|Directed by||:||Alexander Payne||Produced by||:||Megan Ellison, Mark Johnson, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor||Starring||:||Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig||Production company||:||Ad Hominem Enterprises||Country||:||United States|
Downsizing: Alexander Payne's sci-fi satire grapples with big ideas and tiny characters
With his new film Downsizing, Alexander Payne the director of such critically acclaimed, sharp-edged comedies as Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants – is going big by going small.
Set in a near-future in which scientists hoping to avert a global environmental catastrophe have figured out how to shrink people down to five inches in size, the film centres on a mild-mannered Midwestern Everyman named Paul Safranek (Matt Damon). After undergoing the miniaturisation procedure, Safranek meets a similarly Liliputian but fiery-spirited disabled Vietnamese dissident named Ngoc Lan Tran (Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Hong Chau) and sets off on a profoundly life-changing adventure.