Honey, Alexander Payne shrunk everyone in the ‘Downsizing’ trailer

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One big idea makes Downsizing a must-see film this fall.

We all have big dreams, but what if your dream was to make everything small? This is the idea at the center of Alexander Payne’s new film Downsizing, which takes a classic science fiction trope and spins it in a way that makes everything feel new again.

Set in the not too distant future Downsizing finds our planet struggling to cope with the problem of overpopulation. A scientific breakthrough allows people the option of choosing to become small, which in turn opens a new world of possibilities. You can view the trailer above.

The official synopsis for Downsizing reads:

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

Alexander Payne has always had a knack for capturing the human experience with lightness and intelligence, but this movie looks like something truly special. Not since the 1990s has a studio dared to take a chance on shrunken world movies, but something about this script did the trick. Here’s hoping it’s a hit.

Downsizing opens this December, just in time to make a play for Best Picture consideration at the Oscars. Comment below and let us know if you plan to see this film in theaters.