Downsizing | Matt Damon goes small in Alexander Payne’s surreal satire

Downsizing Kristen Wiig Matt Damon

We are meant for something bigger.

Matt Damon’s well-meaning chump Paul wants to spice up his dull life while doing his bit to save the planet. So he and his wife (Kristen Wiig) sign up for a futuristic medical procedure that will shrink them to five inches in height: great for their carbon footprint. What’s more, their equity will go a long way in this new Lilliputian world where a diamond bracelet only costs $83.

Inevitably, in Alexander Payne’s satirical sci-fi comedy Downsizing, the reality doesn’t quite meet Paul’s expectations. And it isn’t long before he discovers that the downsized world also has its haves and have-nots, personified by two new acquaintances – Christoph Waltz’s gleefully shifty Eurotrash entrepreneur and Hong Chau’s resourceful Vietnamese refugee. Payne’s film has some big ideas but at two and a quarter hours the plot is too baggy to make them count.

Certificate 15. Runtime 135 mins. Director Alexander Payne

Downsizing opens on 19 January.