused by our own existence, as a character muses that humanity is heading to an extinction-level reboot of the species. But in the original version of the film, this wasn't a hypothetical.
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Video: The first trailer for Downsizing focused more on explaining the big ideas about its kooky sci-fi concepts - a world where dwindling resources has driven the creation of technology that shrinks humans down to sizes small enough reduce their impact on the environment. The new trailer is a little bit more about what comes after that process.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
I feel like a bad reporter for admitting this, but when I heard Alexander Payne -- the director of movies like Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, Nebraska and The Descendants -- was making a new film, I just assumed Gizmodo wouldn't cover it. I didn't even look into it. I knew I'd see it, probably love it, and it would probably be nominated for a bunch of awards. But I had no idea what it was actually about.